Issue 25 and Volume 61.

THE HOLDING OF CONVENTIONS. The tendency to eliminate conventions of large organizations this year owing to the war has brought a protest from the Merchants’ Association of New York, as it believes that these annual meetings, especially of trade or commercial bodies, ought not to be postponed. On the contrary it considers they are more necessary and advantageous now than at any other time. William Fellowes Morgan, president of the Association, recently addressed a letter to President Wilson suggesting that if, in his judgment, the continuation of such meetings is beneficial, a public utterance by him to that effect would have a marked influence in stimulating such gatherings and in perpetuating the results flowing therefrom. This brings up a subject of much importance to water works men and those engaged in the fire service and a careful study of the arguments for and against shows that there is good reasons…

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