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preliminary exercises having been concluded, the Old Time Trail Drivers' "Association recessed until 2:30 P.M.
Promptly at 2:30 the members of the Old Time Trail Drivers' Association assembled in the ballroom of the Auditorium, which had been kindly placed at the disposal of the Association by the city of Houston. Owing to the absence of President John R. Blocker, who was indisposed, Vice President and Organizer George W. Saunders presided. In calling the "Association to order, Vice President Saunders in a forcible address, reviewed the history of the organization, its aims and its purposes, and dwelt with especial pride upon the cordial and hearty endorsement which had been given the "Association by the "Old Trailers " throughout the country, as evidenced by the many applications for membership which the Secretary had received during the current year.
At the conclusion of Vice President Saunders' address, Secretary Luther A. Lawhon presented the following annual report, which was unanimously adopted :
HON. JOHN R. BLOCKER, President, Old Time Trail
SIR —I have the honor to herewith submit to you for the benefit of the Old Time Trail Drivers' Association my annual report as Secretary of the Association. I congratulate the membership upon the rapid growth of the Association, and for the deep and fraternal interest which has been unanimously manifested for its maintenance and welfare.
Assembled as we are in our first annual convention, I trust it will not be deemed inappropriate to refer briefly to the origin of our "Association —an organization which has taken such a strong hold upon the hearts of the old-time trail men, and the motives and the influences which called it into being.