THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
MUCH valuable time is spent and expense incurred in the work of the board of directors of the International Association of Fire Engineers as that body is at present constituted. The selection of chiefs from the most distant points in the country causes delay, inconvenience, and unnecessary expenditure of money—an expenditure which can be badly afforded, since already the balance to the credit of the association has been run down to a low figure, if it has not been wiped out, owing to the expense of transporting the members from great distances. These men should he selected from States and cities as near as possible to that of the presidential incumbent, so that inexpensive communication can be resorted to in arranging the business of the association at any time. Several chiefs have expressed favorable opinions as to the expediency of such a change being made, and, while the association is considering the question of the term of office for president at the forthcoming convention, it might be well to have this question also settled.