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moved, and it was adopted, that the address be given to the press of the state for publication.
Mr. C. O. Whedon then read a very able paper on the subject of "Public Expenditures." This paper was followed by one by Judge William Gaslin on "Judicial Graft," or the unnecessary number of judges on the bench in the state.
On resumption of the business session Mr. A. E. Sheldon presented two resolutions, which were adopted, as follows: "Moved, that a committee be appointed by the President of this Society to confer with any other patriotic societies who may be willing to join with us in marking historic sites and thoroughfares in this state and particularly the home of Logan Fontenelle.
"Resolved, that a committee of three be named, of whom President R. W. Furnas shall be one, to confer with the State Agricultural and State Horticultural Societies at their coming annual meetings proposing to them that they join with this Society in asking for the erection of a fireproof building in which they shall have permanent offices and headquarters." Committees:
On Publication.-Geisthardt, Sheldon, Bowlby.
On Obituaries.-President Clarke, Governor Mickey.
On Program.-Caldwell, Watkins, V. Rosewater.
On Library.-Barrett, Howard, Mrs. A. J. Sawyer.
On Museum and Collections.-Blackman, C. S. Paine, L. S. Reed.
On Marking Historic Sites and Routes.-Harvey, A. E. Sheldon, H. T. Clarke, Ross Hammond, Ernest Pollard.
H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.
PROPOSITION MADE TO STATE AGRICULTURAL
To the President and Board of Managers Nebraska State Agricultural Society:
At the annual meeting of the Nebraska State Historical Society held last week the undersigned were appointed as a committee with full power to make such arrangement as shall be satisfactory with your Society and the State Horticultural Society in order to secure cooperation and joint action to obtain a permanent fireproof home, centrally located, for the use of all three societies.
By virtue of previous arrangements for the past ten years the publications of your Society and the records and publications of the State Horticultural Society have been kept in the rooms of the State Historical Society and distributed by its staff. For a number of these years there has been felt an urgent need by all three societies for safe, convenient, and permanent office quarters and store-rooms.
We therefore make these propositions to your Society:
1. That it join with us in asking from the present legislature an appropriation sufficient to erect a building, fireproof and large enough to care for the present pressing needs of the three societies. Said building to be erected on satisfactory ground donated by the city of Lincoln, in lieu of the old Historical Society block.
2. That the State Agricultural and State Horticultural Societies shall have ample office and store-rooms in such building for their own exclusive use and occupancy and joint use with our Society of halls therein for public meetings.
3. That your Society appoint a committee with full power to present the need for such a building before the state legislature and city of Lincoln; to plan for its construction and arrange details for division of office room.
ROBT. W. FURNAS.
H. W. CALDWELL.
A. E. SHELDON.
MEETING BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Lincoln, Nebraska, January 19, 1905.
A quorum being formed the meeting proceeded to business. On motion the bond of S. L. Geisthardt as Treasurer was approved. The resignation of Geo. L. Miller as Vice-President was reluctantly accepted, and Hon. Robt. Harvey elected in his place.
It was moved and carried that Mr. Sheldon be instructed to prepare and have introduced into the legislature a bill for an historical building to cost not less than $100,000 and to be erected on land donated by the city of Lincoln.
John L. Tidball, of Crete, was elected a member of this Society.
Mr. Geisthardt moved that the curator and librarian make quarterly reports to the board of progress of the work of the Society.
H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.
MEETING OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
Lincoln, Nebraska, June 24, 1905.
Present: Mr. H. T. Clarke, Governor J. H. Mickey, Geo. E. Howard, S. L. Geisthardt, Robt. Harvey, and H. W. Caldwell. Meeting called to order by President Clarke at 11:00 A.M. The Secretary then, after stating that the meeting should have been held April 1, presented the account of expenses for the last biennium, and a proposed distribution of the budget for the year 1905–6, April 1 to April 1, as follows:
Salaries for the year 1905-6 were fixed as follows:
25 00 100 00
Payment S. R. Gardiner, labor, collecting, etc., badges, books, etc.
The Secretary then made a statement in regard to hours of service of office staff, time for keeping the rooms open, etc., and recommended that the minimum should be eight hours per day. On motion the board adopted the recommendations, and established the rule of eight hour service. The plan of organization was then outlined by the Secretary as it had. been agreed upon by the office staff, and on motion adopted.
In general the distribution of work was outlined as follows: Jay A. Barrett to have general oversight of the library, and to accession new material; to prepare material for reports to the governor, and for publication; to care for all papers presented at annual meetings, and to see to safe preservation; also to carry on the general correspondence of the Society; to index the Ft. Atkinson papers, to arrange material in the vault, and to aid in planning for the good of the Society.
Mr. Sheldon was to prepare copy for constitutional conventions and to read proof for the same; to enter upon the following field work, viz.: to visit Indian reservations to gather material of their lives; to see to the Chouteau collections, and to get the Maxwell papers; to classify, arrange, catalogue, and store photographs, slides, etc.; to attend to newspaper exchange correspondence; work on collecting manuscript material, and to aid in arranging vault.
Mr. Blackman to spend necessary time in field expeditions, visiting and locating Indian village sites, etc.; to have general direct charge of the library, arranging books, classifying, cataloguing, etc., as far as time will permit; to care for and arrange museum, and attend to its development; to arrange lectures, etc.
Miss Palin, to have charge of the newspapers; of the arranging and preparing them for binding; keeping bound volumes in order, etc.
Secretary Caldwell to meet office staff for one hour each week, at least; to plan with the above members of the office staff the work to be done, and to help arrange work so as to gain the most for the Society.
A committee consisting of H. H. Wilson, Geo. L. Miller, S. C. Bassett was appointed to arrange for suitable addresses at the January meeting on the life and work of Hon. R. W. Furnas; also to arrange for the preparing of a suitable biography of Mr. Furnas. The Secretary was instructed to draft appropriate resolutions on the life and services of Governor Furnas, to be presented at the annual meeting.