The National Association of Fire Engineers.

The National Association of Fire Engineers.

[SPECIAL TO FIRE AND WATER.]

LOUISVILLE, OCT. 4, 1892.—What promises to be one of the most successful conventions yet held by the National Association of Fire Engineers opened on Tuesday morning under the most favorable auspices. The weather is as warm as July, and the arrangements for the accommodation of visitors by Chief Hughes are very complete. Chief engineers from all the large cities are present excepting some of the Western points, and there is more enthusiasm manifested in the proceedings than perhaps is usual on such occasions. The attendance, too, is larger than usual, the estimate at present being about 300 delegates.

The members of the association assembled at the Louisville Hotel at 9 A. M. this morning and marched to the city building, where an address of welcome was made by the Mayor, and several short speeches were delivered by prominent members. The other proceedings consisted of appointing committees and a visit to the New Gaynor Electric Company’s works. The exhibits are large, several of the principal manufacturers having excelled their previous efforts in this direction, notably the Gamewell Fire Alarm Company. Wednesday was the principal day of the convention, nearly the whole day being devoted to business, President Leshure being determined to get through with the material part of the programme before partaking of the immaterial. There is no doubt but that the convention must be classed as one of, if not the best, in the history of the association. I will send you a full report for next week. F. W. S.

The National Association of Fire Engineers.

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The National Association of Fire Engineers.

The following call has been issued by the executive committee of the association:

CINCINNATI, O., June 10, 1890.

The eighteenth annual convention of the National Association of Fire Engineers will be held in the city of Detroit, Mich., commencing Tuesday, August 19, 1890.

The chief officer, representative of each fire department, and superintendent of insurance and fire patrol in the United States and Canada is cordially invited to attend.

Special invitations to boards of fire commissioners and representatives of insurance companies to be present.

Inventors and manufacturers of improved apparatus for the extinguishment of fires, and fire escape apparatus, will be afforded every facility for the exhibition of their several inventions.

John Lindsay, St. Louis, Mo.; D. J. Swenie, Chicago, Ill.; J. W. Dickenson, Cleveland, O.; M. E. Higgins, Albany, N. Y.; Edward Grill, New Albany, Ind.; Thomas Wilkinson. Dallas, Tex.; L. A Bently, Eaton Rapids, Mich., executive committee. D. C. Larkin, treasurer, Dayton, O.; George C. Hale, president, Kansas City, Mo.; Henry A. Hills, secretary.

FIREMAN OF THE SOUTHWEST—The annual convention and tournament of the Southwestern Firemen’s Association which took place at Fort Scott, Kan., last week was a most successful affair. The fire departments of about twenty-five of the leading cities of Kansas and western Missouri as well as several of Arkansas and the Indian Territory were represented. Among them those of the principal were Booneville, Mo.; Cameron, Mo.; Carrolton, Mo.; Carthage, Mo.; Chillicothe, Mo.; Clinton, Mo.; Columbus, Kan.; Fayetteville, Ark.; Fort Scott, Kan.; Fort Smith, Ark; Holden. Mo.; Joplin, Mo.; Liberal, Mo.; Lexington, Mo.; Little Rock, Ark.; Louisiana, Mo.; Nevada, Mo.; Newport, Ark.; Ottawa, Parsons, Kan,; Pierce City, Mo.; Pittsburg, Kan.; Rich Hill, Mo.; and Springfield, Mo. From the summary of the work of the department computed by Inspector-General H. V. Phillips, we learn that there were 261 fires between May 15, 1888, and May 15, 1889, the total loss being $419,284; on which there was insurance amounting to $424,876. The supplies, salaries, etc., paid for by the cities named is $31,231, which was paid by a population of 276,200. The total number of firemen in these departments is 1030, the average attendance at fires being 644.