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A Sensational Meeting in Atlantic City.
President W.C. Alpers, of Cleveland, delivered an address before the A. Ph. A. that stirred up a hornet's nest and developed a situation of great dramatic intensity lasting throughout the entire week. A delegation from the women's suffrage convention, seeking to commit the association to the principle of equal suffrage, stirred up a good deal of fun. A fight over time and place resulted in the selection of Indianapolis for next year. Messrs. Holzhauer, Cliffe, and Christensen were nominated for the presidency. A forward step was taken in the appointment of a committee on research to stimulate and co-ordinate scientific investigation throughout the United States. The boards and the colleges held meetings in Philadelphia and kept in step with advancing requirements.
By HARRY B. MASON.
Down at Atlantic City last month, during versions of Dr. Alpers' epoch-making conthe meeting of the American Pharmaceutical tribution to the unrest of nations. Association, there was an aeroplane chap by the name of Jacquith giving people fifteen-min
A SUBMARINE TORPEDO, ute flights at the modest price of fifteen dollars. He could be seen almost any time flying up
One man said it was a treacherous torpedo over the Boardwalk, and he attracted a good
shot from a German submarine. The next feldeal of attention. But most of the members · low said it was a bold frontal attack that the didn't need to patronize Monsieur Jacquith
association needed, and that it would do the after they had heard President Alpers: ad- old guard good. Between these two extremes dress. They went up in the air without any were all sorts of opinions, and it was very diffurther assistance.
ficult for a man up a tree to get any sort of a Apparently it was some adulress!
clear and unbiased view of the situation. The address itself could not be seen. There were only two copies in existence, and both had been turned over to the committee on the president's address for the use of its members. They were kept under lock and key, and were only brought out when the doors and windows were fastened and the committee was holding its midnight sessions and talking in stage whispers.
Ind certainly the committee had a fine job cut out for it!
Dr. James H. Beal, one of the most experienced and capable men in the association, was the chairman, and the other members were M. I. Wilbert, S. C. Henry, R. D. Lyman, and L. C. Hopp. The address required nearly two
hours to deliver. It comprised something like Dr. W. C. Alpers, Dean of the Cleveland School of Pharmacy, who, in his capacity as president, delivered an address that cre seventeen or eighteen thousand words. It bore ated little less than a sensation.
a multitude of recommendations of one kind Unfortunately I didn't hear it, but I heard and another. And it contained high explosives an awful lot about it. The fear of a railroad on every page. strike kept me in Detroit until Monday after It had to be handled with great skill and noon, and I reached Atlantic City just as the care, and Dr.: Beal and his associates labored first general session was adjourning. From every night from 9 or 10 o'clock until the wee then on, all during lunch, all through the after- small hours endeavoring to harmonize their noon, and all the evening, I was buttonholed own opinions and to bring order out of chaos. right and left and given a great variety of What was the address all about anyway?
WHAT DR. ALPERS RECOMMENDED. refuse to work at a lower rate, there are plenty Well, it called for a general “house-cleaning"
of other men who can be secured to fill the in the affairs of the association. The actual
jobs. To overcome the existing financial loss, recommendations made by Dr. Alpers were
the president suggested that the membership of many of them, it seemed, not open to objec
the organization be greatly increased, and he tion. What some of the most earnest members
thought a membership chairman, with salary, of the organization complained of was a cer
should be appointed to conduct vigorous and tain spirit of acrimony that ran through the systematic campaigns by mail. address. They insisted, furthermore, that it
DR. BEAL'S REPLY. contained exaggerations and misstatements. Words like "hypocrites" and "bankruptcy"
I am assured by those who heard the address were used—and these words, even though em
that the foregoing pretty accurately represents ployed properly, are very likely to be caught
the sum and substance of Dr. Alpers' recomup by an audience, and afterwards emphasized
mendations. Dr. Beal's committee, however, in the newspapers, in such fashion as to distort
when it finally brought in its report at the last the original meaning altogether. As nearly as
general session, considered few or none of I could discover, the important opinions and
these recommendations, but addressed itself to recommendations contained in the address
the task of clearing away what it called “the were as follows:
misstatements of fact" in the address. Dr.
Beal occupied the floor for nearly forty minTHE "SYSTEM” ATTACKED.
utes, and his arraignment of Dr. Alpers was at Dr. Alpers was careful to make no charges some points exceedingly incisive and bitter. against any officer, but to attack what he called Dr. Alpers sat immediately in front of him and the “system” that had grown up during the never flinched. It was a dramatic situation years. The council had too much power. It that will not soon be forgotten by those who was, furthermore, too large and unwieldy in were present. Dr. Beal's voice and hands both membership, and there should be a small ex- trembled at frequent intervals as he proceeded, ecutive committee substituted for it. If the council is kept as it is at present, provision should be made so that a member cannot be reëlected until he has been out of office at least a year. Some of the officers of the association hold two or more jobs, and there is consequently too much concentration of responsibility and too much continuance in office of the same set of people.
As for the National Formulary, the policy of the organization, said Dr. Alpers, is all wrong. The association should not make money by means of this book but should consider it a public trust. The book should be distributed free to members and sold at the cost price to others. Text-book authors should not be made to pay for the use of it.
mintud meet the the organization, Dr. Alpers pointed out the fact that there had been an annual deficit of and there was no time when you couldn't have three or four thousand dollars during the last heard a pin drop. few years, and that something should be done After Dr. Beal had finished his written reto stem the tide. Salaries should be reduced. port, and his extemporaneous remarks, it was Traveling expenses of officers should be cut made clear that all the committee had sought out. In years when financial deficits exist, the to do was correct the alleged inaccuracies of officers should be made to stand a horizontal the Alpers document. It was recommended, reduction in salaries. If the present officers and afterwards voted, that the committee on
Dr. James H. Beal, chairman of the committee to which President Alpers' address was referred. Dr. Beal and Dr. Alpers became the central figures of the Atlantic City meeting.
the one hand, and Dr. Alpers on the other, the contrary, he wanted to build it up. But carrying on their transactions in every case by surgery was sometimes the only remedial agent correspondence, should agree on a proper re- that would effect a cure, and whenever he saw vision of the address, and that the latter, when an evil it had been the practice of a lifetime to it had finally been modified to suit the commit- attack it openly and boldly, without regard for tee, and if necessary the council, should then, the feelings of any individual, and also without and not until then, be printed in the official regard to the effect upon his own fortunes. Journal, along with the report of the com- Thus ended a situation tense with interest mittee.
and at times instinct with disaster. Something As for the recommendations made in the in the way of editorial comment on Dr. Alpers' address, and given in brief form in the fore- address, and on the general subject of reorgangoing paragraphs, the committee asked to be ization which it suggested, will be found elseconținued in office so that it could consider where in the present issue of the BULLETIN. them at leisure during the coming year and report definitely and at length at the next an
FOR OR AGAINST SUFFRAGE? mual meeting
Next in dramatic interest to the Alpers-Beal episode was the picturesque entrance of a delegation from the National Suffrage Association -if that is the correct title. This association was holding its annual convention down the Boardwalk a block or two away, and one afternoon four large, important-looking women came down the aisle and stood in a row before President Alpers' rostrum. Dr. Wolfe was the spokesman. She talked very briefly, but what she asked was the adoption of a resolution which would commit the A. Ph. A. to the principle of equal suffrage.
Finishing her remarks, she laid the resolution down on the desk, bowed very gracefully, and then she and her associates marched grandly down the aisle and out of the room.
Scarcely had the women left the convention
hall when the fun began. Jacob Diner, amid Joseph W. England, who, as chairman of the committee on pub- great laughter, moved that the resolution De ication, has general supervision over the publications of the asso
referred to the council, which would have the ciation.
effect of putting off action for another year. What the committee recommended was
Dr. Whelpley caused a still greater measure of finally voted, but not until after some fireworks
fun when he moved an amendment that it be had been exploded by Jacob Diner, Theodore
referred to the House of Delegates, but Dr. J. Bradley, R. D. Lyman, and Prof. J. P. Rem
W. C. Anderson brought down the house when ington.
in a fight of oratory he declared that the DR. ALPERS IN DEFENSE.
proper place to refer the resolution was to the Dr. Alpers finally took the floor in his own women's section. defense and made an admirable speech. It But the fun by this time had gone far seemed to me distinctly conciliatory. If there enough. One serious-minded member prowere inaccuracies in his address—if there were tested against such levity, and insisted that the exaggerations—he was entirely willing to have association should then and there consider the them corrected. He had no charges to make resolution and either approve or disapprove against any individual officer of the associ- of it. Chas. Merrell, of Cincinnati, thereupon ation, but what he was attacking was the “sys- took the floor and asserted that if the A. Ph. A. tem” that had grown up without anybody's wanted to be broken up effectually, the best connivance and almost without recognition. way to do it would be to meddle with equal He had no desire to hurt the association. On suffrage, politics, prohibition, or the European war. At that the whole matter was quickly conviction is that the A. Ph. A. ought to go to settled by referring the resolution to the House Atlantic City every other year, and then make of Delegates, and thus ended a very interesting its appeal to local membership by going somebreathing-spell during a week of hard and con- where else during the alternate years. Most tinuous labor.
of the members combine vacation with busi
ness, and when they attend an annual convenWHERE SHALL WE GO?
tion they want some of the vacation pleasures. Another interesting incident developed over Atlantic City is an ideal place for a national the selection of a meeting place for next year. convention. Invitations had been received from Indian
A DELIGHTFUL WEEK. apolis, Cincinnati, Kineo, Me., Omaha, Tampa, Atlantic City, Hawaii, and Havana. Nearly This year the attendance was rather less than an hour was consumed in settling the matter, usual, and this was probably due to the fact but the real competition was between Kineo, that a universal railroad strike was threatened Indianapolis, and Cincinnati.
on the very day when the convention was to The women were all plugging for Kineo. open. This frightened away nearly all the They had buttonholed every member person- members from the middle West and far West. ally during the last day or two, and they were The result was an attendance of three or four all in the meeting hall when the subject came hundred people instead of possibly five or six up for consideration. They nearly carried the hundred. But there were a good many new day. On a rising vote Kineo was defeated by faces at that, while most of the old guard was only a few noses. Then ensued a fight be- of course in attendance. tween Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and the The week was a delightful one. There was convention had to listen to a lot of oratory de- the ever-present attraction of a wonderful scribing the charms of these two American beach. There was the Boardwalk with its incities. Finally Indianapolis was selected by a numerable fascinations. There were theaters close vote. As a matter of fact, the members and movies, and hotels and entertainment piers felt instinctively that inasmuch as the associ- of a hundred different kinds. The whole place ation had gone to the extreme western coast breathed an atmosphere of delight and relaxlast year, and the extreme eastern coast this ation, and even at that the business sessions vear, it should strike somewhere near the cen- didn't seem to suffer very much. ter of population next year. Either Cincinnati “Uncle John” Patton was there for the first or Indianapolis was the logical place. Our own time in many years. Teeters and Kuever were