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Whenever any member of the Society is reported to the Corresponding Secretary to have disqualified himself for membership, by reason of dishonorable or vicious conduct, he shall be reported to the President of the Society, who thereupon shall order a court of not less than three members of the Society to investigate the facts and report to the next meeting for the action of the Society in the case.
AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS.
First. That article fourth of the By-Laws be amended so as to read:
"All questions and resolutions, except amendments to the Constitution, shail be decided by a majority of the members present. But amendments proposed to the Constitution shall be acted upon only at the meeting subsequent to the one at which they may be proposed, and shall require a vote of twothirds of all members present.”
SECOND. That any arrears of dues of deceased members may be paid by a relative or friend of a member so as to restore the record of a deceased member, same as provided for restoring the record of a living member who may be in arrears of dues.
THIRD. All persons applying on or after the annual meeting of 1889 for enrollment, shall pay a membership fee of ten dollars; that the annual dues shall contfnue to be one dollar, and that persons applying for membership shall not be required to pay back dues, nor shall they be entitled to receive reports of meetings held previous to 1889, without paying cost of same.
The following resolutlon was adopted at the meeting in Madison Wis. consin, July 4th, 1872:
Resolved, That members of the Society may become life-members on the payment into the treasury of the sum of thirty-five dollars, providing any fee which has been paid by them previous to this time be credited against this life-membership fee. After such life-membership is secured by any member, he shall be relieved from paying the annual dues as provided by the By-Laws.
The following resolution was adopted at the meeting in Springfield, Ill., October 15th, 1874:
Resolved, That any member who shall be in default of payment of any part of his membership fee at our next annual meeting, or any member who shall be in arrears of dues at any time after our next annual meeting, to the amount of five dollars, shall have his name dropped from the published list of members; any member being so dropped, shall have his name restored at any time, when full payment of arrears for fees and dues have been made.
The following notice of the meeting was issued:
HEADQUARTERS SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Y
New York City, August 1st, 1888. To Members of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee:
GENTLEMEN:—The twenty-first annual re-union of the Society will be held at Toledo, O., Wednesday, September 5th, and Thursday, September 6th, 1888.
The annual address will be delivered by Captain Gilbert A. Pierce.
All the arrangements for the meeting will be committed to the care of the following
LOCAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
Gen'l. Jno. W. Fuller, Chairman,
J. S. Kounts,
Surgeon J. W. Bond,
A. M. Woolson,
D. R. Austin. Sec'y,
Officers who have at any time served in the Army or Department of the Tennessee are entitled to membership, and are cordially invited to participate.
Particular attention is called to the fact that the time of holding the meet. ing has been changed from the dates recommended by the Committee and approved by the Society at its last meeting, to September 5th and 6th, for the reason that the dates previously named fall upon Saturday and Sunday. Please have the local press notice.
W. T. SHERMAN,
President. Official, A. HICKENLOOPER, Corresponding Secretary,
Society OF THE ARMY OF THE Tennessee.
TOLEDO, O., Sept. 5, 1888. / At 10:30 A. M. the Society formed at the Boody House, under command of General J. W. Fuller, of the committee, and marched thence to the Toledo Soldiers' Memorial Hall, where the business meetings of the Society were held. At 11 o'clock the Society was called to order by the President, who spoke as follows:
General Sherman:-The Society will now come to order. The local committee having appointed 11 o'clock as our hour of meeting, and it now being 12 o'clock in New York, I infer it is now 11 o'clock here in Toledo.
Gentlemen, I congratulate those who are now present that we are permitted to meet again. This is now our twenty-third annual reunion, although twenty-four years have passed since the close of the war. I am pleased to see so many present, although we are sad to miss the absent ones, who are at rest. Of them we will speak hereafter.
I now will proceed directly to the business of our Society, as it is laid down in our rules. The first business—and this is a business meeting—is the reading of the journal of the previous meeting.
On motion of General Leggett, the reading of the Secretary's record was dispensed with.
The President:—The next business in order will be the appointment of committees on business and for nomination of officers. These committees will be appointed now, so as to give them the largest measure of time during our two days' stay in Toledo. The first, I think, is for the selection of officers.
On motion of Captain Andreas,
Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed by the Pres. ident, to consist of General Belknap, General Leggett, General Rusk, General Miller and Captain Everest, to nominate officers for the ensuing year.
The President:- The next committee is also a committee of five, and is to fix the time and place for our next meeting. Here I will explain an awkward mistake made last year. The name, on page 121, is Toledo, Ohio, as the place; time, September 15th and 16th. When I came to receive this in print, I made out the 15th to fall on Saturday, and the 16th on Sunday. Exercising the authority given me in the constitution, I selected these two days, the only two days in the middle of a week in September available, because the Grand Army meets in Columbus, Ohio, next week, and the Army of the Cumberland had taken the next two days in the middle of a week, the week after. Therefore, I of my own motion named the 5th and 6th, the middle of the week in this week of September. That accounts for your being present to-day. I hope the committee the next time will look over the almanac of the proper year.
On motion of General Strong,
Resolved, That General Strong, General Baldwin, Colonel Pearce, Colonel Noble and Captain Higley be appointed a committee to select a place and indicate the time of holding the next meeting.
Dr. Plummer:-Before that resolution is acted on, and that committee appointed, I would like to make a little statement of a conversation we had on our way, and in Chicago, coming to this point, yesterday: that is, that we select some central point for the place of our annual meetings. I have always opposed it, but now I am in favor of it. The reason I was opposed to a central place for holding our annual meetings was, that I wanted to keep up our membership. It seems we are not succeeding; we are grow. ing less. I would suggest Chicago as the place for holding our annual meetings from this time, except when the Society may con. sider it best to go to some other place on some special occasion. I