It is with a sense of optimism for the future of the P. A. of A. that plans are contemplated for the Rochester convention which are intricate, arduous and vitally essential to the future welfare of photographers. I would shrink before the task undertaken were it not for the hearty support and approval of the rank and file of our cratt. Their loyal support of my chief aim and desire, that of amalgamating the intcrests of the state associations, has led me to believe the time has come to place this matter before our members for discussion.

We have year after year spent our time and money congregating together, and that we have been benefitted, instructed and socially entertained each year is best proven by the continuous interest and attendance.

This year we desire you shall have all the good that has matured out of the past, but let us seriously and unselfishly bend our energies toward perfecting a universal brotherhood which shall in time include the majority of the professional photographers of the United States and Canada.

This is a big undertaking, but not impossible nor improbable. All that is needed is the earnest and selfwilled intent of the best minds of our profession. Canvassing among our members for their opinions has demonstrated that action is both wise and expedient. It has therefore been decided to start the movement which I hope will culminate in a perfect working congress of photography.

This plan will in no wise interfere with the state societies, but to the contrary it will tend to strengthen and increase them, as in my opinion with such an organization no one could become an active member of the P. A. of A. unless he hold credentials from his state society. All others would be associate members and would be deprived of none of the privileges except voting.

The legislative work could then be conducted by delegates from the state associations elected or appointed by their respective societies. In order that this plan may have a practical test I am placing this matter before each state society, asking for delegates who will assemble at Rochester for the purpose of perfecting a future plan of action. Their report will then be placed before our members for consideration.

The Ohio-Michigan, the first convention of the year, has taken favorable action and the following delegates have been appointed:

For Ohio

C. L. Lewis, Toledo; \Y. L. Smith, St. Mary's; J. A. Walker, Bowling Green.

For Michigan

E. E. Doty, Belding; J. E. Rentchler, Ann Arbor; E. J. Tray, Jackson.

The Canadian Association have abandoned their convention for 1909, and are to attend the Rochester convention in body, and will appoint delegates. They are ready to support this undertaking, which makes this year one of opportunity for international results.

This invitation is now before the New York and Pennsylvania state associations for approval, and will be advanced to all other organized bodies of professional photographers before the meeting of our convention in July.

Arrangements have been perfected whereby the delegates will meet in the Chamber of Commerce Hall, apart from the convention; this procedure will demonstrate the wisdom of a delegated body for legislative action in the interest of photographers generally.

As soon as notification of the election of a delegate is received, appropriate credentials will be assigned him, and no person will be recognized or admitted to this congress without them. The congress will act independentlj- of convention and report its deliberations to the P. A. of A. for amendments, or adoption.

There are to be other matters pertaining to the week's accomplishments, other than law and organization, which will make for the Rochester convention the heaviest week's work in the history of its twenty-nine years' service to photographers.

The School of Photography will be represented by the foremost men of our profession, and conducted in Convention Hall under the leadership of Ryland W. Phillips, of Philadelphia. For persistence and untiring energy, this man Phillips has no superior, and when he conducts this school we are assured of its success. Back of him stands every member of our association, ready and willing to lend assistance. Details of the school will be given out later.

The picture exhibit this year is to be complimentary. This one feature of convention week is to prove the contending opinion of prizes. I have now filed away treasured letters of endorsement for the board's attitude on this question from many leading photographers, all promising their best efforts and an exhibit for the Rochester convention. Think of it, seventy of our leading men promising from four to six pictures, and at this early date. I prophesy for the Rochester exhibition one of the best and most attractive collections in recent years. Many others will be appealed to to sustain the prestige of American professional photography. As the pictures are to be catalogued this year, we must know early of your intentions of becoming one of the exhibitors. Therefore be loyal to your association and friends and write Mr. A. T. Proctor, Huntington, W. Va., of your intention to send from four to six of your best pictures, neatly framed, that, when our pictures are hung, we may all point with pride to our Art Gallery of 1909 Remember that all pictures are to be hung by states, so let us prove what state organization can do in promoting state pride get busy.

The women of America are to be given a distinction this year by exhibiting collectively. Enough signatures have been received to wan-ant the success of this innovation, but the women must become interested to make the best possible showing, and with their assured co-operation success is certain.