Texas State Association.
(From Our Regular Correspondent.)
The annual convention of the Texas State Firemen’s Association, which has just been completed here, was one of the best attended and most enthusiastic in its career. A great amount of business and pleasure had been arranged and between the two the boys were kept busy for one week at least.
President Connor was on the scene early, and so were also the remaining officers. The first day was devoted to organizing and getting into shape. On the second day business was begun by the introduction of a flood of resolutions, all of which were referred.
Treasurer James L. Strong of Lockhart made his report on the subject of the monumental fund, stating that the fund had increased from $1650 to $3500, and was now safely invested. Dr. Pitt S. Turner of Belton chairman of the monumental committee, made an eloquent appeal to the firemen for the continuance and support of this enterprise. He reviewed the history of the association during its eighteen years of existence, and held that the erection of a suitable monument to the memory of its dead heroes was incumbent on it. He recited the various vicissitudes through which the monument fund had gone, but held that it was a common bond of union between all the fire departments in the State, and had for its end a purpose so laudable and noble that it should receive earnest and hearty support. The appeal certainly struck the right end in the firemen’s hearts, for such a volley of contributions were hurled at the chair that they could hardly be counted.
The report of the delegate to the National Firemen’s Convention. Don B. Adams, was read and ordered spread upon the journal.
Treasurer Storey announced that the result of the contributions made on the floor amounted to $2,100.75. As only $1500 was needed the announcement was received with much applause, and it is probable that the monument will be erected in the capitol grounds here this year.
On behalf of Phil C. Clark, a representative of the Gutta Percha Manufacturing Company of New York, Vice-President Kane presented to the association a handsome silver water pitcher, which President Connor received with happy pleasantries, complimentary to the donor and rather detrimental to the need for water on the part of the average president of the Firemen’s Association.
In the afternoon the question of sending delegates to the firemen’s tournament at the World’s Fair was first discussed, but was not settled.
The committee on topic No. 2, referred to the Waco Department, reported that they did not recommend the suggestion that police powers be conferred generally upon the fire departments in cases of fires, but recommend such authority be vested in three members of each company, the firemen selecting them. Adopted. They further recommend the use of rubber hose where durability is desired, and cotton hose for lightness and flexibility.
At four o’clock an excursion train of cars carried a large crowd of (he visiting firemen up to the dam, where steamboats took them up the river for several miles, one of the finest trips possible in the South.
The committee on topics presented the following subjects for the consideration of the nexl annual convention :
Topic one—Should the State Firemen’s Association recommend to the city councils the purchase of chemical engines ? This topic was assigned to the Belton Department.
Two—Does the increased atea add to the difficulty in controlling cotton fires? Is the chance for salvage best when piled compact in small space, or when headed over a large area ? Assigned to the Denton Department.
Three—What number of streams through 2 J^-inch hose may be supplied from 2-inch mains, 4-inch mains, 6-ioch mains, and so on, due consideration being given to pressure ? Assigned to Gainesville Department.
Four—What material is best for roofing? Tile, slate, corrugated iron, tin or gravel, giving due consideration to capacity of each to retain fire in buildings, longest to the easiest of cutting through if necessary, as well as other advantages to firemen. Assigned to McKinney Department.
Five—Does the valued policy law, which gives the assured, in case of total destruction, the full amount of his policy, even if the property is not worth half the amount, tend to decrease fires, or is it incentive to incendiaries ? Assigned to Sherman Department.
Six—Is it the duty of fire departments to go beyond the city limit to save property ? Assigned to Temple Department.
Seven—Should the State Firemen’s Association recommend to the authorities of cities and towns the passage of ordinances governing the erection of buildings, compelling the building of fire walls and the exercise of great care in the construction of flues and the appointment of building inspectors? Assigned to Vernon Department.
After the return of the boys from the lake they found the town had been turned over to them, and they at once took possession, continuing to turn it over until early next morning. As a consequence, nearly all hands were late in assembling at the convention, and many found themselves fined $1 by that strict disciplinarian, President Connor. When they did arrive, they paid the fine, rather than have the matter reported to their home companies.
The report of the committee recommending that the constitution be amended so as to provide for a permanent committee on resolutions, was adopted. The recommendation of a constitutional amendment providing that a man must be a vicepresident before he can be elected president, and that no man shall hold office for more than two terms in succession, was adopted only as to the second provision.
The recommendation of a further amendment, making any member eligible for vice-president and limiting his hold of office to two successive terms was rejected as useless. A resolution against reduction of representation was adopted, as was also one to continue the publication of reports in its annual form. Dr. Turner of Belton, chairman of the monument committee, reported that after considering all night over the plans offered by Morris Brothers of Memphis, Tenn., the Austin Marble Works and Gooch & Co. of Waco they had agreed upon the first; the monument to be of Texas granite and to cost $5000. The figures of all three bidders were the same. Gooch & Co. were given the contract.
The treasury reported a balance to the credit of the general fund of $467.89. Total cash to credit of monument fund, $2,623 53Total monument fund paid and unpaid, $5,572.53.
Nominations for president being in order, Judge E. R. Kline of San Marcos and E. E. Taylor of Georgetown were nominated without speeches. The first ballot resulted in a tie vote; the second ballot gave Mr. Taylor seventy-seven and Judge Kline seventy-three votes.
The remaining officers elected were : John Julien, vicepresident ; J. L. Hovey, treasurer ; Stuart Harrison, secretary. Fort Worth was selected for the next convention,
AUSTIN, TEX., May 13.