Kingston, Ont., June 15th, 1920.

To the Editor:

During the past few weeks a great many inquiries have reached me in connection with the coming convention of the I. A. F. E. These inquiries have covered so many questions that perhaps it might be well for me to make a general statement:

  1. 1—There is no regulation of the Canadian government which requires a person to be vaccinated before entering Canada. There was. however, up to March of the present year such a regulation of the United States Government requiring vaccination or a certificate of same before one could cross from Canada into the States.
  2. 2—No passports are required to enter Canada. It will, however, be necessary to satisfy the Canadian Immigrant Officer at the border that you are only on a visit, and do not intend to remain in Canada, and the same requirement will have to be met as regards the United States official when returning home, so that it Will be advisable to carry some identification papers with you.
  3. 3—Do not exchange your money until you reach Toronto, except what is absolutely necessary. The rate of exchange varies so much that the safest plan will be to change your money at one of the chartered banks in Toronto.
  4. 4.—The weather in July is generally delightful; seldom does the temperature rise above 90 degrees, so that it will depend from what section of the country you come from as to what clothing you will require. If you are from the South where the weather is very warm you will find that Toronto will be cool but pleasant, while if you come from the North, where cold weather is the rule, you may find that Toronto will be a warm place, and you will need your lightest clothes. There is one thing sure, no one need bring overcoats or furs with them, and no one need stop away for fear of excessive heat conditions.
  5. 5—What accommodation is there for the convention meetings and also for the exhibits? I can perhaps best answer that by saying that everyone that attended the board of directors’ meeting in Toronto last March expressed the opinion that never had a better and more complete layout been provided for holding a convention than would be available in Toronto.

Taking first the Convention Hall; this is circular in form and with the platform it is somewhat in the form of a horseshoe as regards seating, and it is so arranged that no matter in what part of the room one is sitting we are assured that a speaker can be heard distinctly, and it is of ample size to seat the largest number that may wish to attend any of the sessions. The Exhibit Hall is one of the largest buildings on the grounds, and is what is known as the Transportation Building, and during fair time is used for the exhibit of autos and motor trucks, splendidly laid out for the purposes of our exhibit, and is within 150 yards of the Convention Hall. Should such a thing take place that this building will not hold the entire exhibit, there are a number of other buildings close by that can be used for an overflow. Testing ground within 100 yards of the exhibit hall on the shore of Lake Ontario, where every piece of apparatus can be tested at once no matter how many are shown.

The grounds and buildings are permanent in character, beautifully laid out with concrete sidewallks and asphalt roads, with well-kept lawns and flower plots and at their best about the time of the convention. They are situated on the shore of Lake Ontario, with its forty-mile stretch of water and its cool breezes, making these grounds the ideal spot for a convention.

What is known as the Press Building will be opened up as a rest room for the ladies, and Chief Russell expects that one of the exhibition restaurants will be opened up so that it will be unnecessary to return downtown for meals.

Do not forget that what is known as daylight saving time is in use in Toronto, and this is one hour ahead of standard or railroad time.

The street car accommodation is of the best, and the rate of fare is as follows: The cash fare is 5 cents. Blue tickets, good at all hours except after midnight, are sold in strips six for 25 cents; white tickets, good only on Sundays, are seven for 25 cents; red or workmen’s tickets are eight for 25 cents, and good only from 5:30 A. M. to 8:00 A. M., and from 5:00 to 6:30 P. M.; yellow tickets, good at all times except on night cars, are sold twenty-five for $1.00. Night cars, from midnight till 5:30 A. M., cash fare 10c. Passengers are entitled to transfers that will take them from any point to any other point within the city, so long as they travel in a direct line. These must be procured from the conductor when paying fare. To reach the place of meeting starting from the King Edward Hotel, cars marked King Street going west will reach Dufferin Street in about fifteen minutes, and it is only a short walk from there to the grounds. It may be that a stub line service will be in operation on Dufferin Street, and if so a transfer will be required. From almost any other point in the city one transfer will be all that will be necessary to reach the grounds.

The Hotel Accommodation will be ample, but everyone cannot be accommodated at the principal hotels. If you have not already secured your own accommodation, write Chief William Russell, fire department, Toronto, Out., by return mail. Tell him what you want, what rate you are prepared to pay and leave the matter to the chief and the local committee, who will see that you are taken care of. No more reservations can be had at the King Edward Hotel, and I also understand that Chief Ringer has secured the entire accommodation, some fiftythree rooms, at the Mossop Hotel for those who will be coming from his section of the country. Another state delegation has fifty rooms, and Fred Hebert has some twenty-five rooms reserved for his party. This will give you some idea of what the convention is going to be this year, so get in touch with Chief Russell at once if you intend to be present. Also about a week before you leave home, send him word what train and when you will arrive at Toronto. Uniformed firemen will be at the station to meet and direct visitors.

By Chief Kenlon’s request, last week I went to Toronto and had a consultation with Chief Russell, Secretary Webber and George E. Thomas of the American-LaFrance Company regarding the hotel situation, and received assurance that everyone can be taken care of. I was also handed a list containing the names of 77 hotels with a room capacity of 3,038, with the rates for each. On my return home 1 have carefully gone over this list and striking out those places which by reason of distances or other causes I do not consider available for the convention. There remain 48 places with 2,362 rooms, and they are still working on another list containing the names of apartment houses and private dwellings where accommodation can be secured. Thus it is very evident that Toronto is well able to take care of our convention. Enclosed herewith you will find copy of the list of the 48 places with their rates.

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I. A. F. E. Convention Arrangements

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Personal—Owing to Secretary McFalls’ resignation a number of friends have asked if I will be a candidate for that office, presumably on account of my position as secretary of the Dominion Association of Fire Chiefs. Will you permit me to thank them and to state definitely that under no circumstances would I accept a nomination to the secretaryship, even if I was positively assured that such a nomination would mean election. My civic duties will not permit of my giving any more time. If the secretary gives the attention to the work that it requires, he will have very little time to attend to his other duties, and no man should accept a position who is not prepared to shoulder the full responsibility of his office.

Hotel Accommodation in Toronto

The following is a list of the hotels in the city of Toronto available for the use of members of the International Association of Fire Engineers and visitors to the convention of the association during the week of July 26. In this list the name and address of the hotel, the number of rooms and the rates per day are given, and also as to whether the hotel is on the American or European plan.

Aberdeen, 112 Queen St., W.—13—$1.50 per day up. European.

Adeliate, 127 Simcoe St.—20—$1.25 per day up. European.

Alexandra, 102 Queen St., W.—13—$3.00, American; $1.50, European.

Athlete, 203 Yonge St.—19—$1.50 up. European.

Bay Tree, 119 Bay St.—23—$2.00 up. European.

Boulevard, 116 Queen St., E.—14—$1.00 to $1.50. European.

Broadview, 712 Queen St., E.—20—$3.00, American; $1.50 European.

Brunswick, 481 Bloor St., W.—15—$3.00, American; $2.00, European.

Cameron, 408 Queen St., W.—15—$3.00, American; $2.00, European.

Carls-Rite, 180 Front St., W.—140—$2.75, American; $1.50 up, European.

Cecil, 1150 Queen St., W.—20—$2.50, American; $1.00 up, European.

Claremont, 732 Queen St., W.—31—$3.00, American; $1.00 up, European.

Clifton, 298 Queen St., W.—2+—$2.50, American; $1.00 up, European.

Dominion, 500 Queen St., E.—19—$2.50, American; $1.00 up, European.

Duke of Connaught, 458 Queen St., W.—12—$2.50, American; $1.00 up, European.

Edwin, 650 Queen St., E.—13—$3.00, American; $1.00 up, European.

Elliott House, 177 Church St.—58—$3.50 to $4.00, American; $2.00 up, European.

Empress, 339 Yonge St.,—65—$1.50 to $3.00, European.

Florence, 30 King St., W.—12—$1.50 to $2.00, European.

Gerrard. 399 Parliament St.—21—$2.50 to $3.00. American; $1.50 up, European.

Gladstone, 1214 Queen St. W.—60—$1.25 up, European.

Grand Central, 57 Simcoe St.—40—$3.00, American; $1.00 up, European.

Iroquois. 141 Queen St., W.—80—$3.00, American; $1.50 up, European.

King Edward, 37 King St., E.—397-—$2.50 to $5.00, European.

Lennox, 831 Yonge St.—12—$2.50, American; $1.00. European.

Macfarlane’s, 101 Jarvis Street—70—$2.50, American; $1.00, European.

Marlborough, 214 Jarvis St.—70—$4.00, American, $1.50 up, European.

Mossop, 56 Yonge St.—53—$2.50 up, European.

New Albion, 39 Jarvis St.—45—$2.50, American; $1.00 up, European.

New Windsor, 124 Church St.—18—$1.25 up, European.

Ocean House, 1641 Queen St., WV—28—$1.00 up, European.

Parkdale, 1302 Queen St., W.—23—$3.00, American; $1.50 European.

Prince George, 91 York St.—175—$2.00 up, European.

Queens, 80 Front St., W.—180—$2.00 up, European.

Rosedale. 1145 Yonge St.—40—$3.00, American, $1.50, European.

Rupert, 344 Queen St., E.—40—$2.50, American; $1.00 up, European.

St. Regis, 392 Sherbourne St.—76—$10.00 to $12.00 per week, single, $15.00 per week, double, European.

Savoy, 60 York St. —23—$3.00, American; $1.50, European.

Selby, 592 Sherbourne St.—65—$1.50 to $3.00, European.

Simcoe. 205 Queen St., W.—19—$3.50, American; $1.50, European.

Somerset, 434 Church St.—14—$1.50 to $2.00. European.

Spadina, 460 King St., W.—60—$2.50, American; $1.00 up, European.

Walker House, 121 Front St., W.—142—$3.00 to $4.00, American; $1.50 to $3.00, European.

Waverly, 488 Spadina Ave.—40—$2.00 to $3.00, European.

Westminster, 240 Jarvis St.—100—$2.50 up, European.

Widmer, 140 Bay St.—12—$2.00, American; $1.50 up, European.

Winchester, 537 Parliament St.—23—$2.50 American; $1.50, European.

York, 187 King St., E.—16—$2.00, American; $1.00, European.

Forty-eight places, with 2,362 rooms. Local committee also securing names of large apartment houses and private dwellings, where accommodation can be had and also the rates for same. Would strongly advise those who intend to be at the convention and have not yet secured reservation that they at once .write to Chief William Russell, fire department, Toronto, Ont., stating what accommodation they will require and also rates they are willing to pay, and the local committee then can assign them to the best possible advantage.

Trusting that the above information may answer some of the questions that have been asked, and that all may be assured of a splendid time in Toronto, I remain

Sincerely and Fraternally Yours,

JAMES ARMSTRONG, Director I. A. F. E.,

Chief Fire Department, Kingston, Ont,. Can.

Unique Fire Prevention Tour

A unique fire prevention tour has been planned by C. Louis Allen, president of the Allen Corporation, New York City, who started on a trip by automobile from New York on May 12 last. Mr. Allen will cross the continent, the objective point being San Francisco, Cal. En route he will stop at many points, visiting the principal cities and talking Fire Prevention at every point. He will especially address the Kiwanis Clubs wherever such organizations exist in the cities which he will visit, and use his influence to interest these societies on the subject of Fire Prevention.


June 22-23—NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATION OP FIRE CHIEFS. Annual convention, Geneva, N. Y. Secretary. Chief Henry R. Yates, Schenectady. N. Y.

June 22-25—SOUTH DAKOTA FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Annual convention, Hot Springs, S. Dak. Secretary, A. I. Oldlng. Redfield, S. Dak.

June 28-29—CENTRAL NEW YORK VOLUNTEER FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Annual convention, Ithaca, N. Y. Secretary. Mil wood Fitch, Moravia, N. Y.

July 1-4—LOUISIANA STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Fifteenth annual convention, Houma, La. Secretary, Charles A Riviere, Thibodaux, La.

J uly 3—NEW ENGLAND STATES VETERAN FIREMEN’S LEAGUE. Annual Muster, Portland, Me. Secretary, Patrick Manning, 31 Highland Street, Amesbury, Mass.

July 6-8—CONFERENCE OF MAYORS AND CITY OFFICIALS, STATE OF NEW YORK. Annual conference, Jamestown. N. Y Secretary, William P. Capes, 25 Washington Ave., Albany, N. Y.

July 13-15—MICHIGAN STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Annual Convention, Bay City, Mich. Secretary, H. L. Williams. Ludington, Mich.

July 22-24—MONTANA STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Annual convention. Roundup, Montana. Secretary, D E Moser Bozeman, Mont.

July 26-30—INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE ENGINEERS. Forty-eighth annual convention at Toronto, Ont., Can. President, Chief John Kenlon, New York City.

Aug. 3-7—DOMINION ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS. Annual convention, St. Thomas, Ont., Can. Secretary, Chief James Armstrong, Kingston, Ont.

Aug. 11-12—INDIANA FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Third annual convention, Fort Wayne, Ind. Secretary, Frank H. Miller, Fire Headquarters. Terre Haute, Ind.

Aug. 16-20—NEW YORK STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Forty-eighth annual convention. Glens Falls, N. Y. Secretary, Thomas Honohan, Frankfort, N. Y

Aug 19-21—ILLINOIS FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Annual Tournament, State Fair Grounds, Springfield, Ill. Secretary, Albert Herring. Murphysboro, Ill. Director of Tournament. Simon Kellermann, Edwardsville.

Sept. 7-8—CONNECTICUT STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Thirty-seventh annual convention, Kennedy Hall, 460 Main Street, Hartford, Conn. Secretary, R. V. Magee, Watertown, Conn.

Sept. 13-16—PACIFIC COAST ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS. Twenty-seventh annual convention, Los Angeles, Cal. Secretary, Ex-Chief H. W. Bringhurst, Seattle, Wash.

September 16-18—KENTUCKY FIRE CHIEFS’ ASSOCIATION. Second annual convention, Louisville, Ky. Secretary, Edward M. Hite, Lexington, Ky.

Oct. 4-6—KANSAS STATE ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS. Fourth annual meeting, Hutchinson, Kan. Secretary, K. D. Doyle, Wamego, Kan.

Oct. 5-6—KANSAS STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Thirtythird annual convention, Hutchinson, Kan. Secretary, K D Doyle. Wamego, Kan.

October 5-7—THE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. Annual convention, Allentown. Pa. Secretary, Charles E. Clark, Wayne. Pa.

Oct. 12-15. 1920—AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MUNICIPAL IMPROVEMENTS. Annual convention, Planters’ Hotel, St. Louis, Mo. Secretary. Chas. Carroll Brown, Valparaiso, Ind.

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