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We, your committee appointed to consider the various important
recommendations carried in the president's address and to report back
to the society, beg leave to report as follows :

We recommend that the society adopt the suggestion of the president
that we place the file of the "Transactions" in the State Library in
Raleigh. This, to our minds, is the only feasible plan for the preserva-
tion of our records. Were this file lost, there is great probability of its
never being replaced.

The society is under great obligation to Dr. Walter C. Murphy of
Washington, D. C, for so generously donating these records to complete
our files, and we recommend that this society go on record with a resolu-
tion thanking him for so favoring us in our almost impossible task of
collecting a complete file of our "Transactions."

We further recommend that the recommendation be adopted relative
to the incoming secretary compiling a complete roster of all legally quali-
fied practitioners of medicine in the State, and that he furnish a list to
the collectors of internal revenue, and that the various officers of the
State society be instructed to render any additional assistance to tbe
internal revenue collectors that may be necessary for the proper enforce-
ment of the narcotics law.

As to the additional committee of three to cooperate wnth the Commit-
tee on Public Policy and Legislation with the express purpose in view of
bringing the narcotic laws to the attention of the laity and to the next
General Assembly, we recommend that this committee be named by the
president. "In numbers there is strength" will be amply demonstrated
in this case, and more strength will result from the appointment of such
able men as the president will name.

We recommend the adoption of the ideas of the president to abolish the
old Section on Jurisprudence and State Medicine and the recently cre-
ated Section on School Hygiene and Rural Sanitation, and in their
places the adoption of a Section on Public Health and Instruction. We
further recommend that the papers coming under this section be arranged
to be read either just before or after the conjoint meeting of the State


Board of Health and the State Medical Society. Our reason for making
this arrangement is that the subjects are identical.

We cannot close without paying a tribute to the high character of the
president's address and the wise suggestions embodied therein, and feel
that our task would be incomplete were we not to congratulate the society
upon having for its president for this year such an able man as Dr. Lewis
B. McBrayer. J. Howell Way,

Chas. O'H. Laughinghouse,
K. P. B. Bonner,


Dr. Ben. K. Hays : I move that this report be accepted and the reso-
lutions adopted by the society as a whole.
Motion seconded and carried.


Motion by Dr. Cyrus Thompson: When the Secretary of State re-
signed from his great office and subjected himself to criticism of very
great variety the newspapers carried the statement that on leaving his
office and the employees of it he addressed some words of farewell to
them. He said, briefly, that the pleasures of life did not consist in the
money a man might make nor in the honors that might be conferred upon
him, but rather in the abundance of love which a man might feel for his
fellows. I know we come here for business ; but business, after all, as the
great secretary has substantially said, is one of the poorest things in the
world. The man without sentiment, even though he possessed all the
riches of the world, Avould be a pauper.

iSTow, sir, many of us when we came to this meeting expected to greet
many of our old friends. Some of them are not here. It comes to my
attention this morning that Dr. George W. Long of Graham, whom we
expected to meet and the older of us knew and loved, is not here because
of his enforced absence through affliction in a hospital in the town of
Salisbury. It is a little sentimental, but it is sweet, and withal it seems
to be a seemly thing for us to do, and therefore I move you, sir, that the
secretary be directed to express to Dr. Long the sympathy of this society
for him in his suffering and our hopes for a speedy recovery out of his

Dr. G. T. Sikes, Grissom: I move that we incorporate Dr. S. D.
Booth in that motion.

Motion seconded and carried.



Dr. Charles O'H. Laughinghouse, Greenville : Mr. President, permit
me to bring to the attention of the society the fact that the time for its
next meeting has not yet been decided upon ; therefore, I am suggesting
that now is a good time to set a date for the meeting of the society for
1916. The idea of changing the date of our meeting, I am informed, has
arisen from the fact that it conflicts with the date for the meeting of the
American Medical Association. Any date that would not conflict with
the American Medical Association meeting, or something of equal impor-
tance, seems to me worth suggesting.

Dr. C. W. Moseley, Greensboro: I would like to move, then, that in
order not to conflict with the American Medical Association, our meet-
ing be held beginning the first Tuesday in June, 1916.

Dr. H. a. Royster, Raleigh : The motion of Dr. Moseley would not
attain that desire. That is about the regular meeting time — the second
Tuesday in June. They sometimes meet the first Tuesday and some-
times the third Tuesday. It depends largely on where they meet. Here-
after the Board of Medical Examiners Avill not meet at or near the time
of the State society, but probably the middle or last of June. They will
always meet in Raleigh, and not move around the State. We believe it
would be proper for the society to change its meeting period to any time
it pleases. The further back you go to the spring the better the attend-
ance will be, I think. The dullest time in North Carolina is in April.
I spoke to over a hundred doctors in the past twelve months, and every
one of them said the dullest time was April, The society formerly met
in April, then May, then in June. I move that it meet the second Tues-
day in April.

Dr. M. H. Fletcher, Asheville : I want the society to come to Ashe-
ville. We do not want to make this a fixed date. Next year we don't
object to meeting down here in April or May, but when we go to the
mountains it might be well to make it a permanent meeting place, like
some of the other associations do who get tired of this hot country. Why
not come up in May or June, and don't fix the time definitely ? Fix the
time for next year, and leave the other times open.

Dr. Royster's motion seconded, second Tuesday in April.

Dr. Cyrus Thompson, Jacksonville : I think that's a little early. We
are hardly out of our pneumonia season as early as the first of April.
I think a later date in April would be better, and I am going to amend
Dr. Royster's motion to the third Tuesday in April.


Dr. Royster : I accept that.

Dr. L. B. McBrayer : The motion is, the next meeting to be held the
third Tuesday in April, 1916.

Motion seconded and carried.


Dr. McBrayer announced the appointment of the following com-
mittees :

Committee on Conservation of Vision — Dr. R. H. Lewis, chairman;
Dr. W. S. Rankin, Mr. John E. Ray, Dr. C. W. Banner, Dr. Louise Mer-
rimon Perry.

Committee on Xarcotics — Dr. Charles O'H. Laughinghouse, Dr. W. S.
Rankin, Dr. J. T. J. Battle.

Dr. John A. Ferrell : The report of the ]SJ"ominating Committee as
presented to the House of Delegates was accepted, and is as follows :

President — M. H. Fletcher, Asheville.

First Vice President — J. L. JSTicholson, Richlands.

Second Vice President — L. ^N". Glenn, Gastonia.

Third Vice President — W. H. Hardison, Creswell.

Secretary — B. K. Hays, Oxford.

Treasurer — "W. M. Jones, Greensboro.

Cotnmittee on Scientific Work — W. DeB. MacNider, Chapel Hill;
William T. Carstarphen, Wake Forest ; B. K. Hays, Oxford.

Committee on Public Policy and Legislation — J. M. Parrott, Kinston ;
J. M. Templeton, Gary; L. B. McBrayer, Sanatorium.

Committee on Publication — Charles S. Mangum, Chapel Hill; J. P.
Monroe, Sanford.

Committee on Obituaries — A. W. Knox, Raleigh; E. G. Moore, Elm
City; I. W. Faison, Charlotte.

Finance Committee — Carl Reynolds, Asheville ; Joseph F. McKay,
Buies Creek ; L. D. Wharton, Smithfield.

Committee on Arrangements — M. !N^. King, Durham, chairman.

Delegates to Virginia Medical Society — S. F. Pfohl, Winston-Salem ;
W. H. Ward, Plymouth, alternate; I. M. Taylor, Morganton; E. J.
Wood, Wilmington, alternate.

Delegates to the Medical Society of South Carolina — R. F. Leinbach,
Charlotte ; B. F. McMillan, Red Springs ; L. B. Morse, Hendersonville ;
R. L. Payne, Monroe, alternate.

Place of meeting: Durham, ]^. C.


Dr. G. T. Sikes, Grissom : I move that we accept the report.

Motion seconded and carried.

Dr. Febrell : We have usually one, two, or three men in addition to
those who are usually named as delegates to Virginia or South Carolina,
and it was suggested that any representative of the society who finds him-
self able to attend the meetings of the societies of the adjoining States
may be given credentials by the president and secretary of the society as
a delegate from this society.

Dr. McBrater : The new finance committee will please transfer the
books and cash on hand from the retiring treasurer to the incoming

Is there anything else to come before the society before we install the
officers ?

Dr. Ferrell : Eesolution of thanks to Greensboro.

Dr. McBrayer : I will ask Dr. Cyrus Thompson to prepare a resolu-
tion of thanks to Greensboro and any one else he thinks advisable.
I will ask Dr. Battle and Dr. Sikes to present the president-elect.



I desire to say, in retiring from the ofiice, that this has been the largest
meeting in the history of the society. The registration already shows
that. If there is any one who has not registered, I would be glad to have
him do so.

If the important constructive measures for the benefit of the people
of our State that have been set in motion by this society during this ses-
sion shall be followed up and continued I shall feel amply repaid for all
the work I have done.

It gives me great pleasure, on retiring from the office of president of
the Medical Society of the State of North Carolina, to present to you
your new president. Dr. M. H. Fletcher of Asheville, my friend.


I approach this office with two feelings. One is a deep sense of grati-
tude and the other is a sense of my incompetence. Now, if you will help
me out and sustain me in this office, I may overcome partly my incompe-
tence. For my gratitude, let me say I will simply do the best I can, and
I assure you that I appreciate the fact that the highest honor that can


come to any medical man in North Carolina is to be president of the
State Medical Society, and with that feeling- I approach the office. I
thank you, gentlemen.

Dr. Fletcher: I will ask Dr. Laughinghouse to escort the incoming
secretary up to the stage.

Dr. Laughinghouse : I introduce Dr. B. K. Hays, the new secretary.


Dr. Cyrus Thompson, Jacksonville : I do not know, sir, what inclined
the retiring president to impose this duty upon me, except it be what has
been very evident to the society, that I have been unusually quiet during
all its deliberations. I suppose he simply wanted to give me an oppor-
tunity to say something in order to prove to the society that I have not
lost the power of speech.

I want to say, sir, that this, in my estimation, has been one of the most
successful meetings that the society has ever held within my knowledge
of it. I want to say that it has been well attended, the papers of remark-
able excellence, and the weather has been pretty good. It hasn't rained
much; and, indeed, it may be said that we have been exceedingly dry.
I remember, sir — and I break no secret when I say that there is a won-
derful contrast in what we have seen at the meeting of the society on
this occasion and what we saw when we met in the city of Charlotte nine
years ago. We were delightfully entertained at that time, but many of
us grew unconscious of it. Everything goes by fashion, and even water
becomes fashionable now. Only a few years ago, if a man had presented
a prohibition plank before the North Carolina State Medical Society, he
would have been turned out with contempt as too weak for our tolerance.
We would have called for something stronger than grape juice, or noth-
ing at all. I believe, indeed, that this is true, that once the W. C. T. TJ.
in North Carolina did ask the State Medical Society, meeting in the town
of Winston, to give its professional indorsement to its temperance view,
and the matter was laid upon the table — turned down with absolute con-
tempt ; and one member of considerable prominence felt that we had been
insulted. Why, we have changed mightily in a few short years, and all
our progress comes by the patent-medicine process of advertising. In-
deed, "It always pays to advertise if you've got the goods," and of course
you've got the goods if you are advertising water. Now, then, whether
it is true every member of the society meant it or not when we went on
record last year at Raleigh, I don't know, but I do know' that still a little
bit can be got, and when it's got in such small quantities it's held in very
great esteem and it can't hurt much. I am somewhat of a poet myself.


a poet of nature in a dry time ; so I'm going to read you a bit of poetry
from the Charlotte Observer s Monday poet, a serious sonnet:

"Majestic Quart! bow thou hast grown to be
A measure of importance in our State !
Contemptuous in the statesman's eye, of late
By statesmanship tliou hast become a sea.
Denial's magnifyiug-glass decree
Hath in the eyes of scorners made tliee great ;
And twice each month they will negotiate
For thee, thou remnant of our libertee.

"And so, loom large, thou splendid package size,
Thou thirty-two-ounce oasis sublime !
Thou art a handy thing, and cheap withal.
And every freeman thee will greatly prize.
Both for thyself, and relic of the time
When we bad gallons at our beck and call."

I didn't write that ; but I had in mind the poor fellow who couldn't
get his quart when his gallon was gone — lived too far away from an
express office for so little — and then I got this oif under the caption of
"A Lost Measure." No physician now can speak of things by the gallon,
only by the dram, and at most by the quart ; and so I said :

My gallon's gone. Good-bye, old gal.

Wild charmer of my days and nights.

Thou cause of headache and of fights.
Good-bye, sweet thing, my liquid pal !

I fondly guzzled thy deep neck.

And gained from thee a spurious strength
To dare and do beyond my length.

Nor dreamed that drinking men would wreck

The life we led : a sad farewell !
I cannot now hilarious snort
When love's expressed just by the quart

Through legislation rash and fell.

With watery throat and tearful eye

And thirst as parching as the dust,

I'm hence condemned to water-lust :
My gallon's gone : old gal, good-bye !

But, sir, in all this condition, for a man who believes that the best
thing in life is an ideal ; for a society that believes that the best thing in
life is an ideal ; for those who believe in the uplift and the upbuilding of
men and women ; that, while we were created a little lower than the
angels, we are always getting nearer to the angels ; that society must be
interpreted in terms of social service — I'll tell you, a man who has an


ideal like this, and the society that has an ideal like this, prefers the con-
ditions we are meeting in Greensboro on this occasion to the meeting
some time ago in Charlotte. I tell you this kind of thing is becoming
fashionable through advertising. Advertising is leading us on to a great
degree of respectability and to a wonderful degree of helpful success and
development. I just wanted to say that much because it is my custom to
say something.

In all our meetings, wherever we have met, we have been hospitably
entertained. We have never been entertained better than on this occa-
sion. Wh}', they took us out to the State J^ormal, and notwithstanding
the session was over, it seemed they had saved some three or four hundred
girls to serve us at the dinner there. There wasn't one of those girls who
comj^lained of anything. And usually, to our profession, complaining
women are the most profitably interesting. But they all greatly inter-
ested us. Tavo of them made themselves known to me and seemed to be
kind and considerate of me, notwithstanding my age. Dr. Foust showed
us the wonderful things that the State of !N"orth Carolina in that magnifi-
cent institution is doing to make a strong maternal heredity for a' great
race of men and women afterward. Folks talk much about heredity these
days. Let me state this fact to you, that heredity and environment make
every living thing what it is ; and every living thing that is makes hered-
ity for what follows after it. Heredity is nothing but concrete environ-
ment, a habit fixed by past environment, which, if it is bad, parents and
teachers and preachers and doctors and all good people should begin right
now to undo and make a good heredity at last for those that follow after.

Everybody in the town of Greensboro has been delightfully pleasant
to us, and I feel that it is good to be here. It is a wonderfully nice place,
this town of Greensboro. Dr. Long has been kind, and all the local pro-
fession, and everybody has been kind, and we ought to rise up as one
man and tell them w^e thank them out of the bottom of our hearts and
say, "God bless you, Greensboro, and everybody in Greensboro."

Dr. Ben. K. Hays, Oxford :

There was a young man named Thompson,
Whom we never have to prompt some.

As a speaker of thanks

He leads our ranks.
This eloquent, uproarious Thompson.

Dr. Fletcher : A motion is in order to adjourn.

Dr. G. T. Sikes, Grissom : I move that we adjourn, to meet in Durham
the third Tuesday in April, 1916.

Motion seconded and carried.



To the President and Members of the Medical Society, State of North

In gathering together the list of deaths during the past year we find
that Death, ''the greatest of all terrors," has not been less active during
the past year than in previous years. We report as follows :

Dr. E. H. Bradford of Burgaw died November 29, 191-i. The Wil-
mington Star gives the following account :

Dr. R. H. Bradford, a prominent young physician of Burgaw, died last even-
ing at 5 :55 o'clocli at tlie James Walker Memorial Hospital, where he under-
went an operation for appendicitis three weeks ago. He recovered nicely
from the first operation and was able to return to his home Monday night.
He suffered a relapse and was brought back to the hospital Tuesday evening
and underwent a second operation yesterday morning for intestinal trouble.
He never rallied and passed i>eacefully away yesterday afternoon.

The deceased was a man who numbered his friends by the number of his
acquaintances, and the news of his death will be received with deep regret by
a host of friends throughout the State.

Dr. Bradford was a native of Mecklenburg County, and was .36 years old.
After graduating in medicine from the North Carolina Medical College at
Charlotte, he came to Burgaw, where he had lived for the past nine years.
He was a most successful physician, a devout Christian, being an elder in the
Presbyterian Church, and in all things tried to do his duty faithfully and well.

He was married seven years ago to Miss Elizabeth Whitehead of Scotland
Neck, who with one child survives him. Surviving him also are four brothers,
Messrs. N. E. Bradford, of Goldsboro ; Jerome Bradford. Asheville ; Leslie
and J. B. Bradford, of Charlotte, and four sisters. Mrs. H. F. Beaty of Moores-
ville ; Misses Janie and Florence Bradford of Charlotte, and Miss Katherine
Bradford of Concord. They will have the tender sympathy of many friends
in their sad bereavement.

Dr. J. M. Candler of Dillsboro, N. C, born August 31, 1846 ; died
April 15, 1915. Dr. Candler was an active practitioner in western North
Carolina for about fifty years, doing the hardest kind of professional
work among the people of the mountain section, and his death Avill be a
personal loss to a host of friends.

Dr. E. Sydney Cauthen of Charlotte died March 24, 1915. He was
born in 1870, graduated at Baltimore Medical College in 1902, was in


general practice in Kershaw, S. C, for eight years, then took special
work in Chicago and later a year in Vienna, and for four years, up to
the time of his death, practiced eye, ear, nose, and throat in Charlotte,
X. C. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Southern
Medical Association, and State, Seventh District, and County Medical
Associations. Was on the staff of Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte.
Was a member of Knights of Pythias and a steward in Trinity Metho-
dist Church. Age at death, 45. Burial in Charlotte.

Dr. C. F. Dowd of Willow Springs died November 26, 1914. A cor-
respondent writes the Xews and Observer as follows concerning the
deceased :

The funeral services of Dr. C. F. Dowd, who died Thursday night was held
Friday p. in. at 4 o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev. W. McC. White
of Raleigh.

Dr. Dowd was 74 years of age and had spent the most of his life near this
place. At an early age he entered the State University, where he graduated
with first honors. He was also a graduate of the Pennsylvania School of

For many years he enjoyed a large practice in this and adjoining counties
until his three score years called upon him to cease work. He had suffered
for many years from an acute disease, but it was only two weeks ago the
worst came.

Dr. Dowd was a man of great intellectual ability, loA'er of truth and right,
and a staunch believer in the great faith preached by his father, who was a
noted Baptist minister.

A large crowd of friends followed the remains to the last resting place,
which is near the old home.

Dr. Johx M. Faison of Faison died April 21, 1915, at the age of 55.
Congressman for a term of years. A special dispatch from Warsaw
under date of April 21 gives the following account:

Xews reached here at an early hour today of the death by suicide of Dr.
John M. Faison, ex-Congressman from the Sixth District, which occurred at
the home of the deceased about 8 o'clock this morning.

Shortly before S o'clock Dr. Faison. who was a very strong man until his
health began to decline while in Congi-ess. about a year ago, had been out
transacting some business connected with his farm. He then went into the
house and, entering a small room adjoining his bed-room, took his life by
placing the muzzle of a shotgun into his mouth and setting off the charge with
his foot, it is supposed.

No one seems to have heard the noise of tlxe explosion, and his death, which
was instantaneous, was discovered by the cook, who entered his room to sum-
mon him to breakfast. Mrs. Faison was away, attending commencement exer-
cises at Wallace, where a daughter teaches in the graded schools.


Dr. Faisou was about 55 years old, and since early manhood had been
actively and successfully engaged in the practice of medicine at Faison, his
home town. He was of a prominent family, and has held several positions
of trust in his county, including county commissioner for a number of years.
He was a man much esteemed and admired by a host of friends in this section.

In 1910 Dr. Faisou was nominated on the Democratic ticket and elected to
Congress from this the Third North Carolina District, which position he held
until, his health having failed last year, he refused to make efforts for renomi-
nation, and was replaced by Mr. George E. Hood of Goldsboro.

A widow, four sons, two daughters, two l)rothers, and two sisters, survive
him, and he will l)e much missed by liis many friends in this section, to wliom
he was affectionately known as "Dr. John." So far as is known, he gave no

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