By the time this number reaches the readers of the Journal, nearly all the State societies will have held their annual meetings—meetings which, judging from the proceedings, seem to have been marked by great harmony, unanimity of sentiment and fraternal feeling. The chronic growler was there as usual, but either his voice was husky, or there was something in the atmosphere whiich prevented its resonance, for very little of him appears in the reports of the proceedings.
The time is ripe for professional organization, and the profession at last seems to have realized it in a largely increased attendance of most of the societies, notwithstanding the financial stringency of the times, which has reduced professional incomes very materially and made collection of earned bills extremely difficult. The attendance has been fully the average in most cases, and several of the societies have increased it. We have printed abstracts of the