CONNECTICUT STATE FIREMEN.
The Connecticut State firemen met in convention (the twenty-third) at West Haven, more than 300 delegates being present, with President George F. Beardslee in the chair. The address of welcome was delivered by J. H. Peck, and the president, after replying, and the transaction of some routine business, delivered his address, in which he referred feelingly to the death of Chief I. B. Hyatt, of Meriden. The report of Secretary Jones showed a balance of $154 in his hands ; that of Treasurer Snagg, a balance of $7,226.65. There were 235 companies represented at the convention and nearly 12,000 firemen. T he secretary reported many changes due to politics, and deprecated such a condition of affairs. The gavel used is made tip of eight pieces of the wood of as many historic trees, one from each county in the State. It was presented by former Chief A. C. Hendrick, of New Haven. Chief Hopkins, of Somerville Mass., the oldest but one of the lire chiefs of the United States and fifty years a fireman, delivered an address, which was exceedingly valuable from an historical point of view. President James D. McNeill, of the National Firemen’s association, spoke on the objects of the body he represented. I he election of officers showed the following re suits: President, Archibald Macdonald, Putnam; vicepresident, Assistant Chief William B. Per kins. New Haven; secretary, former Chief John S Jones, Westport (re-elected); treasurer. Samuel C. Snagg, Waterbury (re-elected), with eight county vicepresidents. One resolution passed condemned the increase in insurance rates. A memorial service was also held for thirty-nine mem bers who died during the preceding twelve months. A banquet and a grand parade formed features of the convention.