The American Water Works Association Convention
(Special Dispatch to FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.)
With satisfactory weather, keen interest displayed, admirable arrangements by the local committees to render the visit of the delegates an enjoyable one and preliminary work thoroughly performed by the officers of the association, the outlook for a decidedly successful convention of the American Water Works Association is of the best. That the attendance would be a large one was indicated by the numbers of delegates who arrived early. The New York delegation was a large one and the members had a pleasant trip. On Monday many familiar faces were to be seen around the corridors of the Planters Hotel and in the Exhibit Hall, which is the official visiting and lounging place. Water Commissioner Edward E. Wall, chairman of the local committee of arrangements was early in evidence, greeting the members of the association as they arrived. President Leisen, however, up to the time of sending this dispatch, had not arrived. There are such a number as well as variety of papers and special committee reports to be presented that this fact together with the business sessions may well require, especially if the discussions are long, that some of the papers may have to be read by the title and ordered printed in the proceedings. The popular secretary, John M. Diven, is as alert as ever and is still attending to his many and onerous duties, assisted by his able and experienced assistant, Miss Edgley. Secretary Diven was early at his post, his office being opened for registration at 8 a. m. and the line of those registering was a steady and long one. Treasurer James M. Caird was likewise busy, looking steadfastly after the flow of currency coming his way. Two others who are notably busy are F. B. Leopold, chairman of the entertainment committee of the Manufacturers’ Association, and Chairman B. B. Hodgman of that association’s exhibit committee. It was not to be expected, because of the difficulties in the way of transportation of goods, that the exhibits of water works supplies and appliances would be as extensive as in other years, but such as are displayed are of substantial interest and receive close attention. The exhibits are of great interest in themselves and are displayed to the best advantage possible in the hall. A large number of manufacturers and representatives are present, insuring the best and most intelligent service to those interested in their goods. The entertainment end of the convention contains much that is bound to afford great pleasure to the members and to the ladies. Mrs. Edward E. Wall is chairman of the ladies’ reception committee and Mrs. T. C. Clifford is chairman of the ladies’ entertainment committee of the Manufacturers’ Association, while Charles R. Wood is as usual the efficient chairman of the golf committee. The golf tournament this afternoon is bound to be one of the notably successful features of the entertainment program. The principal event of last evening was the cordial address of welcome made to the delegates by the Hon. H. W. Keil. the mayor of St. Louis, and another event that was gratefully appreciated was the informal reception and dance at the Planters Hotel, given by courtesy of the local entertainment committee. This was attended by large numbers and proved a thoroughly successful affair, affording an opportunity for old friends to renew acquaintance. The superintendents’ day is being looked forward to as one of the substantial events of interest of the convention, giving, as it will, opportunity for discussion of methods employed in the operation of plants by practical water works men. Just a word about FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. The special souvenir edition has been pronounced a great success and the copies on display in the exhibit room were eagerly looked for when the hall opened. It is a genuine souvenir edition and its popular features have not failed to prove a great attraction, and the favorable comments give assurance the journal continues to be acknowledged as holding its leading position in the water works field. One of the subjects under discussion is naturally the place for holding next year’s convention, and while a number of cities are all coming in for good words, there seems to be a very strong sentiment in favor of Buffalo, N. Y. The selection is slated to be made at the morning session tomorrow.
The delegation starting from New York City, on Saturday afternoon included Irving A. Rowe and J. S. Warde, Jr., of the Rensselaer Valve Company; S. D. Higley and J. Atwell, of the Thomson Meter Company; George A. Johnson, consulting hydraulic engineer; Allan W. Cuddeback, of Paterson, N. J.; Superintendent and Mrs. Alvin Bugbee, of Trenton, N. J.; W. H. Van Winkle, Jr., of the Water Works Equipment Company; representatives of the A. P. Smith Manufacturing Company; J. A. Kenle and party, representing the ElectroBleaching Gas Company; N. M. Borden, of the Simplex Valve and Meter Company; E. M. Hoopes, Jr., city engineer of Wilmington, Del.; S. M. Van Trump, engineer of water works, Wilmington, Del.; M. F. Tiernan, of the Wallace & Tiernan Company; Arthur Crane, of the New York Continental Jewell Filtration Company; D. T. Purdie, of the Builders Iron Foundry; Water Commissioner George W. Batchelder, of Worcester, Mass.; F. Kemble, of the New Rochelle, N. Y., Water Company; P. Tilden, of the Harrison Works, Philadelphia; I. S. Holbrook, of New York; M. M. Baker, of New York; Richard E. Brown, of New York, and a representative of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. The Pittsburgh delegation left that city on Sunday afternoon, arriving in St. Louis on Monday morning.