It was the unanimous opinion of all the water-works men at Milwaukee that Mr. Benzenberg made an admirable president, and if the custom was to re-elect the presiding officer he would undoubtedly have had a full vote for a second term. His executive ability is beyond question, as was shown by his rulings and promptness in disposing of the large amount of business brought before the convention. The perfect arrangements and excellent nature of the entertainments which Mr. Benzenberg provided for his guests, must be classed as among the best that the association has enjoyed since its formation. It will be an honor to the American Water-works Association to have Mr. Benzenberg again in the chair, when his duties will not be so arduous as those which he had to discharge in Milwaukee.
Mr. Bolling of Richmond, Va., made a good second in his bid for next year’s convention. Brother Bolling can rest assured that the members of the association are more anxious than he to visit the greatest city in the South, and that it will not require much persuasion to get them there in 1895.
What would a convention be without Mayor Haynes of Newark 1 He has become a welcome visitor to every convention since the Chicago meeting. His speech at the banquet at Whitefish bay, wherein he related his action as to removing the black flag from the so-called labor processionists in his city, was received with great applause. The Mayor is made of the right stuff, as is shown by his re-election as chief executive of that city for ten consecutive years.
The programme of entertainments was very complete and enjoyable. In carrying it out Mr. Rogers of the Board of Trade and Mr. Reynolds of the Edward P. Allis Company are entitled to much credit for their untiring efforts to please everybody. The visits to the pumping stations, drive around the city, excursion on the lake, reception at the Plankinton and the banquet at Fresh Fish bay, made up a bill of fare which was very enticing and was thoroughly appreciated.
Chief Engineer Foley of the fire department took much interest in the convention and accompanied the visitors in the drive around the city. He also gave an exhibition of water throwing by The Cataract, which proved that Milwaukee has a fine fire boat.
The test of making a connection in a twenty-four inch main with the Smith tapping machine was witnessed by a large delegation of the members, and the operation was so successfully performed as to receive the praise of all present.
Secretary Peter Milne made a good chairman at the banquet and the speech of John C. Kelley on the beauties of the city of Milwaukee was the hit of the evening. It should be mentioned that Albert E. Hyde, of the firm of fames B. Clow & Son, proved himself a good entertainer by the excellent recitations which he gave.
The Minneapolis delegation, headed by Mr. Foote, was as fine a body of hustlers as the Flour City could well select for the purpose intended, that of taking the convention there next year.
The amendment to the constitution, which provides that the committee of five for nominating officers be chosen by members of the association, instead of being nominated by the president as heretofore, seemed to meet with general approval. A majority voted to elect officers by ballot, but this was declared too tedious a proceeding, and the above substitute, proposed by Secretary Milne, was adopted.
The president-elect of the association, James P. Donohue of Davenport, la., is well deserving of the compliment paid him. He has been its steadfast friend and a constant attendant at all the yearly deliberations, and has always joined in the discussions of subjects before the convention. There is no doubt he will make a big effort to have the Minneapolis meeting a great success.