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We desire to express our appreciation of the thoughtful and intelligent reports which have appeared in the Atlantic City Review and the Atlantic City Press, and of the reports sent out by the Atlantic City correspondents of other papers, and to all those who have contributed to make this convention so delightful.
We wish to place on record the obligation of this Association, and of the brewing industry at large, to Mr. William Hamm, of St. Paul, who inspired and originated our Organization Bureau, and gave it his personal direction at its inception until it was fairly established. Mr. Hamm has served as Trustee, and as Chairman of Standing Committees, and as Vice-President for many years, and none of our members has performed more self-sacrificing and efficient service. It is a matter of great regret that his health will not permit him to continue his active work with us. (Applause).
THE PRESIDENT:-Gentlemen, you have heard the report of the Committee on Resolutions; what is your pleasure?
On motion the report was accepted and filed.
THE PRESIDENT:-The next in order, gentlemen, will be new business, and I believe there is a request here from the New Orleans brewers. They wish to be heard in regard to inviting us to their city next year. The Chair will recognize Mr. Sullivan.
NEW ORLEANS WINS NEXT CONVENTION.
MR. SULLIVAN:-Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention, I have been delegated by the Civic and State authorities of our municipality and commonwealth to invite the United States Brewers' Association to hold its next convention in New Orleans. It is useless, gentlemen of the Convention, for me to attempt to lay before you or in any glowing terms to picture the many beauties of New Orleans that would attract you thither next year. Suffice it to say, however, that our municipality is no better or no worse than any of the great municipalities of the country. (Applause). I believe, gentlemen, that the bringing of the convention to our southland, to Louisiana, to New Orleans—an oasis, we may say, in a desert of prohibitionist territory-will mean much good to our cause in the South. We have never asked the United States Brewers' Association for any aid in fighting our prohibition enemies, because, my friends, it has not heretofore been necessary.
But the mere fact that you will meet in New Orleans within close touch of all the southern States, surrounded by States some of which, perhaps, are on the verge of prohibition and can be rescued from it, States that need aid, and the confidence that you will inspire by bringing to our city this magnificent and splendid representative body of men, representing an industry that has made its worth felt in the material, national and civic pride of our country,will give new hope and courage to us in the South. My friends, I am going to delay you no longer, I only desire to suggest to those of you from this section and from the eastern section that forty hours' travel on the best railroads of the country will place you in New Orleans from your homes in the East, and twenty-four hours' travel from Chicago will likewise place you there. Those who desire to take the beautiful ocean trip via the Southern Pacific line, from New York to New Orleans, can make it in five days, and, my friends, it will be an innovation, something that has been unheard of in our history before, if you gentlemen of the Pacific Coast, if you gentlemen of California and Oregon and Washington avail yourselves of the privilege of making the trip by water from your coast to New Orleans through the Panama Canal, which will then be open.
I can only ask you, my friends, to favor us next year, and to favor the South, and bring your Convention there. You will be welcomed by big-hearted men, by energetic men, by men of your industry who are the bone and sinew of civic progress in our various southern municipalities. I am not going to detain you linger. Let me simply ask you again that you come to New Orleans in 1914. (Applause).
MR. MULVIHILL:-Mr. President and fellow members of the United States Brewers' Association, if it is in order, I will make a motion that the next convention be held in the City of New Orleans. (Applause).
THE PRESIDENT: Is that motion seconded?
MR. PABST:-I second the motion.
THE PRESIDENT:-Are there any other invitations? If
not, I will put the motion.
The motion was put and unanimously carried.
MR. SULLIVAN:-Mr. President, permit me, in the name of my colleagues from New Orleans, to thank thi Convention for its generous reception of the invitation extended, and we assure you that at no place have you ever received a better welcome than we will give you in the Crescent City. (Applause).
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTION.
THE PRESIDENT:-The next in order will be the report of the Nominating Committee, Mr. Faust, Chairman.
MR. FAUST:-Mr. President and Gentlemen, after due consideration and deliberation, your Nominating Committee, in session last evening, have the following report to present, and I would ask the Secretary to read the nominations of that Committee.
THE SECRETARY:-The Nominating Committee unanimously reports the following nominations:
For President, Edward A. Schmidt, of Philadelphia. (Applause). For First Vice-President, Gustave Pabst, of Milwaukee. (Applause).
For Second Vice-President, Louis B. Schram, of Brooklyn. (Applause). For Third Vice-President, John Gardiner, of Philadelphia. (Cheers and Applause). For Treasurer, Gustave W. Lembeck, of Jersey City. (Applause). The six Trustees, the others holding over, are:-Edward Ruhl, of Boston, Mass.; Herman Straub, of Pittsburg, Penna.; Ernest Fecker, Jr., of Danville, Ill.; Edward G. Schlieder, of New Orleans, La.; Rudolph J. Schaefer, of New York, New York; Chas. Wiedemann, of Newport, Ky. (Applause).
The Chairmen of the Seven Standing Committees, who, exofficio, are members of the Board of Trustees, are:
JAMES R. NICHOLSON, Boston, Mass.
ARTHUR ALLEY, Boston, Mass. . LOUIS B. SCHRAM, Brooklyn, N. Y. Publication Committee....A. G. HUPFEL, JR., New York, N. Y. Membership Committee....AUGUST GOEBEL, JR., Detroit, Mich. Crop Improvement Committee... . . . . . E. A. FAUST, St. Louis, Mo. Transportation and Rates Committee..
C. W. FEIGENSPAN, Newark, N. J.
For additional members of the above standing Committees:
GUSTAVE W. LEMBECK, Jersey City, N. J.
SPENCER H. OVER, Providence, R. I.
GEORGE F. GUND, Cleveland, Ohio
AUGUST LINDEMANN, Milwaukee, Wis.
EDWARD RUHL, Boston, Mass.
HERMAN STRAUB, Pittsburgh, Pa.
WILLIAM F. HARRINGTON, Portsmouth, N. H.
HENRY GUND, LaCrosse, Wis.
Crop Improvement Committee.
GUSTAVE PABST, Milwaukee, Wis.
AUGUST FITGER, Duluth, Minn.
OTTO HUBER, Rock Island, Ill.
THOMAS ALTON, San Francisco, Cal.
Committee on Transportation and Rates.
E. A. FAUST, Chairman
N. W. KENDALL
G. R. POTTS
CARL J. HOSTER
THE PRESIDENT:-Gentlemen, you have heard the report of the Nominating Committee. What is your pleasure?
MR. ADOLPH G. HUPFEL:—I move that the Secretary be instructed to cast one ballot for the nominations of the Committee. The motion was duly seconded and unanimously carried.
THE PRESIDENT:-The Secretary is so instructed.
THE SECRETARY:-Mr. President, I take pleasure in casting a ballot for the nominations as made by the Committee, which constitutes their election.
THE NEW PRESIDENT.
THE PRESIDENT:-I now appoint Mr. Faust and Senator Hinchliffe as a committee to escort the new President to the Chair.
The Committee appointed by the retiring President escorted the incoming President to the platform.
PRESIDENT RUPPERT:-Gentlemen, I now take great pleasure in introducing to you the new President of the United States Brewers' Association, and I congratulate you all upon the man you have selected to fill this place. You could not have made a wiser choice or found a man better equipped, and we all should be