NATIONAL FIREMENS ASSOCIATION.
With the view of having a uniform system of rules for the governance of tournaments and contests among fire departments. and companies, instead of having different rules prevail in every State, it is proposed to form a National Firemen’s association, whose membership shall consist of paid, volunteer, and veteran firemen of the United States. A meeting for organization will be held at Chicago, III., on Thursday and Friday next, at which the representatives of departments, companies, or veteran organizations will it is hoped, bring a copy of the rules of their respective organizations, that, after comparison, new rules may be compiled for universal adoption. All members and delegates who will attend should at once notify Fred A. Wood, acting secretary, (president of the Iowa State Firemen’s association and chairman of committee). Cedar Rapids, la. so that full arrangements can be made in Chicago for all. The headquarters in Chicago will be Burke’s hotel, 140 and J42 Madison street, where arrangements have been made for good rooms, with two people at fifty cents apiece, single rooms seventy-five cents and $1. Good restaurant, Chicago Oyster house, connected with hotel. Through the kindness of Chief Swenie, of the Chicago fire department, the meetings will be heid in the Veteran Firemen’s association hall, at engine house 13. All firemen attending this meeting should take a receipt for their railroad ticket, as the association gets one and one-third rate on certific ite plan.
At Richmond. Va., an insurance inspector reports that in the mercantile section of the city, lying chiefly between Main street and the river, the water pipes are altogether too small, being mostly four and six-inch pipes, and in several instances only three-inch pipes. The retail district on Broad street has eight six, and four-inch pipes. The pressure at the hydrants is hardly more than enough to keep the mains full after allowing for drop in the pressure due to friction in the small lines.