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Special Committee to consider the Report of the 1912-1913
They May Dieem Proper
Thirty-second Annual Meeting of the Bar Association
Memphis, Tennessee, June 25, 26, 1913
The thirty-second annual meeting of the Bar Association of Tennessee was called to order in the Goodwyn Institute at Memphis, Tennessee, at 10:30 o'clock on the morning of June 25th, 1913, by President Albert W. Biggs, of Memphis.
The President :-Gentlemen, the Association will come to order. It affords me very great pleasure to present Dr. A.'B. Curry, the Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church of this city, who will open the meeting with prayer. We will stand. Dr. Curry
Dr. Curry Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we adore Thee as the Almighty Maker of the heavens and the earth, the sea and all the things therein, who has made the planets and the stars and the sun and the flowers and the dew-drops, and the mortal spirit of man, and who has placed them all under law, physical law, moral and spiritual law, perfect and beautiful law. We humbly beseech Thee to look down with Thy favored grace upon these men of the law as they meet in their annual assembly.
We thank Thee, Oh God, for our country and for its splendid and blessed institutions. We thank Thee especially this morning for the judicial department of our government, our courts of justice, the great bulwark of our liberties and our freedom. We thank Thee for them, and now ask each man to have great and far-reaching influence in the successes and usefulness of this department of our government here meeting together in their annual meeting. Oh, Lord, God of our fathers and our God, look down we pray Thee in favor and in blessing upon them. Bless each individual in his own private labors at home and prosper and bless them as they are in assembly gathered. Bless their presiding officer, and all the officers of the Association and each individual member, and grant that this annual meeting, Oh Lord, may be blessed indeed with the promotion of just legislation, and we do humbly beseech Thee that when we shall all stand at Thy Bar in the last great day of assizes that we may all have the services of that great and righteous advocate whose pleadings are always prevailing with the great Judge of all.
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. T'hy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Mr. Biggs:-Gentlemen, it affords me very great pleasure to present to you one of the leading lawyers of Tennessee, of whom the Memphis bar is now and has long been proud, who in behalf of the bar of Memphis and the City of Memphis will extend to you a welcome. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Metcalf.
Mr. President and Brethren of the Bar:
If I were called upon to welcome delegates attending a commercial, industrial or other like convention, it could not be deemed an ungracious welcome, if I to adopt the exhilarating vernacular of the booster, and tell them in the outset that we have the greatest city south of Mason and Dixon's line, soon to rival leading cities north of it—a line, I may add, long ago obliterated politically, but always to remain, as the lovable and lamented Robert L. Taylor has said, the dividing line between cold bread and hot biscuit.
I could, without the imputation of inhospitality, exhibit to them the latest folder of the Business Men's Club, with