International Association of Fire Engineers.
TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL CONVENTION.
PROGRAM OF THE ST LOUIS CONVENTION.
FOR the twentysixth time the members of the International Association of Fire Engineers meets in convention—this year at St. Louis, Mo. Its headquarters will be at the Planters’ hotel, of which Mr. Henry Weaver is the able and courteous host. Every preparation is being made by Chief Swingley and the local committee to make the onvention a success. The following is the program of the proceedings:
TOPICS AND ASSIGNMENTS.
Topic No. 1.—Practical benefits of gymnasium to fire de partments Charles Roberts, chief fire department, Denver, Colo.
Topic No. a.—At what temperature will water, when applied in given quantities be transtormed into steam or gas, and thus aid combustion; and what conditions should govern the sire and pressure of streams used by firemen in fighting fires ? Geo. C. Hale, chief fire department, Kansas City, Mo.
Topic No. 4.—What style of horse is best suited to the fire service? Is breeding essential ? James Devine, chief fire department. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Topic No. 5.—Auxiliary pipe lines forfite protection, operated by fireboats. J. W. Dickinson, chief fire department, Cleveland, Ohio.
The danger of showing pictures by the vitascope and other like machines. Capt. Wm. Brophy, chief electrician, fire department, Boston, Mass.
The inflammable and explosive properties of smoke, when confined in a burning building, conducive to a rapid spread of fire. William McDevitt, inspector insurance patrol. Philadelphia.
The faulty construction of buildings is responsible for the frequent and terrible loss of brave men.
A few practical illustrations of methods that will prevent this fearful loss of life and property, and will not increase the common cost of good building. E. S. Loring, consulting architect, Syracuse, N. Y.
It is expected that several other valuable papers will be presented at the convention.
To promote discussion of subjects pertaining to prevention and extinguishment oLfires, the board of directors has de cided to have a questicn box at the meeting, into which any members can place questions that they desire brought before the convention for discussion. The box will be opened and questions read on the afternoon of the third day. Parties proposing questions will kindly add their names to the paper.
COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION.
Secretary Hills, Chiefs Swenie, and Swingley form a committee on transportation.
THE EXHIBIT COMMITTEE
was as follows: Wm. C. McAfee. Baltimore, Md., chairman; O. G. Marjenhoff, Charleston, S. C.; Thos. J. Casey, Cambridge. Mass.: T. R. Elliott. Detroit. Mich.: C, F. Wall Toledo, Ohio; P. R. Fennell, Winona, Minn; Chas.H.Swan, Providence, R. I.; C. S. Woods, Evansville, Ind.; Geo. W. Wallis. Saginaw, Mich.
THE SUBCOMMITTEES ON EXHIBITS.
are as follows: On hose.—W. C. McAfee, Baltimore, Md.; Henry Heinmiller, Columbus, Ohio; Thos. J. Casey, Cambridge. Mass. On supplies.—P. R. Fennell, Winona. Minn.t C. S. Wood, Evansville, Ind.; O. G. Marjenhoff, Charles; ton, S. C. On rolling stock.—Chas. H. Swan, Providence, R. I.; C. F. Wall, Toledo, Ohio; Geo. W. Wallis, Saginaw, Mich.
Only one day will be devoted to tests and only one article will be tested at a time. In this way the unsatisfactory character of promiscuously conducted tests will bejavoided. Any exhibitor who may be unable to appear at the appointed time will be afforded ample time to exhibit his goods after the regu. lar schedule has been gone through with. A printed schedule will be furnished each exhibitor and person attending the convention, setting forth the name, description, etc., of each article to be tested, with the exact time when such test will be made.
A LARGE ATTENDANCE
of chiefs and others is’expected.as President Swingley and Sec. retary Hills have circularized mayors, fire commissioners, and town trustees as to the necessity of paying the expenses of their respective chiefs to the convention and have also urged upon the editors of local newspapers to press the mattei in their columns.
The president of the association is A. J. Kennedy, New Haven, Conn,; the secretary Henry A Hills, Wyon it g, Ohio, and the treasurer, D. C. Larkin, Dayton, Ohio*
A FULL REPORT
of the proceedings taken by a stenographer specially engaged for the purpose will appear in FIRE AND WATER.