The Largest Gathering of Chiefs Euer Known—Everything is Business and Attention—Chief Hughes Not Present at the Opening.


By Telegraph to FIRE AND WATER.

The largest number of chiefs was present yesterday at the opening of the convention of the National Association of Fire Engineers ever gathered together in the history of the organization. Many new faces are seen, showing an addition to its membership during the year. Chief Edward Hughes, president of the association, was detained in Louisville on account of the city election going on there Tuesday, the result of which affecting, more or less, his position in the department, and so the convention was opened by Chief Thomas A. Lane of Manchester, N. H. He presided throughout the day, and proved a skillful chairman. On Wednesday Chief Humphreys of Pittsburgh, Pa., first vice-president of the association, presided, and with great satisfaction. Thus far it has been all business with the delegates, and this will be the order until everything has been completed. The papers thus far read proved decidedly interesting, particularly that of Simon Brentano of New York on “ fire departments.”

August 24.

Many newcomers increased the attendance to-day to nearly 400 fire chiefs. Several papers were read, and considerable discussion ensued. The weather is glorious, and everybody is in excellent spirits. Montreal was selected as the place for holding the next convention. F. W. S.

The many friends of ex-Secretary J. H. Decker will be pained to learn of the very sudden death on August 16 of his six year old son, Livingston Hall Gardner Decker.

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