DEATH OF L. A. BENTLEY.
It is with much regret the death of Luman A. Bentley, former chief of Eaton Rapids, Mich., has to be recorded. He was a most earnest worker for the International Association of Fire Engineers, and had acted as assistant secretary for that Organisation for many years. He was chief of Eaton Rapids for seventeen years, and retired from that position about ten years ago much respected not only by the men of the department, but, also, by the citizens of that place, whom he had served faithfully for so many years. He had attended the annual conventions of the International Association every year since it was formed, with only one exception. Born in 1839, L. A. Bentley was a remarkably active man up to the time of his sudden taking off. In addition to his service as chief, he filled positions rtf city treasurer, councilman, director of library board and many other places of trust in his city. He was also a Mason and a Knight Templar. Lately he had complained of his heart, and, while walking a short distance from his home on Sunday evening, the nth instant, he fell forward and was found lying face downward a short time after, shrtwing that his death was instantaneous. Past Chief Peabody, of Albion. Mich., attended the funeral on behalf of the International Association. The deceased leaves a wife, his son Henry S. and a daughter, Mrs. P. C. Birney, of Chicago.
Fire Insurance Adjuster Phelps, of Burlington, la., recently paid the Des Moines, la., a very high compliment. He is more than satisfied with its efficiency, and the sufficiency of protection it affords. He adds; “Familiarity with the con-, struction and plans of buildings by your firemen” and quickness in taking advantage of this familiarity by putting streams of water in at all critical points is the story of the department’s success. I am satisfied that the department has saved its salary account for a year in the fires I have enumerated, and believe that any other department in the State would have failed to have mastered the fires as this one has done.”