The following is the list of topics selected for discussion at the next Convention and the Committees to which they have been assigned. The Convention will meet at Cincinnati on the third Tuesday in September.

No. 1.—Ought the Association, in Appointing Committees at Conventions, Require Them to Make Reports as to the Merits and Demerits of Articles on Exhibition?

Samuel S. Collyer, Pawtucket, R. I.; J. R. Hopkins, Somerville, Mass.; Isaac B. Hyatt, Meriden, Conn.; A. L. Holmes, Grand Haven, Mich.; R. L. Saunders, Jackson, Miss.

No. 2.—What is the Best Plan For Fire Escape? Movable or Stationaty ? If Stationary, Should City Authorities Command Their Erection ?

11. Clav Sexton, St. Louts, Mo.; Thomas O’Conner, New Orleans, La.; I). E. Benedict, Newark, N. J.; J. J. Galligan, Omaha, Neb.

No. 3. Are Well Drilled Pompier Corps Necessary Adjuncts to all Well Organized Fire Departments in Large Cities?

H. Clay Sextan, St. Louis, Mo.; I). J. Swcnie, Chicago, III.; Jos. Bunker, Cincinnati, O.; W. M. Brackett, Minneapolis, Minn.

No. 4.—Spontaneous Combustion, continued.

Clras. T. Holloway, Baltimore; Wm. Stockell, Nashville, Tcnn.; S. G. Tazewell, Wilmington, Del.

No. 5.—Suggest the Best Plan to Obviate or Decrease the Breaking of Axlctrees of Fire Apparatus While Responding to Alarms of Fires ?

John A. Bennett, Cleveland, O.; Thos. B. French, Buffalo, N. Y.; Mattin Cronin, Washington, D. C.; J. J. Van Riper, Jersey City, N. J.

No. 6.—Are Instrrance Companies Benefited by Salvage Corps and Fire Patrol? If so, Should they Ire Handled by the Police or Fire Departments? Give reasons.

B. B. Bullwinkle, Chicago, Ill ; Francis J. Meeker, Newark, N. J.; Henry lleinmiller, Columbus, O.; Thomas J. Hough, Malden, Mass No. 7.—Is it Important for all Railroad Companies, Large Manufacturing Establisments and Hotels to Have Well Drilled Corps of Men From Among Their Employees Prepared for any Emergency in Case of Fire? Give reasons with plans.

Wm. H. Johnson, Philadelphia, Pa.; B. F. Bigelow, Holyoke, Mass.; W. S. Bird, Tarrytown, N. Y.; S. S. Elfreth, Camden, N. J.; C. W. Berry. Watertown, Mass.

No. S.—How Can Politics be Separated From Fire Service?

O. N. Crane, Canandaigua, N. Y.; Thos. O. Hill, Medford, Mass.; Geo. C. Fager, Harrisburg, Pa.; Wm. Nixon, Newburgh, N. Y.; H. Holland, Amherst, Mass.

No. 9.—Steam Fire Engines; What Capacity for the Most Effective Service in Large Cities?

D. J. Swcnie, Chicago, III.; Eli Bates, New York City; Jas. Mcyuade, Albany, N. Y.; II. P. Philips, New Orleans, La.

No. 10.—What is the Most Desirable Apparatus for Small Villages and Cities?

B. Bryson McCool, Pottsville, Pa.; Jno. G. Avery,Toledo. O.; W. H. Mason, Battle Creek. Mich.; S. A. Moore. New Britain, Conn.

No. ir.—Is it the Legal Duty of Fire Departments to Save Life at Fires and Permit Property to be Consumed While so Doing, or Should a City Maintain a Properly Equipped Body of Men for this Special Purpose ?

Oliver E. Greene, Providence, It. L; A. C. Hendrick, New Haven, Conn.; C. H. Parks, Waltham, Mass.; F. E. Skeldiog, Stamford, Conn.

No. 12.—Would not One-half the Premiums for Insurance, if Applied to Equipping and Maintaining a Fire Department, Make Fires Almost Impossible, Especially Incendiary?

Henry J. Eaton, Hartford, Conn.; J. F. Deatrick, Defiance, O.; Jno. G. Pendergast, Indianapolis, Ind.; S. C. [Brown, Fair Ilavcn, Conn.; Samuel Hammond, Medway, Mass.

No. 13.—Are Fire Deparments Detrimental to the Interests of Insurance Companies? Do they not Make More Monty Where There is no Fire Department Than Where They are Well Protected by a Well Organized Fire Brigade?

J. I). Paige, Joliet, III.; W. K. Hollingsworth, F.vansvillc, Ind.; Frank M. Smith, Norwalk, Conn.; E. S. Hosmer, Lowell, Mass.; Edward L. Lane, Gloucester, Mass.

No. 14.—Ought the Topics to be Discussed Orally or Written? If Orally. Should Others Than Those to Whom They are Assigned be Permitted to Speak? If so, Should They be Limited as to Time.

A. P. Leshure, Springfield, Mass.; T. L. Worthly, Long Branch, N. J.; Jno. G. Kurtz, Milton, Pa.; C. K. Talbot, Billerica. Mass.

No. t5.—Should Correspondence be Invited From Those who are Not Members of This Association, When it is Known that the Parties can Give Valuable Information on Subjects Connected with Fire Departments?

I. D. Hilliard, Provincetown, Mass.; F. M. Pronk, Middletown, N.Y.; Geo, W. Warsop, Oswego, N. Y.; Chas. Crook, Newton, N. J.; A. C. Moody, Lynn, Mass.

No. 16. Which System of Water Works is the Most Reliable ; the Direct Pressure, Reservoir, or Stand-pipe System? Please give reasons.

Thos. F. Nevins, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Law. S. Gibson, Rochester, N. Y.; Geo. Worrell, Woonsocket, R. I.; Samuel Hutchins, Chelsea, Mass.; C. Littlefield, Woburn, Mass.

No. t7. What is the Most Approved Heaters for Steam Fire Engines? Thos. J. Casey, Cambridge, Mass.; Edward Hughes, Louisville, Ky.; Ira Wood, Syracuse, N. Y.; Andrew J. Smith, New Brunswick, N. J.; R. Eugene Kinney, South Norwalk, Conn.

No. 18.—What Size Hose is Best Adapted for Cities Having High Buildings, Where High Pressure is Required in Reaching Fires in the Upper Stories ?

II. Clay Sexton, St Louis, Mo.; S. E. Combs, Worcester, Mass.; J. M. llennick, Baltimore, Md.; Oliver E. Greene, Providence, R. I.

No. tq.—What Style of Nozzle is Best Adapted for Fire Service ?

Martin Cronin, Washington, D. C.; James Battle, Detroit, Mich.; Isaac Atkins, Marblehead, Mass.; A. R. Cahill, Bath, Me.; W. B. Thomas, New London, Conn.

No. 20.—Arc Chemical Engines Necessary to the Proper Equipment of Fire Departments to Make Them More Efficient ; if so, in What Proportion to Steam Engines Should They be Supplied?

Wm. A. Greene, Boston, Mass.; D. J. Swenie,[Chicago, III.; J. R. Cantlin, Philadelphia, Pa.; S. A. Hatvey. Waltham, Mass.; Geo. Reed, Fitchburg, Mass.

No. 31.-— Is it Important That Inspectors Should be Appointed in all Growing Cities, Whose Duties it Should be to Inspect kall Plans and Specifications of all Buildings, and Sec that Proper Material is Used in Their Construction, also That all Flues are Properly Arranged and Timbers Made Secure from Fire?

Wm. Stockell, Nashville, Tentt.; S. N. Evans, Pittsburg, Pa.; Levi I. De Land, Fairport, N. Y.; John Bawden, Freehold, N. J.

No. 32.—Is it Important That all Paid Fire Departments Should be Divested of all Political Influences, save to Exercise the Privilege of Elective Franchise; Should Stringent Rules be Made for that Purpose ? If so, give reasons.

Geo. W. Taylor, Richmond, Va.; D. E. Benedict, Newark, N. J.; W.

H. Glore, Covington, Ky.; Frank Blair, Savannah, Ga.

No. 23..Ought Not the Authorities Who Control City Affairs (and Who

Should be the Guardians of the Lives and Property of the People) be Held Individually Responsible Where They Neglect to Provide Proper Protection From Fire?

Thos. O’Neill, Kalamazoo. Mich.; Wm. Dalton, Chester, Pa; John Baulch, Fortress Monroe, Va.; Joseph Swan, Everett Mass.

No. 24.—On the Importance of Our City Papers Occasionally Sounding Out Notes of Warning and Caution in Regard to the Dangers from Spontaneous Combustion.

B. Bryon McCool, Pottsville, Pa. ; Geo. E. JJones, [Oxford, Pa. ; Jas. II. Lloyd, Waterford, N. Y. ; C. W. Breed, Malone, N. Y. ; C. T. Sims, Winchester, Mass.

No. 25.—The Life ol a Fireman Being one of Constant Exposure and Danger, Should City Authorities Insure them Against such Risks?

Edward Mott, Taunton, Mass. ; Fred’k Macy, New Bedford, Mass. ;

W. A. Spaulding, Leominster, Mass.; J. B. Osborn, Salem, Mass. ; Jno. Wilkins, Ashburnham, Mass.

No. 26.—Is it Impornnt for Chief Engineers to Keep City Authorities Properly Advised in Regard to the Growth of their Manufactories, their Combustible Character, the Increase in Population and Territory, and the Importance of Providing Suitable Protection? If so, give views.

Geo. A. Ainslie, Richmond, Va.; Thos. Keville, Norfolk, Va. ; R. A. Ruth, Hampton, Va. ; H. A. Smith, Rome, Ga.

No. 27.—On the Establishing of Libraries in all the Fire Departments.

W. M. Jeffries, Burlington, N. J. ; A. Saltzman, Plainfield, N. J. ; II. H. Hooker, Gardner, Me. ; Geo. V. Corl, Harrisburg, Pa. ; Geo. Cushing, Hingham, Mass.

No. 28.—On the Importance of Removing all Telegraph and Telephone Wires to such Points as to Avoid Obstructing the Rapid Modes of Ingress by Fire Departments to Buildings on Fire.

Eli Bates, New York; Wm. Stockell, Nashville, Tenn. ; Jos. Bunker, Cincinnati, Ohio; W. 11. Turner, Boston, Mass.

No. 29.—On the Importance of all Fire Departments Adopting and Putting in Service the Fire Alarm System. Give the comparative value of fire alarm and telephone system.

Jas. Battle, Detroit, Mich. ; W. C. Davol, Jr., Fall River, Mass.; Frank B. Nogel, Fort Wayne, Ind. ; D. D. Tressenrider, Columbus, Ohio ; A. L. King, Lewiston, Me. ; H.N. Hairiman, Georgetown, Mass.

No. 30.—Which is the Most Reliable Pump for Fire Service, Piston or Rotary ? Give reasons.

H. L. Bixby, Newton, Mass. ; H. M. Young, Augusta, Ga. ; C. G. W. Stoddard, Oneida, N. Y. ; J. Lansing Lane, Troy, N. Y.

No. 31.—What Punishment Should be Inflicted Upon an Officer or Member of the Fire Department, who Should Disobey the Orders of the Chief and Ignore his Authority While on Duty at a Fire ?

Thos. O’Neil, Kalamazoo, Mich. ; J. B. Carrier, Norwalk, Conn. ; M. F. Tucker, Mobile, Ala. ; A. E. Chamberlain, Holliston. Mass.





The following named gentlemen have been assigned to report upon the topics named at the next Convention of the Association, to be held in Boston, in September.

First.—”On the importance of thorough organization with prescribed rules for inspection and drill.”—Committee: Eli Bates, New York; P. H. Raymond, Cambridge, Mass.; Henry J. Eaton, Hartford, Conn.; T. L. Worthley, Long Branch, N. J.

Second.—”Should a corresponding system of blank reports be used by all Fire Departments? It so, present a blank for adoption by the National Association with reasons therefor.”—Commitee: J. A. Bennett, Cleveland, Ohio; O. E. Greene, Providence, R. I.; Frank B. Vogel, Fort Wayne, Ind.; H. L. Miller, Ravenna, Ohio.

Third.—”On the importance of establishing fire alarm signals in all cities and towns. Please give the relative merits of the telegraph and telephone systems, or the two combined.”—Committee: Law S. Gibson, Rochester, N. Y ; Ira Wood, Syracuse, N. Y.; W. O. Sherwood, Indianapolis, Ind.; J. A. Mosier, Erie, Pa.

Fourth.—“On tenement houses; their construction, and the importance of city authorities making rigid laws compelling their owners to provide proper and numerous modes of exit.”—Committee: H. Ilcmmiller, Columbus, Ohio; D.

E. Benedict, Newark, N. J.; Thomas B. French, Buffalo, N. Y.; M. X. Chusc, Bloomington, III.

Fifth.—Firemen’s Tournaments—” Are they an advantage to Fire Departments ? If so, please describe in what way ; if a disadvantage please point it out.”—Committee: S. S. Collyer Pawtucket, R. I.; W. C. Davoe, Jr., Fall River, Mass ;

F. E. Skelding, Stamford, Conn.; C. E. Brown, Fair Haven, Cortn.

Sixth.—”On the importance of all cities having Water-works providing more than one main pipe in case of breaking ; also the importance of large distributing pipes.”—W. C. Connor, Dallas, Texas; M. McFadden, Memphis, Tenn.; J. I). Paige, Jo.iet, Ill.; J. H. Schell, Terre Haute, Ind.

Seventh.—“ What class of men are best adapted to make good, useful and successful Firemen ? or is it necessary that a man should be a politician and favor the party in power to make him a courageous Fireman, and adapt him for such dangerous services ? Give your ideas in detail, and recommend rules to govern those matters.”—Committee: W. H. Johnson, ‘Philadelphia, Pa.; Thomas French, Buffalo, N. Y.; George A. Ainslie, Richmond, Va.; J. E. Brown, Masselon, Ohio.

Eighth.—”Are rolls of merit advantageous to Fire Departments ? Please explain.”—Committee : Thomas O’Connor, New Orleans, la.; Mosely F. Tucker, Mobile, Ala.; George W. Frantz, Louisville, Ky.; James L. Rodgers, Buffalo, N. Y.

Ninth.—“On swinging harness and the benefits to be derived therefrom.”— Committee: B. B. Bulhvinkle, Chicago; Ill.; J. F. Deatrick, Defiance, Ohio; H. H. Cozzens, Newport, R. I.; Andrew Smith, New Brunswick, N. J.

Tenth.—” On the importance of all cities furnishing promptly all articles needed for Fire Department use, and the large advantage frequently obtained by being properly equipped.”—Committee : A. P. Leshure, Springfield, Mass.; R. Eugene Kinney, South Norwalk, Conn.; J. B. Carrier, Norwich, Conn.; W. W. Jeffries, Burlington, N. J.

Eleventh.—” On Mansard roofs and wooden towers on tall buildings ; is the advantage in appearance sufficient to justrfy the large additional risk and insurance paid.”—Committee: James Battle, Detroit, Mich.; Christopher Wocliler, Toledo, Ohio; L^vi J. DeLand, Freeport, N. Y.; S. S. Elfrcth, Camden, N. J.

Twelfth.—” On the importance of Chief Engineers endeavoring to save property from destruction by water as well as fire,”—Committee : J. D. Hilliard, Provincetown, Mass.; Thomas Keville, Norfolk, Va.; Charles H. Parks, Waltham, Mass.;

R. Q. King, Springfield, Ohio.

Thirteenth.—” Are steam pipes when placed against wooden facings liable to set fire to the wood? Please explain in detail.”—Committee: J. R. Hopkins, Somerville, Mass.; II. L. Bixby, West Newton, Mass.; F. O. Hill, Medford, Mass.; Isaac Atkins, Marblehead, Mass.

Fourteenth.—” Opera-houses, theatres, and all places of amusements are more liable to fires and stampedes than any other places at which people congregate. Is it,important that all such places should be under the special supervision of Fire Departments? Please give reasons in full.”—Committee: W. A. Green, Boston, Mass.; Thomas F. Nevins, Brooklyn, N. Y.; William Nixon, Newburgh, N. Y.; E. Crook, Newtown, N. J.

Fifteenth.—” Should the privilege tax paid by insurance companies be set apart a; a reserve fund for maintenance of Fire Departments, and the benefit of sick and cisabled Firemen who receive their injuries while in the service ?”—Committee: O. N. Crane, Canandaigua, N. Y.; George W. Warsop, Oswego, N. Y.; A. Boys, Ithaca, N. Y.; W. S. Bird, Tarrytown, N. Y.

Sixteenth.—“Are Pompier Corps useful adjuncts to Jail Fire Departments? Please give the character of their operations.”—Committee: H. Clay Sexton, St. Louis, Mo.; M. Benner, Chicago, Ill.; J. J. Galligan, Omaha, Neb.; H. A. Smith, Rome, Ga.

Seventeenth.—”On the importance of all cities having well regulated Hook and Ladder Companies with Truck well equipped. Please advise the best class of equipments, and mode of conveying ladders.”— Committee: James McQuade, Albany, N. Y.; Samuel N. Evans, Pittsburgh, Pa.; H. P. Phillips. New Orleans, Sixth District; R. L. Saunders, Jackson, Miss.

Eighteenth.—” On Spontaneous Combustion.” (Continued.) Chairman. Charles T. Holloway, Baltimore, Md.—Committee: ” W. E. Hollingsworth, Evansville, Ind.; W. M. Brackett, Minneapolis, Minn.; John Battlch, Fortress Monroe. Va.

Nineteenth.—” Should practical men be selected to judge of the best machinery and hose for Fire Departments? or should it be left to city authorities who have but little experience in such matters, as a general thing.”—Committee : Thomas O’Connor, New Orleans, La.; M. F. Tucker, Mobile, Ala ; Frank Blair, Savannah, Ga.; F. Loyd. Vicksburg, Miss.

Twentieth.—” Isit important that children when at school should be taught how to leave the building in case of fire or panic, and would such an education prepare them to prevent panics and preserve life during their manhood.”—Committee :

S. E. Combs, Worcester, Mass.; T. C. Bowen, Marion, Ohio: R. L. Britton, Lowell, Mass.

Twenty-fitst. —” Is it important that State Legislatures should take active steps in passing commendatory laws requiring city authorities to compel the erection of nothing but fire-proof buildings in all business localities.”—Committee: B. Bryson McCool, Pottsville, Pa.; George E. Jones. Oxford, Pa.; George C Fagan, Harrisburgh Pa.; W. H. Mason, Battle Creek, Mich.