Official Notices.

Official Notices.



Proposals will be received until noon of October 7, 1884, for furnishing to the city of Chicago, for the use of the fire department, five thousand (5000) feet of five-ply, six-ply capped ends, of the best rubber hose, without couplings; to be delivered in this city within thirty days from date of contract. The proposals to be made upon blanks to be obtained at this office, to be sealed and addressed to the Fire Marshal, endorsed “Proposals for Hose,” and left with the secretary, at this office, on or before the time above stated, the proposals to be accompanied by samples of the hose offered.

The Fire Marshal reserves the right to reject any and all bids if deemed for the best interests of the city. D. J. SWENJK,

Fire Marshall.


OFFICE OF PRESIDENT, BOSTON, MASS., September 18,1884. To the Firemen 0/ the Old Commonwealth of Massachusetts :

Gentlemen—The Fifth Convention of the Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association will convene at Armory Hall, Fall River, Tuesday, October 14, 1884, at n o’clock A. M.

The association meets annually at such places in the Commonwealth as it may select. Its objects are to place their seal of approbation on all matters of interest and benefit to the brotherhood ; likewise to disapprove and condemn all acts and practices that would question the rights of a fireman to be classed and recognized as a gentleman.

Article 5 of the constitution provides for delegates as follows:

SECTION I. The membership of this association shall consist of delegates of fire companies in active service, cf chief engineers, and one delegate from each board of engineers, superintendents of fire alarms, superintendents of insurance brigades, representatives of Board of Fire Commissioners and veteran firemen’s associations. hath active fire company shall be entitled to send two delegates to each meeting of the association, each Board of Fire Commissioners and veteran firemen’s association to one delegate each. And any delegate having paid his membership fees and annual dues, shall continue a member as long as he pays his annual dues and remains in good standing either as active or exempt fireman. Any member who is sent as a delegate by any of tne organizations above mentioned, shall furnish a certificate from the chief engineer of the city or town in which he lives that he is an active or exempt fireman in good standing.

Sue. a. Every member of this association shall pay a membership fee of $2 and $1 annual dues.

Sue. 3. All companies represented in this association must be in full accord and in good standing in the fire department of which they are members ; and if at any time they are not so, they shall forfeit all right to membership in this association.

SEC. 4. All delegates will be required to furnish credentials from the company sending them as their delegates, with their name inserted therein, signed by the foreman and secretary of the company and indorsed by the chief engineer, that the company is in good and regular standing in the city or town where located.

It is the earnest wish of the executive committee that all organized fire companies in the State send delegates to represent them in this convention. The chiefs of departments are earnestly solicited to be present and take part in its deliberations. The importance of this convention cannot be over-estimated. Let municipal and town authorities send their chiefs and fire wards to attend this convention. The committee on fire departments in the several cities and towns are cordially invited to attend, as a large exhibit of apparatus and supplies will be one of the main features of the convention.

Chiefs who intend to be present will please to notify the secretary as early as possible.

The accompanying list of topics is of much interest to all classes of firemen, as well as to all manufacturers and dealers in fire apparatus and supplies, and will be presented by those to whom they are severally assigned, after which it is expected that they will be discussed by the convention, both delegates and exhibitors being privileged to ipeak on the subject presented.

The hotel rates will be as follows to all who attend the convention : Wilber House, $2.50 per day, and $2 per day when two occupy one room. Narragansclt Hotel, $2 per day.

The headquarters of the association will be at the Wilber House, where the secretary can he found.

The secretary will furnish free return passes to all delegates who have paid one full fare over the Old Colony R. R. or any of its branches, and delegates over other roads will make connection therewith as follows: over the Boston & Providence R. R. at Mansfield ; the N. Y. & N. E. R R. at Walpole; the Boston & Albany R. R. at South Framingham, and the Fitchburg R. R. at Fitchburg ; and as the eastern portion of the State has branches of this road running in many directions, the delegates will please consult with the railroad guides as to the best way of reaching Fall River.

The full fare from Boston to F’all River is $1.20. For further information write at once to the secretary. Very respectfully yours, •

H. H. E ASTER BROOK, Secretary, JOHN S. DAMKELL, President.

34a Washington st., Boston, Mass.


To be discussed at the Fifth Convention of the association, at Armory Hall, F’all River, October 14, 1884.

Those to whom these several topics are assigned will open the discussion with a written essay thereon or otherwise^ after which all members are privileged to express their opinions and experiences relative to the topic thus prssented.

1. Are the principles involved in the prevention, and the art and science of extinguishing fires twin brothers ? (By request.) H. L. Bixbv, Newton.

H. L. Bixby, Newton.

а. Hose wagons. What are their advantages over hose carriages ?

Abner Coleman, Taunton.

3. Monthly meetings and in drill companies. How should they be conducted to best meet the requirement which should result therefrom, and what are the requirements?

F. J. Woodbury, Leominster.

4. As this association represents all sections of this State, does the practical information gathered tend to unify the practices of extinguishing fires ?

Frederick Macy, New Bedford.

5. What is the best kind of fire apparatus for small villages ? S. J. Clarke, Medway.

б. 1 he importance of a candidate for a position in a fire department serving a sufficient term as a substitute, to show his fitness for the position before nis final appointment.

T. C. Gleason, Ware.

7. Why should a body of practical firemen representing cities and towns meet in convention annually ? W. M. Snow, Middleboro.

8. Should not the chief of department, who is required to devote his whole time to the service, be independent of all committees and responsible only to the city government ?

W. H. Turner, Boston.

9. On the best methods of supplying cities with water for fire purposes ?

•G. A. Burgess, Cottage City.

10. I he advantages of all cities having a permanently employed chief of department ?

W. F. Newman, Cambridge.

n. The telephone as a fire alarm. John Ready, Pittsfield.

12. How may engineers of fire departments be thoroughly educated in all matters relating

to their professional calling ? G. T. Fayerweather, Wcstboro.

13. The evils of social visits of fire companies, by which towns are left wholly or partially

unprotected. C. D. Stow, North Brookfield.

14 The importance of chiefs having entire control of the department, and the evils of • politics in the same. J. D. Hilliard, Provincetown.

15. As fire departments are organized for the extinguishment of fires, how does it follow

that it has any relation whatever to prevention ? John Prince, Boston.

16. What class of men are best adapted to make successful and good firemen ?

W. S. Leavitt, Milton.

17. When firemen have served ten or more years in a city’s fire department, and have become disqualified from injury or old age, should they be retired as pensioners ?

B. Early, Newton.

18. The comparative annual cost of the different kinds of leading hose now in use ?

J. C. Cave, Plymouth.

IQ. Our State association, its objects, aims and purposes. G. C. Fisk, Ashland.

20. What constitutes the desirable points of mechanism in steam fire engines as now used

W. T. Rice, Weymouth.

21. Should companies sending delegates to these conventions pav their expenses out of the

company’s treasury ? I. H. Bullard, Waltham.

22. What constitutes a thoroughly equipped department ?

J. R. Harrison, Watertown. Can their present organization be improved as founded upon the light of practical experience ? H. R. Packard, North Attleboro.

24. Hose ; its durability and reliability; its strength and care of handling.

R. W. Lawrence, Somerville.

25. On the importance of introducing fire drills in all the schools.

W. E. Heald, Lawrence.

26. What arc the essential requirements to constitute an efficient officer in a fire department? W. H. Blodgett, Merrimac.

27. Forest fires and the best mode of extinguishing the same. B. F. Crehor, Mcdfield.

JOHN S. DAMRELL,J ]. F. HINDS, W. R. SHERMAN, Committee on Topics. I. H. BULLARD. W. F. NEWMAN,

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The following arrangements have been made with railroads carrying delegates attending the Twelfth Annual Convention of our association, to be held in Chicago, Ill., commencing September 9, 1884:

*Boston and Albany, one and one-third fare.

*Baltimore and Ohio, from points east of Pittsburgh, Parkersburgh and Wheeling, West Va., one and one-third fare.

*Baltimore and Ohio, from points on lines west of Ohio river, two cents per mile each way. Chicago and Grand Trunk, One and one-third fare.

* Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh,

Chicago and Alton,

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy,

Chicago and Northwestern,

Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul,

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific,

* Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific,

Illinois Central,

* I,ake Shore and Michigan Southern,

* Louisville and Nashville,

* Michigan Central,

* New York Central,

* New York, Lake Erie and Western,

* New York, West Shore and Buffalo,

* Pennsylvania,

* Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago,

* Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis,

Wisconsin Central,

* Kankakee. Line, from Cincinnati to Chicago and return, $11.80; from other points (except Indianapolis) round trip tickets to Chicago at two cents per mile each way.

The ticket agents of the roads marked with * have furnished the secretary with round trip blank certificates, which must be secured from him to secure the benefit of reduced rates.

The ticket agents of roads without the * have furnished blank orders for return fare, which can be procured from the secretary of the convention.

The Grand Pacific Hotel has been selected as headquarters during the convention. Rate, $3 per day. HENRY A. HILLS, Secretary.


To Inventors, Manufacturers and Dealers in Fire Apparatus, Fire Department Supplies and all Pertaining to Firemen:

You are cordially invited to be present with an exhibition of your goods at our next, fifth annual convention, to be held at York, commencing September 16, 1884. All facilities will be offered for a practical exhibition of same, and suitable place for exhibitors will be provided.

Reduced rates will be extended to exhibitors, such as are offered delegates.

V. W. WUNDER, Secretary.