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CONVENTION HALL, Ocean City, July 11, 1899. The Maryland State Teachers' Association met this evening at 8.30 o'clock in thirty-second session, and was called to order by the President, Professor John T. White, of Cumberland, Md. .
The exercises opened with a solo by Miss Combs. Rev. James C. Nicholson invoked the Divine blessing upon the session of the Association.
The President then introduced the Hon. James E. Ellegood, of Salisbury, who made the address of welcome. After many humorous allusions to the superstitions and legends of the past in connection with the history of the Eastern Shore, the speaker extended to the members of the Association a most cordial greeting and a hearty welcome to the hospitalities of Ocean City.
Professor E. B. Prettyman, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, happily responded to the address of welcome, and thanked the former speaker for his kind words, after which he spoke of the noble work of the teacher, and the exalted position he occupies.
His Excellency, Lloyd Lowndes, Governor of Maryland, and President of the State Board of Education, was next introduced to the Convention by President White, and addressed it upon the subject of “Popular Education.” The speaker paid a glowing tribute to those engaged in the profession of teaching, and especially regretted the very small salaries paid to the teachers for their arduous labors.
The Association was next entertained with a duet by Miss · Combs and Miss Tate.
President White then delivered his “Inaugural Address," which was replete with ennobling thought and suggestions to all engaged in the profession.
On motion, President White was excused from further attendance upon the sessions of the Convention, on account of serious illness in his family, the Association expressing its regrets and sympathy at the President's affliction and absence.
The Association was again favored with a solo by Miss Tate, after which, on motion, an adjourninent was ordered till Wednesday, 10 o'clock, A. M.
WEDNESDAY A. M.
OCEAN City, Mo., July 12, 1899. The Maryland State Teachers' Association met this A. M. at 10 o'clock, and was called to order by Vice-President Boblitz:
The secretary read the minutes of the last session, which were declared approved.
Miss Tate next rendered a solo, after which Prof. Joseph Blair, of Sparrow's Point, read a well prepared paper on the subject of “The Kindergarten as a part of the Public School System.”
Dr. S. E. Forman, State Institute Conductor, next read an interesting paper on “What Knowledge is of Most Worth."
Presiding Officer Boblitz then announced the following committees: On Resolutions:
E. B. PRETTYMAN,
CHAS. E. DRYDEN.
EPHRIAM L. BOBLITZ,
REV. A. G. HARLEY,
GRAHAM WATSON. A resolution offered by Mr. Pearson was referred to the Committee on Resolutions, without reading.
“The Teacher's Self-Training” was the subject of a paper prepared and read by Miss Ella M. Pippin.
Remarks complimentary on the above paper were made by Dr. H. B. Gwynn.
Several resolutions were offered at this stage, and at once referred to the Committee on Resolutions, without further action.
On motion, the Association adjourned until 4 P. M.
WEDNESDAY, July 12, 1899. The Convention re-assembled this P. M. at 4 o'clock with Mr. E. L. Boblitz, Vice-President, in the chair.
After a musical selection the chair introduced Prof. Basil Sollers, of Baltimore, who addressed the Convention upon the subject of “Nature Studies," and invited the teachers especially to assist in making a complete catalogue of all the varied plant life of the State, but more especially of the rarer varieties.
A motion to appoint a Committee on Nominations was adopted and the chair appointed as said Committee Messrs. H. G. Weimar, of Cumberland; John P. Clark, of Mt. Washington; Dr. A. E. Sudler, of Sudlersville; Z. P. Wharton, of Stockton; Miss Victoria Hayden, of Pikesville.
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After a musical selection Miss Carolyn Wharton entertained the Association with a finely rendered recitation.
Dr. T. H. Lewis, President of Western Maryland College, Westminster, next addressed the Convention upon the “Ethics of Expression," and was followed by Prof. F. D. Morrison, Superintendent of the School for the Blind, who explained the workings of the school, its methods and splendid results.
On motion, the Association then adjourned till 10 A. M. Thursday.
OCEAN City, Mo., Thursday, July 13, 1899. The Maryland State Teachers' Association reconvened this date at 10.30 A. M., and was called to order by Vice-President E. L. Boblitz.
The minutes of the morning and the afternoon session of Wednesday were read and declared approved.
The chair next introduced to the Convention Dr. John S. Fulton, Secretary of the State Board of Health, who addressed the Association upon “Teaching Hygiene in the Public Schools.”
Telegrams from Prof. W. B. Clark, of Johns Hopkins University, and Prof. A. H. Hopkins, of the Bel Air High School, regretting their inability, through sickness, to be present at the sittings of the convention, were read.
On motion, the thanks of the Association were tendered Dr. Fulton for his very able paper.
Miss Combs next rendered a very pleasing solo, and was followed by Miss S. E. Richmond, of the State Normal School, who read a most excellent paper on “Our Aims as Teachers,” to which the audience gave undivided attention.
A paper on “Voice Training," by Miss Agnes M. McLean, of Normal School, was then read by the author, to the pleasure and profit of all who heard it.
The last paper was further considered and discussed by Prof. Edward Reisler, of Talbot County, and Prof. Chas. T. Wright, of the Havre de Grace High School.
On motion, an adjournment was ordered till 4 P. M.
OCEAN City, Mo., Thursday, July 13, 1899. The Maryland Teachers' Association re-assembled at 4 P. M., Mr. E. L. Boblitz, presiding.
The minutes of the Morning Session were read and approved.
Mr. John D. Worthington read the following report of the work of the Executive Committee:
JULY 13, 1899. Your Committee begs leave to report that after a tenure of office extending over a period of two years they are now ready to summarize their work, and ask for their discharge.
In April, 1898, the Committee met at the Maryland State Normal School, and in deference to the wishes of your President and a widely expressed wish and desire from teachers throughout the State, unanimously decided to postpone for one year the usual meeting in order that teachers might avail themselves of the opportunity to attend the meeting of the National Association, held in Washington, D. C., July 10-14.
Accordingly, headquarters were established at the Ebbitt House, where every effort was made to cater to the comfort and convenience of those in attendance, as well as to keep in line with our ambitious sister republics, who miss no opportunity to show what they are doing in the educational field.
Nearly two hundred teachers enrolled their name at headquarters, and from the popularity shown by the ever shifting throng of visitors it is believed that fully five hundred persons enjoyed their comfort and convenience.
Early in March last the resignation of Col Charles B. Rogers as a member of the Committee was received and accepted, and the valuable services of Mr. Edwin Hebden, of Baltimore City, were secured, he having taken part in all subsequent proceedings.
About the same time, in response to the sentiment of the State expressed up to that date, the Blue Mountain House was selected as the place to hold the present meetings, but in May, in response to a more general expression of opinion on the subject, the Committee reconsidered its previous action and accepted the very cordial invitation of the Eastern Shore that the Association meet at Ocean City.
That the selection was a happy one, needs no argument from the Committee, since an unusually full attendance attests its popularity.
With no disposition to enlarge upon the long line of routine work which fell to its lot, but with an expression of its high regard and appreciation of the kindness it has reccived at your hands, the Committee submits its brief report and asks for its discharge. On behalf of the Committee:
John D. WORTHINGTON, Chairman.
On motion, the report was adopted.
Prof. Albert S. Cook, Principal of the Reisterstown High School (Franklin), next read a paper on “Educational Ideals Among the Greeks.”
An interesting paper upon “The Pollard System of Teaching Reading” was then read by Miss Anna L., Miller, of the Hagerstown High School.
The subject was further discussed by Miss M. Luckett Iglehart, of Anne Arundel County, and Mr. George C. Pearson, Examiner of Washington County
Mr. George Biddle, Chairman of the Auditing Committee, read the following report:
OCEAN City, MD., July 12, 1899. We, the undersigned, the Auditing Committee of the Maryland State Teachers' Association, have examined the within report of the Treasurer and compared it with the vouchers. We find the report correct, and beg leave, respectfully, so to report.