THE CHATTANOOGA CONVENTION.
THE EUREKA FIRE HOSE COMPANY
was represented by W. H. Payne, its Southern agent, asisted by H. H. Cypher, of New York, M. J. Burke, of Syracuse, and others. In one of the rooms in the Read house samples of the different brands of hose were shown, and the large number of delegates who visited the display were liberally entertained and presented with suitable souvenirs.
NEW DEPARTURE BELLS.
The New Departure Manufacturing company, of Bristol, Conn., manufacturers of the celebrated New Departure bells, had handsome sets of bells and gongs on view in the Read house, in charge of C. A. Hoagland. That gentleman entertained his visitors in his usual pleasant way, and presented each one with a neat silver cigar stand.
HERRON PUMP AND FOUNDRY COMPANY.
This Chattanooga concern made a fine exhibit of its hydrants, valves and waterworks goods. W. H. Hume, manager of the company, looked after the interests of the company, and entertained visitors at its headquarters in the Read house. A description of the hydrant will be given in a later issue of this paper.
R. D. WOOD & co.
This well-known firm was represented by its Western agent, Allen T. Prentice, who displayed some excellent illustrations of the Mathews hydrant, and explained its working to those wno attended the exhibit hall.
BOSTON WOVEN HOSE COMPANY.
G. C. Fiske, agent of this company, presented as a neat souvenir a rubber flesh-brush.
Other manufacturers represented were Cornelius Callahan, Canton Junction, Mass.; J. A. Weider, Syracuse, N. Y., and Charles Best, Cincinnati.
The band of the Atlanta fire department made a very favorable impression. This excellent fife and drum corps was brought to Chattanooga by Chief Joyner, and its playing and fine demeanor surprised everybody.
Chief McQuadc carried out to the letter his promise to give the delegates a good time. There was not a dull minute in the whole program. He is especially to be praised for arranging the beautiful Memorial Service.
The drive through Chickamauga park and trip to Lookout Mountain were greatly appreciated.
The Eastern excursion party of over sixty people had a very pleasant trip, by way of the Norfolk and Western Railway. The visit to the Luray caverns, Va., was very interesting.
It was unfortunate that Secretary Hills should lose a number of railway certificates and some money. The mean rascal who found and kept them is a very poor specimen of thief, seeing that the transportation could not be used, and might have been returned, even if the cash were retained.
Chief Bywater, of Salt Lake City, made a favorable impression by his speeches.
Chief Terry Owens, of Denver, Colo., was accompanied by his bride. The chief was married early in September, and with his wife he paid a visit to some of the large Eastern cities before returning home. His call at the office of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING was much enjoyed
Chief Mulcahey, of Yonkers, N. Y., carried his suggestion as to insisting on drills in public schools.
The new constitution is not much of an improvement over the old. It might be called “Instructions for Secretary.” The idea of appointing directors to audit the accounts seems funny. The business of the directors ought to be to work for larger and more entertaining conventions.
Chief Joyner was entitled to re-election. He made a very efficient presiding officer. Pity he has decided to quit the fire service. His energy and influence will be greatly missed in the association.
It might be a good plan to select a Western and an Eastern city for holding conventions, and alternate every other year. “Trips to the moon” or equally distant points will ultimately decimate the ranks of the association.
Massachusetts, Jersey and New York were well represented, the last named having only two more than the smaller N. J. State.
Now let the vicepresidents work to secure a couple of new members each from their respective States.
The success of the convention was a surprise to everyone.
Duluth has a chance to show what she can do in the way of arranging a program.
Chief Magee, of Dallas, made a grand effort for the convention, and he was beaten only because the members thought a Western city was entitled to it next year.
The splendid souvenir edition of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING issued for the occasion was much admired. Copies were eagerly sought after and stowed away for future perusal. The edition contained sixty pages and handsome red cover. 100 illustrations and portraits and twenty-four pages of interesting fire literature. The publishers of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING always perform what they promise in their special editions, and are pleased to know their efforts are appreciated.
The proprietor of the Read house treated his guests well. There was every desire to give good service, and no attempt was made at extortionate prices, the consequence was there were no kickers.
At the next convention some accommodation might well be made for the delegates to sit down while waiting to pay their dues. It is a comfortless thing to be kept standing outside a railing for a long time, when scats in a room could be easily provided. It would certainly be more hospitable.