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1884

   01/07/1884 - 10th regular meeting
    ------------- - Business of Annual Meeting
    02/04/1884 - 11th regular meeting
    03/03/1884 - 12th regular meeting
    04/07/1884 - 13th meeting
    05/05/1884 - 14th meeting
    06/02/1884 - 15th meeting
    07/07/1884 - 16th meeting
    10/06/1884 - 17th meeting
    11/03/1884- 18th meeting
    12/01/1884- 19th meeting
 
 

ABSTRACT OF MINUTES
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Colorado Scientific Society
For the years 1883 and 1884.

 
 

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TENTH REGULAR MEETING
January 7th, 1884,
In Rooms of the United States Geological Survey.
 

 
            In the absence of both President and Vice-President, the Secretary called the meeting to order.
          W. F. Hillebrand was elected chairman pro tem.
          The following named were elected to membershiop.
                    Prof. Regis Chauvenet, Golden, Colorado
                    J. H. E. Waters, Silverton,                  "
          The following proposed amendment to Art. V of the Constitution was then read for the first time.  "The Standing Committee shall consist of six members instead of four as at present."  Signed by Whitman Cross, W. F. Hillebrand and R. C. Hills.  Mr. Hillebrand stated that the object in increasing the membership of the committee was to facilitate the transaction of business, for, as at present constituted, a majority of its members were sometimes unavoidably absent from its meetings, thus preventing action upon the business before the Committee.
          The proposed amendment was unanimously approved.
 
 

BUSINESS OF THE ANNUAL MEETING.
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            The Secretary presented the following report:  
 

Report of the Secretary Colorado Scientific Society for the year 1883.
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MEMBERSHIP.

Number of members at organization,    -     -     -     -     12
     "         "       "         admitted during year,   -     -       20
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     "         "       "         resigned,   -     -     -     -      -       1
Membership Jan. 1st, 1884,     -     -     -     -     -      -    31

MEETINGS.

No. of meetings since organization,      -     -      -     -     9
Lowest number present at any meeting,     -     -     -       5
Largest       "            "        "    "        "         -     -     -   14
Average attendance,     -     -     -     -     -     -     -      -   9

PAPERS.

          During the year papers containing original material were read by Messrs. Pearce, Low, Van Diest, Hills, Hillebrand and Emmons.  A quite full abstract of a paper by Mr. Hills upon the Ore Deposits of Summit District in Rio Grande Co., was published in the New York Engineering and Mining Journal, and others have been shortly noticed in Science.  The paper by Mr. Hillebrand read at the last meeting is about to appear in the American Journal of Science.

COLLECTIONS.

          Mineralogical. -- In this department the Society is chiefly indebted to Mr. Wm. McCree, who has donated a large number of specimens, both from Colorado and from other parts of the country.  Mr. R. C. Hills, R. Pearce, W. F. Hillebrand, Milton Moss, Van Diest, Hand and Eilers have also contributed valuable specimens.
          Furnace products, etc. -- Under his head are to be grouped a number of interesting substances, either produced in the regular process of smelting or of accidental origin.  The most of these were brought in by Mr. Pearce.
          (Signed)   Whitman Cross, Sec.

 
  The Treasurer presented the following report:  
 

Report of the Treasurer Colorado Scientific Society for the year 1883.

 
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To amount of dues rec'd .......|$200|00|By expenses during year ....|$.61|00
"          "       paid in advance.|....10|00|By deposit Colo. National.... |......|...
...........................................|........|...|......Bank...........................|..150|00
...........................................|........|...|By cash in personal posses-|.......|...
...........................................|........|...|......sion............................|...19|00
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...........................................|$210.|00|........................................|$210|00
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Estimate of Funds available for 1884.
Balance in Bank and personal possession .......................................$149 00
Dues still unpaid ......................................................................... .   55 00
Estimated dues for 1884 ................................................................ 380 00
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                                                                                                   $584 00
                                               Signed                                Whitman Cross,
                                                                                                          Treasurer.
 
 

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            The address of the retiring President was then read by the chairman.
          The Society then proceeded to the election of officers for the ensuing year.
          President. -- Nominations being called for, Mr. W. S. Ward nominated Mr. Richard Pearce, saying that, while recognizing the eminent fitness of Mr. Emmons for the position he had filled during the past year, he thought that the custom prevailing in most scientific societies of changing the President each year should be adopted, and the precedent established at this time.
          Mr. R. C. Hills renominated Mr. S. F. Emmons, saying that he thought it inadvisable to establish as yet the precedent advocated by Mr. Ward, and that he desired to pay Mr. Emmons, as one of the chief movers in the organization of the Society, the compliment of a re-election.
          No further nomination being made, a ballot was taken, resulting in the election of Mr. Richard Pearce.
          Vice-President. -- Prof. Milton Moss was nominated by L. G. Eakins; Mr. Cross renominated the Rev. H. Martyn Hart.  There being no further nominations, a ballot resulted in the election of the Rev. H. Martyn Hart.
          Secretary and Treasurer. -- Mr. Whitman Cross was elected by acclamation to fill both positions.
          Standing Committee. -- Messrs. P. H. Van Diest, A. von Schulz, W. F. Hillebrand and W. S. Ward were placed in nomination.  On motion of F. F. Chisolm, the above named gentlemen were elected, viva voce, as the Standing Committee, for the year.
          Mr. Ward moved that the recommendations contained in Mr. Emmons address be referred to the Standing Committee with instructions to report at the next meeting upon the advisability or possibility of carrying them into effect.  Seconded and carried.
 
 

ELEVENTH REGULAR MEETING
February 4th, 1884,
In Rooms of the United States Geological Survey.
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The President, Richard Pearce, in the chair.
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            Names of candidates for membership were reported by the Standing Committee.
          The Committee then rendered a report upon the suggestions contained in the Address of the retiring President, read at the previous meeting, whose consideration had been entrusted to them.
          With reference to the matter of securing a permanent place of meeting for the Society, they reported that, through the courtesy of the Governor and Secretary of State, a room, small, but of size sufficient for most purposed, had been placed at their disposal in the State House, and that, if more room were needed for holding the meetings, the use of the Supreme Court room might probably be obtained.  They recommended that this offer be accepted.  They further recommended that the President be empowered to appoint a special committee to report upon the artesian wells of Denver.  It was also recommended that a committee be appointed to revise the By-Laws.
          The first and second recommendations were adopted.  It was then moved and carried that the Standing Committee be charged with the revision of the By-Laws.
          The amendment to Art. V of the Constitution, approved at the preceding meeting, increasing the membership of the Standing Committee, was then finally adopted.  Messrs. Regis Chauvenet and Whitman Cross were elected additional members of the Standing Committee in accordance with the amendment just passed.
          The following resolution was introduced by Mr. Ward and unanimously adopted:
          Resolved, "That the thanks of the Society be tendered to Mr. S. F. Emmons for the kindness shown by him in permitting the free use of the rooms of the United States Geological Survey for meetings during the past year."
 
 

TWELFTH REGULAR MEETING
March 3rd, 1884,
In Chamber of the Supreme Court,
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The President, Richard Pearce, in the chair.
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            The following named persons were elected members:
                         Fred K. Copeland, Denver, Colorado.
                         Robt.  E. Booraem, Leadville, Colorado.
                         E. W. Rollins, Denver,                  "
          Names of candidates for membership were reported by the Standing Committee.
          The Committee then recommended, as a preliminary to the revision of the By-Laws, that Art. V of the Constitution be amended to read as follows:
          Art. V. -- "The officers of the Society shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and an Executive Committee of seven, of which the President and Secretary shall be 'ex-efficio' members."
          Approved upon motion duly seconded.
          The By-Laws as revised by the committee were then read, but action upon them was postponed until the next meeting.  The President announced the following appointments on the Artesian Well Committee; Messrs. Chauvenet, Chisolm, Cross, Van Diest, Hillebrand and Ward.
          Mr. Ward moved that the Secretary be instructed to transmit the thanks of the Society to the Secretary of State and to the Judges of the Supreme Court for their courtesy in placing the rooms in the State House at its disposal.  Unanimously carried.
 
 

THIRTEENTH REGULAR MEETING
April 7th, 1884,
In Chamber of the Supreme Court,
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The President, Richard Pearce, in the chair.
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            The following named persons were elected members:
                         Theo. E. Schwarz, Denver, Colorado.
                         Frank S. Craven, Bald Mt.        "
          Names of candidates for admission were reported by the Standing Committee.
          The amendment to Art. V of the Constitution, approved at the last meeting, came up for passage, but action upon the same was postponed until the next meeting.  Consideration of the revised By-Laws was also postponed.
 
 

FOURTEENTH REGULAR MEETING
May 5th, 1884,
In Chamber of the Supreme Court,
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The President, Richard Pearce, in the chair.
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            The following named persons were elected members of the Society.
                        Malvern W. Iles, Denver, Colorado.
                        Geo. S. McKenzie, Golden,     "
          The amendment to Art. V of the Constitution, proposed at the March meeting, as also the revised By-Laws were submitted to final vote and adopted.
 
 

FIFTEENTH REGULAR MEETING
June 2nd, 1884,
In Chamber of the Supreme Court,
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The President, Richard Pearce, in the chair.
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            The Executive Committee reported names of candidates for membership.
          The Report upon the Artesian Wells of Denver was presented by the committee appointed for the investigation of that subject.
 
 

SIXTEENTH REGULAR MEETING
July 7th, 1884,
In Chamber of the Supreme Court,
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The President, Richard Pearce, in the chair.
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            Mr. Franklin Guiterman, of Silverton, Colorado, was elected a member.
          Mr. Van Diest moved that when the meeting should adjourn it be until the first Monday in October.  Carried.
 
 

SEVENTEENTH REGULAR MEETING
October 6th, 1884,
In Chamber of the Supreme Court,
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The President, Richard Pearce, in the chair.
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            The resignation of Albert C. Hale, formerly of Golden, Colo., now of Brooklyn, N. Y., was read and accepted.  
 

EIGHTEENTH REGULAR MEETING
November 3rd, 1884,
In Chamber of the Supreme Court,
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The President, Richard Pearce, in the chair.
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            The Executive Committee presented the name of a candidate for admission to membership.  
 

NINETEENTH REGULAR MEETING
December 1st, 1884,
In Chamber of the Supreme Court,
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The President, Richard Pearce, in the chair.
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            Edward G. Stoiber, of Silverton, Colo., was elected a member.
          In accordance with Sec. V of the By-Laws, the nomination of officers for the year 1885 was declared in order.
          Nominations for President. -- Messrs. W. F. Hillebrand and Richard Pearce were nominated.  Mr. Pearce declined to be a candidate, saying that he considered it advisable to adhere to the precedent established at the last annual election of changing the president each year.  Upon motion duly seconded nominations for President were then closed.
          Nominations for Vice-President. -- Messrs. P. H. Van Deist and Hermann Beeger were nominated.  Mr. Beeger declined on the ground that he expected to be absent from the city a great part of the time during the coming year.  On motion duly seconded nominations for Vice-President were then closed.
          Nominations for Secretary. -- Mr. F. F. Chisolm was nominated and nominations were then closed upon motion duly seconded.
          Nominations for Treasurer. -- It was decided, as at previous elections, to entrust the duties of Treasurer to the Secretary.
          Nominations for Members of the Executive Committee. -- The following named were placed in nomination:  Richard Pearce, A. H. Low, A. von Schulz, M. W. Iles, P. H. Van Diest, Hermann Beeger, Regis Chauvenet, J. G. Ridgley, Theodore E. Schwarz, E. W. Rollins.
          The business of nominating officers being concluded, Mr. Van Diest broached the subject of a second annual dinner, and, after discussion, the President appointed a committee consisting of Messrs. Beeger, von Schulz, Van Diest, Low and Chisolm, with power to ascertain the sentiment of the Society members upon the subject, and if this were found favorable, to make all necessary arrangement for holding the dinner.