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in order that it might serve, measurably, as a guide or basis, at Jeast, for the deliberations of the many States Legislatures which should have the subject under consideration.
Fourth Since the last meeting of this Association, the Uniform Negotiable Instruments Act has been adopted in five additional states and one territory, thus making the total number of states, territories, federal districts and possessions which have adopted this Act forty-six. The names of these states and territory are as follows: Vermont, Indiana, Minnesota, South Dakota, Arkansas and Alaska.
Fifth Since the last meeting of this Association, four additional states and one territory have adopted the Uniform Warehouse Receipts Act, thus making the number of states, territories, federal districts and possessions which have put the Act upon their statute books twenty-nine. The names of these states and territory are as follows: Vermont, Washington, Minnesota, South Dakota and Alaska.
Sixth: A similar and commensurate progress has been made in the adoption by various additional states and territory of the Sales Act, the Stock Transfer Act and the Bills of Lading Act. The names of the states and territory which have adopted these Acts, respectively, during the past year are as follows: The Sales Act; Michigan and Alaska: the Stock Transfer Act; New York, Michigan and Alaska: the Bills of Lading Act: New Jersey and Alaska.
Seventh: Your committee is most happy to note the signal increase of interest in the work of the conference throughout the country as demonstrated by the fact that forty-eight states, the District of Columbia, the territories and federal possessions of the United States have now appointed commissioners to attend the conference and engage in the work which it is pursuing; and by the further fact, not so definite from a statistical point of view, but none the less of vast importance, that the legislatures and governors of the various states are familiarizing themselves with the work of the conference and giving interested attention to and co-operation in its labors.
The accomplishment of uniformity of law requires not only uniformity of statutes in the several states, but likewise uniformity of decisions under such statutes. To that end, it is earnestly urged that members of the Association whenever and wherever opportunity may present itself, call to the attention of the courts the purpose of the uniform statutes, the decisions of other states under their corresponding statutes, and the desirability of maintaining uniformity by the decisions in particular cases then pending before such courts, or which may thereafter be presented to them.
Eighth Your committee recommends the adoption of the following resolution.
Resolved, That the Marriage Evasion Act, approved by the conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws at Milwaukee in August, 1912, be and the same hereby is approved by this body and recommended to the legislatures of the various states for enactment into law.
Resolved, That the American Bar Association, through its officers, executive committee and its general and local councils, lend its efforts and assistance to secure the adoption by the states which have not already adopted them, of the Uniform Acts which have been heretofore or which may be hereafter approved by this body.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
CHARLES THADDEUS TERRY, Chairman,
M. G. CUNNIFF,
JOHN C. RIchberg,
CHARLES W. SMITH,
W. O. HART,
H. E. HAMLIN,
A. T. STOVALL,
SENECA N. TAYLOR,
JOHN L. WEBSTER, HUGH H. BROWN, IRA A. CHASE, JOHN R. HARDIN, JAMES G. FITCH, J. CRAWFORD BIGGS, HARRY R. TURNER, SETH S. WHEELER, CLINTON O. BUNN, CHARLES H. CAREY, WALTER GEORGE SMITH, AMASA M. EATON,
T. MOULTRIE MORDECAI,
U. S. G. CHERRY,
P. L. WILLIAMS,
ON THE SUBJECT OF MARRIAGES IN ANOTHER STATE OR COUNTRY IN EVASION OR VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF DOMICILE IN FINAL FORM APPROVED BY THE CONFERENCE, AUGUST, 1912.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted, etc.: That if any person residing and intending to continue to reside in this state who is disabled or prohibited from contracting marriage under the laws of this state shall go into another state or country and there contract a marriage prohibited and declared void by the laws of this state, such marriage shall be null and void for all purposes in this state with the same effect as though such prohibited marriage had been entered into in this state.
SEC. 2. No marriage shall be contracted in this state by a party residing and intending to continue to reside in another state or jurisdiction if such marriage would be void if contracted in such other state or jurisdiction and every marriage celebrated
in this state in violation of this provision shall be null and void. SEC. 3. Before issuing a license to marry to a person who resides and intends to continue to reside in another state the officer having authority to issue the license shall satisfy himself by requiring affidavits or otherwise that such person is not prohibited from intermarrying by the laws of the jurisdiction where he or she resides.
SEC. 4. Any official issuing a license with knowledge that the parties are thus prohibited from intermarrying and any person authorized to celebrate marriage who shall knowingly celebrate such a marriage shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished by
COMMITTEE ON PUBLICITY OF THE AMERICAN BAR
To the American Bar Association:
The Committee on Publicity was inaugurated during the year ending August, 1912, pursuant to a resolution of the Executive Committee. In its report to the Association in 1912 the Executive Committee recommended that the Association authorize a Standing Committee on Publicity. This recommendation was adopted, and the Standing Committee now makes its first annual report.
The committee has continued and extended the policy of its predecessor, the Special Committee on Publicity, in furnishing to the press accurate information concerning the Association during the current year. It again emphasizes the point of view of the collector of news for circulation in public print. This was stated in the preceding report as follows:
“What is usual is not news; and there is demand for what the word news itself imports, namely: novelty; and, although a fact may be new it may nevertheless not be of sufficient public interest to circulate generally, so that, in substance, news is necessarily a matter of public interest characterized by novelty."
While this committee has avoided all sensationalism in the information furnished by it to the public press, and has circulated only accurate and truthful information, it has likewise endeavored to be guided by the demand for news.
Its chief activity has been the communication to the respective news agencies of information respecting the Association of such character as was considered of public interest, and in such manner that it could be circulated by the news agencies among their affiliated newspapers; so far as possible this information was