The Coming New York State Firemen’s Convention.
At a meeting of the executive committee of the State Firemen’s Association at Albany. April 15, the question of accommodations for the firemen at Plattsburgh at the State convention in August was considered. President George W. Irish said his attention had been invited to a statement published in The Albany Argus to the effect that adequate accommodations could not be provided at Plattsburgh. The committee was addressed by William Pattison, secretary of the citizens association of Plattsburgh, who stated that the arrangements for entertaining the firemen were in charge of representative citizens, including Smith M. Weed, and that the citizens of Plattsburgh are responding liberally, and prizes aggregating $1500 will be offered. General Passenger Agent Burdick of the Delaware and Hudson Company was present, and he assured the committee that there would be no difficulty in securing ample transportation facilities. A committee of three— President Irish, chairman ; F. B. Hull of Fort Edward and Alexander Wiltsie of Castleton—was appointed to visit Plattsburgh and, if satisfied that the accommodations will be sufficient, to notify the companies of the association that the convention will be held at Plattsburgh.
THE United States delegates to the approaching Maritime Conference met at the Department of State in Washington recently for the purposes of consultation and arranging a programme for the conduct of the conference. Rear-Admiral Franklin presided. Among the subjects presented as proper for discussion at the conference were the following : Maritimesignals and other means of indicating the movements of vessels in fogs ; rules for the prevention of collision ; life-saving devices ; reporting, marking and removing wrecks and obstructions to navigation ; warning of approaching storms ; notices of danger to navigation ; notices of changes in lights, buoys, etc.; fixing safe load line of vessels; night signals; uniform system of buoys ; lanes for steamers in frequented routes ; the establishment of a permanent international shipping commission ; regulations for determining the seaworthiness of vessels, etc. _