FORMER CHIEF J. W. SMITH DEAD. The death, after an operation, of John W. Smith, former chief engineer of the Brooklyn, N. Y., fire department is announced. The deceased. who was in his seventy-first year, had been for many years a resident of the Eastern district, and was at the head of the old volunteer fire department. When the paid establishment was instituted in 1860, he served as its first assistant chief engineer. He was a very progressive fireman and his talks at the conventions of the International Association of Eire Engineers, of which he was one of the early members, always found ready listeners. After his resignation from the Brooklyn department he was appointed inspector of the Fire Underwriters’ association— a position which he held for some years. The deceased was very popular with all classes of firemen.