INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MUNICIPAL ELECTRICIANS.
THE International Association of Municipal Electricians has published in a handsomely illustrated volume the official report of its fifth annual convention at Pittsburgh last fall. The report also contains an interesting historical sketch of the organization, with portraits of the officers and directors, and a recapitulation of its purposes and the benefits to be derived from being a member. The idea of founding it was conceived by the late John W. Gamewell, who suggested it to Frank C. Mason, superintendent of police telegraph, of Buffalo, N. Y. Mr. Mason at once set to work, and, after spending two years in visiting the fire aud police telegraph superintendents of the United States and Canada, sent out a letter fully explaining the object of the association. All the answers received (and they were many) being in favor of organizing such an association, Mr. Mason invited those interested in the project to meet him at the Clarendon hotel, Brooklyn, N. Y., on September 15, 1896. Twelve municipal superintendents assembled, besides twenty other perconnected with the technical press, telegraph companies, fire departments, and the electrical business.
At its first meeting in 1896, the following were elected officers of the association: President, Frank C. Mason, Brooklyn, N. Y.; vice-president, Morris W. Mead, Pittsburgh, Pa.; secretary, L. Lemon, Baltimore, Md.; treasurer, Adam Bosch, Newark, N. J. The second president of the association, elected at the Nashville, Tenn., convention of 1897, was W. Y. Ellett, Elmira, N. Y.; the third, John W. Aydon, Wilmington, Del.—elected at Elmira, N. Y., 1898; the fourth, elected at Wilmington, Del., in 1899, was Captain William Brophy, Boston; the fifth, Morris W. Mead, Pittsburgh, Pa.; elected at Pittsburgh in 1900. The officers elected with President Mend were as follows: First vice-president, J. F. ZexllulT, Paterson, N. J.; second vice-president, Burt McAllister, Bradford, Pa.; third vice-president, R. E. Moran, Memphis, Tenn.; secretary, Frank P. Foster, Corning, N. Y.; treasurer, Adam Bosch, Newark, N. J.; executive committee, M. J. Donohue, Niagara Falls, N. Y.; William Brophy, Boston, Mass.; J. W. Aydon, Wilmington, Del.; F. C. Mason, Brooklyn. N. Y.; F. G. Boyd, Baltimore, Md.; G. F. MacDonald, Ottawa, Out.; M. G. Campbell, Grand Rapids, Mich.; F. L. Michael, Peoria, Ill.
With one exception, that of the second vice-president, portraits of the above gentlemen, as well as of the mayor and director of public safety of Pittsburgh, accompany this article.
The convention was held at Pittsburgh on September 25, 26, with Capt. Brophy, of Boston, in the chair. Its sessions were attended by many of the public officials of the city, including Mayor Diehl, Director of Public Safety Brown, and others.
THE NEXT CONVENTION.
Secretary Frank P. Foster, of Cornell, N. Y., writes to FIRE AND WATER that the sixth annual convention of the association will be held in the Natural Food company’s convention hall, Niagara Falls, N. Y., September, 2, 8, 4, 1901. The following is a list of hotels and rates by the day: American plan—Prospect house, $3.50 to $7.50; International hotel, $4 to $6; Cataract house;, $4.50 to $5.50; Temperance house, $1.50 to $2; Imperial hotel, $2.50 to $4; Hotel Lipton, $3 to $4; Columbia hotel, $2 to $2.50; Tower hotel, $2 to $4; Falls View hotel, $2 to $8; New York Central hotel, $2; Kaltenbach hotel, $8; Salts’ New hotel, $2; Colonnade hotel, $2; Niagara Falls bouse, $2; Hanover house, $2; Dolphin hotel, $2; Western hotel, $2; European plan—Cosmopolitan hotel, $1 to48 per day; The Oaks, .75 to $3.50; Schwartz hotel, $1.50. W. G. Green, 473 Second street, and M. J. Donohue, superintendent fire telegraph, will secure accommodations for all who wish them to do so, at any of the above hotels. This promises to be one of the best meetings ever held by this association, both in attendance and subjects to be brought before the convention.
F. C. Mason, of Brooklyn, N. Y., has made special arrangements whereby all delegates and visitors can secure greatly reduced railway fare, who go via New York city. For full information, address F. C. Mason, superintendent police telegraph, 16 Smith street, Brooklyn. N. Y., giving the number you will have in your party.