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THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE ENGINEERS.

Issue 6 and Volume 1888 4.

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE ENGINEERS. Although already familiar to many of our readers, the following facts regarding the organization and history of the National Association of Fire Engineers, which recently appeared in The Boston Globe, must needs be interesting to members of the association, both old and new, and we make no further apology for reprinting them: After Chicago’s big fire in 1871, Chief John S. Damrell of Boston visited that city to examine the existing situation of affairs and consult with General Phil Sheridan relative to the use of powder in blowing up buildings, which Eastern newspapers had so highly praised as being successful. General Sheridan in no uncertain terms condemned its use, and credited no benefit to its use during the large conflagration there. Arriving home, Chief Damrell opened correspondence with other chiefs of large cities to ascertain their ideas relative to the use of powder in…

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