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Therefore, any legislation of this character modeled upon that now in force could not by any possibility be uniform, as the Board of Inspectors in each state having the right to make such rules would decide according to the rules so promulgated as to what constituted a safe construction, or a safe condition of boilers. The forty-eight boards might have that many different ideas on the subject.
Second: Any uniform law merely covering the matter of appointment and organization of the inspectors would embrace only an unimportant detail, and would not be worthy the consideration of the Conference.
Third: Unless the tests to which boilers of different sizes and kinds shall be subjected are definitely provided in the act, no uniformity in legislation is possible.
Fourth As to whether, taking into account the varied uses to which steam boilers are put in the different sections of the country, any schedule or list of tests of universal application could be embodied in a statute, is a matter requiring the careful consideration of mechanical engineers, and the committee was not authorized by the resolution appointing it to employ the service of such experts.
It has therefore been decided by the committee to report the matter back to the Conference with a request that it determine by proper resolution whether it deems the importance of the matter sufficient to justify incurring this expense, and if so, whether the present committee shall be continued for another year, or a new committee upon the subject appointed.
C. A. SEVERANCE,
RALPH W. BRECKENRIDGE.
BY WILLIAM H. STAAKE, OF PENNSYLVANIA.
Mr. President and fellow-Commissioners: I beg leave to offer the following minute:
"The Commissioners on Uniform State Laws," assembled in the Windsor Hotel in the City of Montreal, in their Twentythird Annual Conference, have have received the sad intelligence of the sudden death, in the City of Des Moines in the State of Iowa, as the result of an automobile accident, of their friend, and associate Commissioner, the Honorable Ralph W. Breckenridge, of the State of Nebraska, on the eighth day of August, Anno Domini 1913.
Ralph W. Breckenridge became a member of the Conference of Commissioners at the Sixteenth Conference, held at St. Paul, Minnesota, August 25 to 29, 1906, since which time he had been, to the date of his decease, actively interested and employed in the promotion of uniformity of legislation in the various jurisdictions of the states, territories, districts and possessions of the United States of America. As Chairman of and as a member of important committees of the Conference he liberally contributed of his time, talents and learning in the drafting of legislation for submission for enactment by the states of the nation. As a learned lawyer, an eloquent speaker and earnest advocate, he rendered faithful service and commanded and received our respect and admiration. As a man, companion and friend he won and retained our friendship and affection. The death of Ralph W. Breckenridge, so sudden and unexpected, in the prime of his vigorous life and being, is not only a great loss to the Conference of Commissioners, but to the Bar of the nation, and especially to the community in which he lived.
The Commissioners on Uniform State Laws record their sincere sorrow for the death of their eminent colleague and their profound sympathy for his wife and children, in their greater sorrow in the loss of their beloved husband and father, and direct that copy of this minute be entered upon the records of this Conference and be sent to the family of their lamented colleague and friend.
F. M. SIMONTON.
BY W. A. BLOUNT, OF FLORIDA.
Mr. President, I present the following:
Died at Tampa, Wednesday, May 14, 1913, F. M. Simonton. He was a native Floridian, and born at Micanopy, June 15, 1869. His father was J. H. Simonton, a native of South Carolina, who settled in Florida in 1857, and engaged in planting, and his mother, whose maiden name was Mary McIlvane, was of North Carolinian birth.
Judge Simonton was educated at the Gordon Institute, Barnesville, Georgia, where he graduated in June, 1887. In June of the following year he graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia. In 1890 he began to practise law at Tampa, Florida, and continued that practically until his death; from 1895 until 1897 he presided over the Municipal Court of Tampa; on April 27, 1907, he was appointed to the office of County Solicitor of Hillsborough County, by Governor W. S. Jennings. He held that office with distinction for several. years, and then retiired to his law practice, which soon became one of the largest in the state. He was very active in politics, having been, at different times, Chairman of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee, and member of the State Committee. He was a member of the Masons, Odd Fellows, and Knights of Pythias.
His connection with this body is too recent and too much impressed upon us all to need extensive comment. Always in attendance, with an active and, at the same time, accurate mind, with a conscience earnest in doing well that which he undertook
to do, he was of much assistance in the labors of this body, and his unfailing courtesy and kindly consideration made him a companion always to be desired and a friend ever to be remembered.
Be it Resolved, That in him, we have lost a zealous and indefatigable worker and a friend whose place it would be difficult to fill; and
Be it Resolved, That these resolutions be entered upon the minutes, and a copy of them sent to his family, with the sincerest sympathy for them in their bereavement.
FIFTH ANNUAL MEETING
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
MONTREAL, CANADA, AT THE WINDSOR HOTEL
September 3 and 4, 1913
OFFICERS OF THE INSTITUTE
QUINCY A. MYERS, Justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana, State House, Indianapolis, Ind.
CHARLES A. DECOURCY, Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Boston, Mass.
KATHARINE B. DAVIS, Superintendent, State Reformatory for Women,
Bedford Hills, N. Y.
FRANK H. NORCROSS, Justice of the Supreme Court of Nevada, Carson
WILLIAM A. WHITE, Superintendent Government Hospital for the Insane, Washington, D. C.
DAVID C. PEYTON, Superintendent, State Reformatory, Jeffersonville, Indiana.
BRONSON WINTHROP, 32 Liberty St., New York City.
HENRY W. BALLANTINE, Madison, Wis., Professor of the Law in the State University.