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Mr. George Browning Cramp, K.C., of the firm of Cramp, Ewing and McFadden, the oldest practising lawyer in the district of Montreal, recently passed away at his home, 62 McTavish street, after having been in indifferent health for some months. Mr. Cramp was one of the best known lawyers in Montreal, being particularly recognized as an expert on legal aspects of real estate transactions. He was regarded as an expert in the matter of titles, and aided in a consulting capacity for large corporations in the city. The deceased was the son of the late Rev. J. M. Cramp, who at one time filled an important position on the staff of the Baptist College. He was born in England, but when still a young man came to Canada with his family, living for a time in Nova Scotia. He completed his education there, and was admitted to practice as a lawyer 58 years ago. For many years he was a partner of Mr. J. J. Day, K.C., and upon his retirement allied himself with the late Mr. A. F. Lunn, K.C., forming the firm of Lunn and Cramp, Mr. Lunn died in 1884, and four years later, Mr. Cramp formed a partnership with Mr. J. Armitage Ewing, K.C. Two years later Mr. George S. McFadden was admitted into the firm, and the business name of the firm has since been known as Cramp, Ewing and McFadden. Mr. Cramp's advice was greatly sought after, and he acted in a consulting capacity for such corporations as McGill University, the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company, the White Star-Dominion Line, and the Montreal Loan and Mortgage Company. He was a member of the Mount Royal Club, St. James Club, and a prominent member of Olivet Baptist Church. Mr. Cramp, who was unmarried, is survived by one sister, Miss Cramp, of Montreal; his niece, Miss Nora Cramp, and three nephews, Mr. H. B. Muir and Mr. J. M. C. Muir, of this city, and Mr. Martin Cramp, of Ottawa.
In anticipation of the creation of four additional Supreme Court Judges for Alberta during the present session of the Legislature of the province, a number of candidates for the positions, which it is the privilege of the Dominion Government to fill, are already in the field.
At the present time there are five Supreme Court Judges in the province of Alberta. These are divided between Calgary and Edmonton, and outside points are visited on the circuit system. Growing amount of litigation consequent upon the development of the province has convinced the Alberta Government that an increase of the number of Judges is necessary, and it is expected that legislation creating these will be passed early in the present Session. The province created the positions, the Dominion fills and pays for them. The positions have not been created, but nevertheless a number of eager candidates have already commended themselves to the earnest consideration of the Dominion Government as desiring the honours. Among these are J. F. Bowen, city solicitor, Edmonton; M. S. McCarthy, ex-M.P., Calgary; James Muir, Calgary; E. P. McNeill, Macleod, and W. C. Ives, of Lethbridge. Owing to the rapid increase in shipping at the port of Prince Rupert, steps are being taken by the Bar association of the city to urge the appointment of a local registrar of the Admiralty Court for Prince Rupert. The Admiralty is a branch of the Exchequer Court, a Dominion Court with headquarters at 0ttawa. The Dominion is divided into Admiralty districts, and a local Judge is appointed for each district. At the present time the whole of British Columbia is in one district, over which Mr. Justice Martin presides. By reason of the appointment of Mr. Justice Martin to the Court of Appeals of the province, and owing to his duties as Judge in Admiralty in the southern end of the province, it is practically impossible that he hold Admiralty Court in Prince Rupert. For that reason it is urged by the members of the Bar that a local Judge of the Admiralty Court for the northern end of the province, with headquarters at Prince Rupert, should be appointed, and the name of His Honour Judge Young, the resident County Court Judge, is suggested in that connection. The creation of the Prince Rupert registry of this Court, and the appointment of a local Judge to preside in Admiralty, would mark a distinct step forward in the progress of the community, and it would be a matter of the very greatest convenience to all those connected with shipping.pressed his personal desire to accept, but as he is the holder of the great seal of state, he had to secure the consent of the King to leave the country during his term of office. This he has now received. In formally accepting the invitation of the Bar Association Wiscount Haldane wrote:“I esteem the invitation as an exceptional honour, and I look forward to the pleasure of meeting the great lawyers of the United States and Canada.” Word has been just received in Toronto of the death at Aiken, South Carolina, of F. C. Cooke, a prominent Toronto barrister, and former partner in the law firm of Pinkerton & Cooke. For the past eight years, Mr. Cooke had been in p00r health, and went to South Carolina two months ago in Order to escape the severe weather in Toronto. He failed to receive much benefit by the change, however, and sank slowly until he passed peacefully away. Mr. Cooke was 40 years old and unmarried. He lived with his family at 26 Leopold street. He was a member of the Albany Club and was popular in social and business circles in Toronto. His body will be brought to Toronto for burial. Mr. C. A. Batson having formed a law partnership with Mr. J. L. Darling of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in the Stewart block (opposite the post office), Main street, Thessalon, announces that he will now be in his office at Thessalon On Saturdays of each week.
Implementing the announcement in this connection recently made to the House by the Prime Minister, Mr. W. F. Burns, barrister, of Vancouver, has been appointed a
Commissioner under the Public Inquiries Act, to investigate *.
Advisability of forming a Dominion Bar Association was discussed by the executive committee of the Ontario Bar !. Association at a meeting in the York Club. Legal lumin- o aries in the various provinces will be communicated with as a preliminary to getting such a federation under way. One of the chief objects looked to is the making of uni- * . . form commercial laws throughout the Dominion. The committee reaffirmed the principle of the General Association, that there should be a Divorce Court in Canada, and formal representations to this effect will be made to o Parliament. The committee also proceeded with the formation of a committee which is to endeavour to obtain a bankruptcy law for Canada, and Mr. James Bicknell, K.C., was made convener of the committee, which is to bring pres- * sure on the Federal Government. The Treasurer reported a substantial cash balance, Sir Allan Aylesworth, K.C., M.G., was present, and made an address. Seventeen were present, and they were the guests of President M. H. Ludwig, K.C., to dinner.
Mr. W. A. Boland, M.A., late of the firm of Patrick, Boland & Doherty, has severed his connection with that firm and has opened offices in rooms 4 and 5, Dunlop Block. Mr. Boland is one of the best known members of the legal profession in Yorkton, and for the past two years has been town solicitor.
Viscount Haldane, the Lord High Chancellor, will be the guest of the American Bar Association and will deliver the chief address at the annual meeting of the association, which is to be held at Montreal September 1st, next.
The Lord Chancellor, as soon as he received the invitation, which was tendered through Frank B. Kellogg, ex
Mr. Walter Clayton, barrister, has arrived in Penticton from Vancouver to be associated with Mr. W. H. T. Gahan in the practice of law.
L. J. Reycraft, the well known Ridgetown barrister, has decided to leave Ridgetown about March 1st, to take a position with the C. P. R. at Winnipeg. Mr. Reycraft was offered and has accepted the position of solicitor of the C. P. R. with headquarters at Winnipeg, his district extending from Fort William to Southern Saskatchewan.
Clare Montrose Wright, who at the time of the Kinrade tragedy in Hamilton was trying for the ministry, and who subsequently married Miss Florence Kinrade, has been called to the bar of Alberta. He was with Ryan and Robinson, Calgary, when he passed his final examinations.
The results of the recent Bar examinations at Halifax, N. S., have been announced, and the many friends of A. W. Jones and J. S. Roper will be pleased to learn that they have completed all requirements necessary to admission to the Bar. Mr. Jones, who is with the firm of McInnis, Mellish, Fulton and Kenny, is widely known by the business public, not only of this city, but of the province, and his career will be watched with much interest. His marks in all five papers were highly creditable. Mr. Roper, of the firm of Harris, Henry, Rogers and Harris, also made a good shewing, and his future will be as well watched with interest.
Mr. Ira Standish, the well-known lawyer of the city, died at his residence, 20 Warren Road, after a short illness. Following two severe attacks of typhoid fever, which occurred about two years ago, Mr. Standish had been in poor health. Subsequently he was seized with another severe sickness, and although he recovered somewhat from its effects, he suffered a relapse, became worse, gradually sinking until the final summons came.
The late Mr. Standish was born in Trafalgar township, near Oakville, about 49 years ago. After completing his education he graduated in 1888, and entered the firm of Beatty, Hamilton and Cassels. Subsequently the firm divided, and he became connected with Cassels and Standish, having entered the new firm. About six years ago he formed a partnership with Mr. Fletcher Snider, under the title of Standish and Snider.
LAW ASSOCIATION REPORTS,
ANNUAL DINNER OF THE MOOSE JAW BAR.
The annual dinner of the Moose Jaw Bar Association was held recently in the Royal George grill room, and passed off with considerable eclat. J. Franklin Hare, the president, was in the chair. After justice had been done by the ladies and gentlemen present to the cuisine of the house. Toast-master Mr. Hare proposed the toast to the King, then calling upon H. B. Spotton to propose the toast to The Bench. In the absence of Judge Ouseley, Magistrate Dunn was asked to respond. In his reply Dunn commented favourably on the system which obtains in the Canadian judiciary, , namely, the life appointment of Judges, and speaking to the