[Special report to FIRE AND WATER.]


THE International Association of Fire and Police Telegraph Superintendents was organized at the Clarendon hotel, Brooklyn, N. Y., on September 15 and 16, 1896. On first convening Frank C. Mason, superintendent of police telegraph, Brooklyn, called the meeting to order, and introduced Superintendent of Police William J. McKelvey, who made a short address of welcome to the delegates.

A temporary organization was then formed, with S. L. Wheeler as chairman and L. Lemon secretary. The chair appointed the following gentlemen as a committee to provide for a permanent organization and draft constitution and bylaws: B. S. Flanders, Will V. Ellett, Adam Bosch. W. C. Smith, and F. C. Mason.

The meeting then adjourned until Wednesday morning. On Tuesday afternoon the entire party went to Rockaway Beach fora shore dinner.

When the meeting reconvened on Wednesday morning, the committee on constitution and bye-laws reported a draft, which, after some minor changes, was adapted. The object of the association is stated as follows; “The object of this association shall be the acquisition of experimental, statistical, and scientific knowledge relating to the construction, equipment, and operation of police and fire telegraph systems, and the diffusion of this knowledge among the members of this association, with the view of improving the service and reducing the cost, and the establishment, and maintenance of a spirit of fraternity among the members of the association.”

Provision is made for active, associate, and honorary membership, the latter to extend over the period of one meeting only.

The meeting then proceeded to form a permanent organization and elected the following officers: President. Frank C. Mason, Brooklyn; vice-president, Morris W. Mead, Pittsburgh; secretary, L. Lemon, Baltimore; treasurer, Adam Bosch, Newark; executive committee—chaiimain, J. P. Barrett, Chicago; William C. Smith, New Haven; S. L. Wheeler, Springfield; J. F. Zeluff, Paterson; W. Y. Ellett, Elmira.

The following gentlemen were elected charter members of the association, many of them being present: Chas. C. Drake, ‘Trenton; J. P. Aiders, Tampa; J. Knibbs, Troy; William R. Hewitt, San Francisco; S. L. Wheeler, Springfield; W. I). Claiborne, Savannah; W. II. Murphy, Columbus; C. T. Hopewell, Cambridge; P. P. Foster, Corning; Jeremiah Murphy, Cleveland; J. P. Barrett, Chicago; J. A. Archibald, Cincinnati; L. Lemon, Baltimore; Wm. A. Barnes, Bridgeport; Henry Smith, Buffalo; B. S. Flanders, Boston; F. C. Mason and James Wafer, Brooklyn; Adam Bosch, Newark; W. C. Smith, New Haven; J. Elliott Smith, New York; W, A. Fraser, Dallas; D. O. Larkin, Dayton; Will Y. Ellett, Elmira; J. W. Aydor, Wilmington; John Speidker, Jersey Cit/; C. R. Barnes, Rochester; W. R. Thompson. Richmond; C. H. Humphreys, Macon; J. T. Morrison, Minneapolis; M. Jarvis Myers, Syracuse; Thomas Casey, St. Paul. E. F. Schering, Omaha; Morris W, Mead, Pittsburgh; L: L. Cummings, Portland, Me.

The following gentlemen were elected associate members: Frank Woods, W. L. Candee, Geo. T. Manson, N. H. Durant Cheever, F. Pearce, J. W. Stover, and A. B. Gordon.

Among those present at the meeting, aside from the delegates, were C. E. Stump, B. E. Greene, E. F. Peck, T. E. Crossman, W. T. Hunt, M. W. Rayins, J. H. Emerick, Geo. T. Manson, P. M. McLaren, H. Durant Cheever, William B. Green. T. Torrey.

The meeting adjourned subject to the call of the executive committee, and the party took a sail round Staten Island in the steamer Aurora. All present Y’oted the organization meeting a great success, as no effort had been spared to provide for the comfort and entertainment of the visitors. The report of the proceedings will be issued without delay, and mailed to the superintendents of fire and police telegraph throughout the country.

Our illustrations show a group of National Association police and fire superintendents with some of their guests; a general view of fire alarm headquarters, located at No. 365 Jay street, Brooklyn; p.utomaticline tester and dial transmitter, Brooklyn tire alarm headquarters; multiple pen-register and part of relay cabinet; and the main switchboard in the same building. The fire alarm system is the Gamewell. The battery room is fitted up with Gordon Burnham cells, which at the time of the visit of the association had been on closed circuit for six months. The main switchboard is in three sections, supported on a marble base, and arranged for sixty circuits, each of which respectively connects to the engine houses and street boxes, an annunciator drop (with which each circuit is supplied) gives the line number which communicates the signal. The number of the circuit is immediately determined by a circular indicator on the top of the board. Each circuit is provided with a pair of test switches and galvanometer. The multiple pen register marks immediately in black and red whenever the circular indicator acts. If any circuit is disorganized, the one pen used for the purpose marks in red ink—there are fifty pens for black ink. A spring-jack operates connections and additional cells for each circuit, which is also protected against crosses, grounds, earth-circuits, etc. The existence of trouble is indicated at once, as the line-testing apparatus is automatic in its nature. An Excelsior electro-mechanical gong and a visual indicator have also been installed, so that, when an alarm is sent, the box number sending it from the street is shown and likewise struck by the gong.

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