CHESTER VOLUNTEERS IN CONVENTION.
The volunteer firemen of Chester, Pa., from points in southeastern Pennsylvania, have just completed their three-days’ convention, which was held in the headquarters of the Chester Aerie, Fraternal Order of Eagles, the object being to effect a permanent organisation to represent the volunteer fire companies in that section of the State. Eighty delegates representing Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Lehigh counties were present. Chief Edward McCarey, chief of the Chester department. Mayor Crothers welcomed the delegates as the representatives of 800,000 people in the Keystone State. Citizens (he said) have all to gain and nothing to lose by the work of the volunteer firemen— protection for his property and family and a lower rate of insurance. And for all that the speaker could see, no reward for the volunteer firemen—but in heaven. Former Mayor Dr. D. W. Jefferies responded on behalf of the firemen. The convention decided to name the organisation the Volunteer Firemen’s Association of Eastern Pennsylvania, the western boundary line to be the Susquehanna river. The present movement, it is believed, will result in a more definite recognition of the volunteer companies at the future State conventions in the way of State legislation, which, it was contended, is usually in favor of the paid departments, these having a majority representation. The following officers were elected to serve during the ensuing year: President, Edward McCarey, Chester; secretary, R. John Shoemaker, Chester; treasurer, Philip McMunigal, Chester; vicepresidents, David Voorhees, Bucks county, Herbert P. Worth, Chester county, Romanos Arnold, sr., Lebanon county, Max Silberman. Montgomery county, James A. Oldham, Northampton county, James 11. Swcefley, Delaware county. The parade was a large one and was conspicuous for the number of uniformed men, apparatus and bands. The Union fire company, of Lebanon, alone was 200 strong and was accompanied with a band of forty-five pieces. The Media fire company, also, was well represented and had a band of thirty pieces. Next year’s convention will meet at South Bethlehem.