Engineers of New York Department Hold First Dinner
The Uniformed Engineers’ Benevolent Association of the Fire Department of New York City, which is made up of the engineers of steamers in the department, held its first dinner on Monday of last week at the Hotel Knickerbocker and was a notably successful occasion. The speakers were Mayor Mitchel, Fire Commissioner Adamson, Deputy Fire Commissioner Weeks, Chief Kenlon, President McAneny of the Board of Aldermen, President Marks of Manhattan, President Mathewson of The Bronx, President Connolly of Queens Borough, President Moscowitz of Civil Service Commission, Alderman Curran, Commissioner of Docks R. A. C. Smith, Mr. T. Rosseau, Secretary of Mayor and Mr. Robt. Mainzer. There were present about two hundred members of the Engineers Association and about forty guests. Among the guests being Col. Thurston, Hon. J. Seigle, Dr. H. Archer, Jas. L. Johnson, J. J. O’Reilly, Mr C. Driscoll, Chief of Bureau of Municipal Research, Mr. P. R. Bates, Chief-inCharge Bureau of Fire Alarm Telegraph, Mr. Fischer of Board of Fire Underwriters, Mr. Leopold, Dept. Chief Crawley, Chief Medical Officer Smith, Chaplains McGrau, Hamilton, Iwe and Handel, Chief of Construction C. Demarest, Supervising Engineers Chief Henry, Lieuts. Hodge and Sullivan, Chief Schlottman, Mr. T. Clarke and others prominent in public and private life. President John H. Perry of the Association introduced Mayor Mitchel who spoke of his administration for the Fire Department and of the bravery displayed by the members of the Department. He emphasized the importance of the engineers, especially their value as to the efficiency of the Department. During his speech the Mayor said: “If an engineer doesn’t have the proper stream at the proper time, the work of the company is wasted.” Commissioner Adamson spoke of the advtanages of the training essential to become an engineer, and of the present condition of the Fire Alarm Telegraph. Chief Kenlon spoke of the importance of having trained men to handle and operate the present engines (steam), and the engines of the future (gasoline) and Commissioner Moscowitz spoke of the honesty of promotion examinations in the Fire Department. James A. Molloy was secretary of the committee in charge of the dinner.