Texas State Firemen in Convention.
The Texas State Firemen’s association has just concluded a three-days’ convention at Waco where it was originally organised thirty-three years ago. The officers for the year were the following: President, T. A. Bledsoe, Abilene; first vicepresident, M. L. A. Andrews, Navasota; second vicepresident, Lee D. Wilson, Waco; third vicepresident, J. C. House, E1 Paso; fourth vicepresident, W. T. Hunt, Dublin; secretary, J. Ed Schmitz, Denton; treasurer, James L. Storey, Lockhart. The attendance was very large and many of the delegates showed their interest in the success of the association by coming very long distances in order to be present. One pleasing feature in the gathering was the presence of several ladies as sponsors. President Bledsoe was unfortunately prevented from attending the convention, and his place was taken by First Vicepresident Andrews. The meeting was preceded by a fine parade in which the entire Waco fire department, under Chief A. M. Prescott, turned out with its apparatus. They made a very fine appearance and added greatly to the success of the show. The convention met in the Majestic theatre, which was tastefully decorated for the occasion. The proceedings were opened with prayer by the Rev. E. E. Ingram. Addresses of welcome were made by G. J. Winter, for the mayor, and Attorney P. M Neff, in behalf of the firemen of Waco. Responses were made by former President Perry Hawkins, of Taylor and Vicepresident Andrews, of Navasota. Miss Bessie Sparks, sponsor of the Waco fire department also extended a prettily worded and appropriate welcome to the delegates. The topics to be discussed were of a thoroughly practical nature theoretical and academical subjects were ignored, as were, also, the well worn and destroyed questions that so often do duty at such conventions. They dealt with live matters which were ably treated by those intrusted with their handling. I hey were as follows: Topic No. I.—Settling ladders, their efficiency in saving life, and otherwise. Sherman. Topic No. 2.—Burning buildings converted into gas retorts. Austin. Topic No. 3.—The steam fire engine as an indispensable necessity in a fire department for cities. Waco. Topic No. 4.—The comfort of our firemen while on duty in severe weather. Georgetown. Topic No. 5.—The duties and responsibilities of delegates, attending our annual conventions, to the lire departments they represent. Marlin. Topic No. 6. Should a standard hose thread be established by law and its use made compulsory? McKinney. Topic No. 7.—The best appliances for lire protection in small towns. Hico. Topic No. 8.—The establishment, equipment and maintenance ot lire departments in cities of from 5,000 to 10,000 population. Amarillo and Taylor. Topic No. 9.—Fire-drills for our schools and fireescapes for all school buildings two stories or more in height. El Paso and Temple. Resolutions were adopted for promoting fire protection and requiring standard hose-thread to be used exclusively; urging the association of every Texas volunteer fireman to have the ;mtipass bill so amended as to admit of the railway companies of the State issuing free transportation or transportation at nominal rate to the members of the association and to have the bill replaced, so far as it affects the association. The officers elected to serve during the ensuing year were as follows: President, M. Q. O. Andrews, Navasota; first vicepresidcnt, i.ee D. Wilson, Waco; second vicepresident, J. G. House. El Paso; third vicepresident, W. T. Hunt, Dublin; fourth vicepresident, John McKinney, McKinney; secretary, J. Ed. Schmitz, Denton; corresponding secretary, Phil. Walker, Litling; treasurer, J. L. Storey, Lockhart. The treasurer’s report showed a balance of $1,433.03. with a total expenditure of $903.89. Gainesville was chosen as the next place of meeting.