Chief James R. Hopkins.
Chief James R. Hopkins, of the Somerville, Mass., fire department, has been a firemen for over thirty-seven years and is one of the oldest, if not the oldest member of the International Association of Fire Engineers. His attendance at its conventions has been nearly without a break during the existence of that organisation. Although now in his seventy-third year, he could give many a much younger chief than himself points in agility and good work at fires. He is now the oldest fire chief in active service and is as brainy and clearheaded as when he first became a firemen and no man is more tip to-date than himself in all that concerns either the theoretical or the practical side of tirefighting. During all his career he has been a student of lire protection and all that relates to it directly and indirectly, and has devoted bis spare time to obtaining a thorough knowledge of everything that contributes to the prevention, controling and extinguishing of fires. As he says himself, he has been a “constant reader of EIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING” which he “believes is the best silent educator published. No man can in the highest degree be competent to fill the office of chief engineer of a fire department, who dees not read it. Where you find the successful fire engineer, you will find both brain and brawn. A booktheorist does not fill the bill, neither does the one who is governed wholly by the rule of thumb. To be successful as a fireman, one must cultivate both brain anti his hands.” Chief Hopkins is besides a man who has been and still is a reader of literature quite outside of bis calling, and by his many contributions to the press and the world over which the rule of the publisher extends has shown that he has profited by his varied course of reading. He is in very deed the “grand old man” of the fire-service; that he may live for many years to bear that title is the hearty wish of his brethren as well as of his hosts ot friends.
On January it Chief James R. Hopkins, of Somerville, Mass., entered upon his seventy-third year, and on January 13 began his thirty-seventh year as chief of that city’s fire department. Since April 19, 1854, he has been a fireman.