It is my pleasant duty to declare open this Victory Meeting of the Section on Surgery—a privilege for which, I need not say, I am deeply grateful to you all. We are gathered here under this significant title to celebrate and commemorate the happy ending of a tremendous struggle in which many of our members took no inconspicuous part. The ending of that struggle came unexpectedly, and it is somewhat unfortunate that the Executive Committee of the section failed to consider that possibility. For, could the committee have had prevision, could it have looked even dimly into the then near future, I am sure that some one far more worthy than I, some one of more active military experience and of greater renown would stand here today as your chairman. Though such an occurrence would have been very probable and though it would have been fitting indeed, yet I can
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