THE CONVENTION TO BE HELD IN CHICAGO.
As tentatively announced in an interview with a representative of this journal by Marshal James McFall, secretary of the association, in last week’s issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, it has been decided to hold the next convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers in the city of Chicago, Ill., on June 4, 5 and 6. This decision, as announced in our reading columns, will undoubtedly prove a very wise move on the part of the officers and directors of the association. The subject of holding the convention has passed beyond the stage when it is still a question of policy. Looked at from any standpoint, there is no doubt of the wisdom of holding the meeting. Two years have nearly elapsed since the International Association of Fire Engineers held its last meeting in Providence, and the many problems that have arisen in the meantime and their consideration alone are arguments enough for holding the gathering. So the question resolved itself into the selection of the most suitable time to hold the convention and the city best adapted to the convenience of the members. Such a city should, it was recognized, be a railroad center, especially in consideration of the congested condition of the transportation by rail that exists, it should be a city of some size to accommodate the visitors and their families, and it should lie geographically so that it is fairly accessible from all points of the country. It is probable that this convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers will be one of the largest, and probable the largest, in the history of the organization. It was therefore very necessary to choose a point of meeting that would be acceptable to the majority of those who wished to attend. The interest already exhibited in the coming meeting from all sections of the country gives indication that the convention in Chicago will undoubtedly be the largest ever held by the association.