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15 J. B. Ass'n St. Kan. 1 (1946-1947)

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of the State of Kansas
VOL. XV                      AUGUST, 1946                       NO. 1
Published Quarterly, August, November, February and May, by the
Bar Association of the State of Kansas.
$3.00 Per Annum                Members $1.50            Single Copy $1.00
Address communications to Franklin Corrick, Third Floor, Statehouse,
Topeka, Kansas, or The Journal Publication Office,
1501 E. Douglas, Wichita, Kansas.
Entered as Second Class Matter, August 20, 1932, at the Post Office at
Wichita, Kansas, under the Act of March 3, 1879.
Copyright 1932, by Journal of the Bar Association of the State of Kansas.
PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS
By J. G. SOMERS
The Constitution of the Bar Association of the State of Kansas provides
that your president shall make an appropriate address at its annual meeting,
and were it not for that provision, that address could very well be eliminated
at this meeting when all emphasis and most of the time is devoted to refresh-
ing the minds of our returned veterans.
When I took office a year ago, thewar in Europe had just ended, but the
war in the Pacific was rising to new heights of fury. More than half of our
membership was in the armed services, peace was in the dim future, and those
few men in attendance at that meeting, there were not over fifty, were far
more occupied with problems of war than problems of peace.
Today, we have the largest meeting in the history of the Kansas Bar
Association; almost all of our members who will ever return are back, and
most of them are at this meeting. We had the largest pre-convention mem-
bership in our existence, 970, and I am told that today we have 1136 dues
paying members, a record.
All honor is due those who have served their country in the Army, Navy
and Marine Corps. You have acquitted yourselves well. You have without
exception occupied places of leadership in war. You assumed command.
Now, you must assume command in the affairs of peace.
A year ago, we were certain that we would conquer Japan, the only
uncertainty being the time it would take. We were just as certain that the
objective of peace having been attained, order would come out of chaos, we
would devote our colossal war productive powers to the products of peace
and prosperity, and contentment would return to the land. Cars, radios,
clothes, refrigerators and all the hard-to-get gadgets would flow from pro-
duction lines; meat, other foods and even sugar would be plentiful. All war
plants would be converted to peacetime operation, the much-feared conver-
sion unemployment would have ended, and we would have resumed the even

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