By L. J. Studebaker Kansas City, Mo.

The second Congress of Photography will meet during the Convention and I am assured that most of the State Societies will be represented. Here is the opportunity to bring before the photographers of the country such suggestions for the general welfare as may be thought advisable. The Congress is in its infancy as yet, but I see much for it to do in the near future, and it should have the earnest consideration of all who are interested in improving the status and standard of professional portraiture.

The manufacturers will be well taken care of. The halls at their disposal are large and well lighted and, as we are going into territory this year that has not had a national meeting in several years, there will undoubtedly be a full representation of manufacturers and others interested in the commercial side of the business.

Of the entertainments to be offered to the members, it is too early to speak. They will be abundant and varied. The local Milwaukee photographers are looking after that end, and with the proverbial Milwaukee hospitality, there need be no fear that anything will be lacking for the amusement of all.

Several of the states nearby to milwaukee have abandoned their conventions this year, in order to join with us and make our 1910 Convention that more successful.

I feel that the officers of these State organizations are doing me a special favor in thus forwarding our interests and they have my warmest thanks.

After all, I am but in the position of a general with an army back of him. I may direct and plan with the assistance of my brother officials, but unless I have the good-will and earnest support of the rank and file (in this case the members of the Association), I can accomplish but little. It is to urge this goodwill and support that I am addressing you early in the year. Weeks and months pass quickly and unless we prepare well in advance and make up our minds that we are going to stand by each other and by our Association, we shall find July upon us and ourselves unprepared for the event. Therefore let me call upon you now to determine to be in Milwaukee when the roll is called; let me call upon you now to prepare your exhibit, bearing in mind always that it is quality only that can count among your fellows, and that if each of you does his best, the 1910 Convention will show such a set of pictures as will be hard again to equal; and let me call upon you to urge your neighbor to become a member of the Association, for you can do yourself the greatest good by getting all to work in harmony and for the general welfare.

If, when the Convention is over, we have progressed one tiny step in the creation of the universal photographic brotherhood, which is, after all, the aim of this Association, I shall feel that my work has not been in vain.Fraternally and cordially, A. T. Proctor, President P. A. of A.