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President's Address.

W. L. WELCKER, of Knoxville.

Gentlemen of the Bar Association of Tennessee:

Our by-laws prescribe the order of entertainment when in convention assembled. One part is voluntary, and the other compulsory, as, for instance, the address of your president. The delivery of this address is only part of the onerous duty of the presiding officer, but the only emolument which he receives is the compulsory attention which the members of this assembly are compelled to render him in its delivery.

The president should have been present at the opening session on yesterday, and among other things, helped welcome and entertain our distinguished visitors from another State, but the argument had not been concluded in one of his important suits, the trial of which had been commenced several days before, prevented him enjoying the pleasures and privileges of the first day of the association. He hopes that you have not suffered by reason of this absence, except in the appearance of a lack of hospitality thus occasioned, which he hopes will in some degree be atoned for by his helplessness; and he feels sure that the punishment was greater that he suffered in the failure to partake of the feast of good things, prepared by the Central Council for the disciples of Blackstone, at this first intellectual dining. In view of the nature, which, to a large extent, this address must take, you as well as the president, are to be congratulated that the Legislature of Tennessee has not been in session since our last annual meeting.

Only the acts, therefore, of the last session of Congress must be reviewed, and in volume and importance this is no mean undertaking. In the time allowable it will be impossible to do more than merely mention the great bulk of public acts

passed, and without further preliminaries your attention is in. vited to them.

Nineteen separate acts were passed relating to the administration of government of the District of Columbia, such asgranting charters of incorporation, changing the names of certain societies, fixing salaries of certain officers, relating to the collection of taxes, and extension of certain streets of the city of Washington, none of which except very remotely concern people at a distance.

RELATING TO JUDICIAL CIRCUITS AND DISTRICTS.

Acts were passed attaching certain counties in various States from one and attaching them to another judicial district or division, viz.:

Invyo, Mariposa and Merced, from the Northern, and attached them to the Southern District in California. Said counties, together with Madeira, Fresno, King and Kern are hereafter to constitute the Northern Division of the Southern District, and Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Barnadino, San Louis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to constitute the Southern Division of said district and State.

Concho county, Texas, is detached from the Western and attached to the Northern District thereof. The Northern District of New York is divided and times and places of holding courts therein designated. Ford county, Texas, is detached and attached to the Fort Worth Division of the Northern District of said State. Dyer county, in West Tennessee, is attached to the Western Division of the Western District in said State.

Courts were established as follows: In Louisiana at Opatousas, Alexandria, Monroe and Shreveport; in Florida, Ocala; North Carolina, Newbern and Elizabeth City; Iowa at Creston; in Wisconsin at Superior City; in Georgia at Rome; in Virginia at Charlottesville; in Mississippi, Biloxi; in South Carolina at Florence; in Indian Territory at Poteau; in California at Fresno, und Los Angeles, and in Tennessee at Green ville, where court will be held hereafter for the counties of

Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hawkins, Hamblen, Hancock, Johnson, Sullivan and Washington, on the fourth Mondays of February and August of each year,

ON NAVIGATION, CEMETERIES, FORTS, ETC.

Separate acts were passed, making allowance for claims for stores reported by the Court of Claims; disposing of Fort Beaufort in North Dakota and Montana; authorizing the repair of cemetery road at Newbern, North Carolina; retiring Andrew Geddis with rank of captain; granting right of way for water company through public lands to Flag Staff, Ariz.; extending time for examination of accounts in War Department; extending to certain publications of the Agricultural Department the privilege of second-class mail matter; granting right of way through Arsenal grounds at Pittsburg, Pa., to the Allegheny Valley Railway Company; providing for repairs of the vessel Thetis; inspecting the boilers o fthe Alvena and Ailsa; changing the name of the City of Paris; providing for American register for steam whaler Bowhead, steamer Windward, barge Davidson, Star of Italy, Star of Bengal, steamships Gerrone and Esther; amending the Revised Statutes of the United States in relation to lighting of steam pilot vessels; for the preservation of the frigate Constitution; in relation to log entries for collisions; for the insane in the quartermaster's department of the volunteer service; declaring Cu. viere river not navigable; extending the time for the completion of the incline railway in Hot Springs Reservation, Arkansas; to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue patents to the city of Elrino, Oklahoma, for cemetery purposes, of certain public lands; declaring the trestles of the Washington County Railroad Company lawful structures, and one creating certain additional United States commissioners in the Northern District of Indian Territory.

CUSTOMS AND COMMERCE.

Acts establishing the following ports of delivery: Worces

ter, Mass; South Manchester, Conn.; Calais, Me., and Durham, N. C.

Granting the right to immediate transportation of dutiable merchandise without appraisement to the following places: Astoria, Ore., Greenbay, Wis.; Eagle Pass and El Paso, Tex., and Nogales, Ariz; facilitating the entry of steamships into ports of Hawaii and Porto Rico, which have been engaged in the coasting trade, and finally an act fixing the salary of the collector at Honolulu at the sum of $4,000 per annum.

BRIDGES AND DAMS.

Separate acts were passed allowing dams to be constructed across the following rivers: New river, in Virginia; Rainy Lake river and the Mississippi river at Minneapols, Minn.

Bridges were permitted as follows: Over Fishing creek and Lumber river, in North Carolina; Missouri river, in Missouri; Missouri river, at Pierre, S. D.; North Red river, between Minnesota and North Dakota; over Mississippi river, at St. Paul, Minn.; Dubuque, Io.; Grand Rapids, Minn.; over the Red river at Alexandria; in Parish Watchitoches, La., and also in North Dakota; Monongahela river, in Pennsylvania; East river, in New York; Rainy river, Minnesota; St. Charles, in Massachu setts; Pearl river, in Mississippi; Tallahatchie river, Mississippi; Big Sandy river, between West Virginia and Kentucky; Snake river, at Nome City, Alaska; Bartholomew ba you, Louisiana; Ochmulgee and Oconee rivers, in Georgia, and Back Bay at Biloxi, Miss. An act was also passed to permit the regulation of the running of logs and steam vessels upon navigable streams.

RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS AND RESERVATIONS.

Separate Acts were passed on the many subjects following:

An Act granting the Fort Hayes Military Reservation unto the State of Kansas for an experiment station for the State Normal School and Agricultural College; granting certain lands for a park to the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas; to settle the title to real estate in the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico; in relation to the homesteads of single women who subsequently marry: regulating the use of timber and stone for domestic and industrial purposes in Indian Territory; providing for sale of isolated and disconnected tracts of Osage trust and reserved lands in State of Kansas; extending the law relating to coal lands of United States to the District of Alaska; authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to designate certain lands in San Juan county, Colorado, and authorizing the Mayor of Silverton to enter said lands for cemetery purposes; authorizing the purchase of certain lands in the District of Alaska; allowing the State of Wyoming to relinquish title to certain lands to the United States, and select lands in lieu thereof from the public domain; providing for free homesteads to bona fide settlers upon the public lands; granting right to Colorado CoOperative Colony to permit second homesteads in certain cases and for other purposes; setting apart a portion of the Arlington estate for experimental agricultural purposes under the jurisdiction of Secretary of Agriculture.

Because relating to game, in the preservation of which many lawyers are, as all people should be, interested, attention is called to an Act enlarging the powers of the Agricultural Department so as to prohibit the transportation by Interstate Commerce of game, etc., killed in violation of law and for other purposes. By the first section of this Act, this department of the government is given power to prohibit the destruction and interference with, and to restore game birds, and wild birds, subject to the laws of the various States and Territories where they have become scarce or extinct, and to introduce American and foreign birds and animals where they have not heretofore existed, and to disseminate useful knowledge in regard to them, and to make rules and regulations to carry forward this purpose.

By the second section it is made a misdemeanor for any person to import into the United States any foreign wild animal or bird, without special permit from the said department, except they be for museum and natural history specimen, or certain caged birds such as canarie, parrots, etc.

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