CONNECTICUT STATE FIREMEN.

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.

Connecticut State Firemen.

Connecticut State Firemen.

(From an Occasional Correspondent.)

NEW BRITAIN, CONN., June 8.—The annual convention of the Connecticut State Firemen’s Association, to be held in this city June 16 and 17, promises to be one of the most interesting ever held. The members of the local department are tiestirring themselves and intend to give the delegates a warm reception. They will be entertained at a banquet on the evening of the 16th at the State Armory. On the morning of the 17th Chief Carleton will have out the local department for a short parade and a working exhibition. The committee lias engaged the American Military Band for the evening of the 16th for a short parade to the armory, and to play a concert during the evening, also for the morning of the 17th. The common council has appropriated a sum not to exceed $400, and the department has collected a like sum from the manufacturers and citizens to cover the expenses. Everybody seems to be determined to have the delegates go home from here with a good idea of the hospitality of New Britain’s citizens.