New Bedford Convention One of the Best
All the predictions that the New Bedford convention of the New England Water Works Association would be a successful one have been more than fulfilled. The forty-first annual convention was one of the best the association has ever held. This proved to be true at whatever angle the gathering was viewed. In numbers it almost rivalled any of the three greatest conventions, those held at New York on two occasions and one at Boston. Beyond these it held the record for greatest attendance.
But there were several other reasons why this convention should stand out in the history of the N. E. W. W. A., as one of its best gatherings. One of these was the large attendance at and businesslike tone of its sessions. Matters moved smoothly and yet quickly under the skillful and snappy leadership of President Barbour, and the members, in their discussions, were earnest and gave many practical and useful ideas.
Smooth-moving and well-ordered arrangements were not confined, however, to the business sessions. The entertainment of the guests, a very trying and very important feature of a water works convention, went off without a hitch. The convention city spared no expense or trouble to see to it that the visitors should be made comfortable, and would go home with the most cordial feeling toward the city and its management. The management seemed even to have made a special dicker with the clerk of the weather, and the only failure in this part of the program was at the conclusion of the automobile ride on Tuesday afternoon, when old “Jupiter Pluvius” forgot himself and opened his flood gates. The New Bedfordites set out to make the convention a record one as far as their part was concerned, and made good!
Of course, a great amount of the credit is also due, as always, to the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association for its share in the entertainment, and in this connection the indefatigable John S. Warde and his exhibit committee certainly outdid themselves in both the number, quality and arrangement of the exhibits on the eighth floor of the New Bedford.