THE MANISTEE CONVENTION.
The Michigan State Firemen’s Association has just held its twenty-first annual convention at Manistee. There was a good attendance of delegates—twenty-seven cities and towns being represented. The topics discussed were many and full of interest to firemen. They were as follows:
(1) What inducements are there to young men to become members of part paid fire departments other than the small salaries received ? A. H. Stevenson, Paw Paw, and Chief Murphy, Lapeer; (2) How can we increase the interest of our citizens in our fire departments? Chief Critch, of St. Johns, and B. R. Clemant of Carson City. (3) Should not fire insurance companies help to sustain fire departments? Assistant Chief Brown, of Alma (affirmative). O. F. Johnson, of Ithaca (negative). (4) What steps should be taken to interest chiefs and members of fire departments in our State association? Col. Pond. (5) As the chief of the fire department is held responsible for the work performed, should he nor have the selection of the material to be used and the selection of officers and men ? General discussion. (6) The importance of close cooperation between insurance companies and the heads of the fire departments, particularly as to ascertaining the cause of fires before adjustments are made. (7) The best mode of organization and the most effective system of discipline for fire departments; also the importance of separating tre department from politics. General discussion. (8) The danger of gasolene machines and the necessary precautions to regulate the same. (9) How to fight lumber fires. (10) The proper way to fight fires in attics and cellars. Topics 5-10 not assigned; subjects of general discussion. The officers elected for the ensuing year were as follows: President, Daniel Horn Kohl Manistee; first vice-president, Captain T. E. Hogan, Detroit; second vice-president, E. A. Brown, Grand Rapids; secretary and treasurer, George Gray, Lapeer; statistician, W. T. Sterling, Eaton Rapids. Former Chief Crawford, of Benton Harbor, attended in behalf of Samuel Eastman & Co., and the Boston Eelting Company. Hospitality was the order of the day in Manistee, while the convention was in session.