THE NEW YORK CONVENTION.
THE GROWTH OF THE ORGANIZATION.
It was on October 20, 1873, that in answer to a circular a convention of fire engineers met in Raine’s hall, Baltimore, Md., and was called to order by Chief Henry Spilman, of that city’s fire department, with Chief Hall, of Vicksburg, Miss., as temporary secretary. Among others in attendance were Chiefs Damrell, Boston; Eli Bates, New York city; F. F. Nevins, Brooklyn, N. Y.; E. G. Megrue, Cincinnati; Henry Heinmiller, Columbus, Ohio, etc. In all there were forty-eight chiefs, six assistant chiefs, four fire commissioners, and three fire underwriters. A permanent organisation was there and then effected, with a president (Chief Damrell), eighteen vicepresidents (Eli Bates, New York city, being one), a recording secretary (Chief P. H. Raymond, Cambridge, Mass.), three assistant secretaries, a corresponding treasurer (Chief Nevins).
The following is the list of presidents of the association from the beginning: John S. Damrell, Boston. Mass.; Henry Clay Sexton, St. Louis, Mo.; A. G. Hendrick, New Haven, Conn.; W. H. Johnson, Philadelphia, Pa.; Wm. Stockell. Nashville, Tenn.; J. A. Bennett. St. Andrews, Fla.; Martin Cronin, Washington, D. C.; Wm. A. Greene, Boston. Mass.; Geo. W. Taylor, Richmond. Va.; Joseph Bunker, Cincinnati, Ohio; Thos. O’Connor, New Orleans, La.; D. J. Swenie, Chicago, Ill.; Thos. L. Worthley, Long Branch, N. J.; Geo. A. Steere, Providence, R. I.; W. R. Joyner, Atlanta, Ga.; F. L. Stetson. Minneapolis. Minn.; Geo. C. Hale, Kansas City, Mo.; A. P. Leshure, Springfield, Mass.; Edward Hughes, Louisville, Ky.; James Foley, Milwaukee, Wis.; Z. Benoit, Montreal, Que.; F. J. Roulett, Augusta, Ga.: James Devine, Salt Lake City, Utah; Andrew J. Kennedy, New Haven, Conn.; Chas. E. Swingley, St. Louis, Mo.; John P. Quigley, Syracuse, N. Y.; M. S. Humphreys, Pittsburgh, Pa. The officers of the association for the present year are: President, Chief M. S. Humphreys, Pittsburgh, Pa.; first and second vicepresidents, Chiefs Edward Hughes, Louisville. Ky., and John Stagg, Paterson, N. J.; secretary, Chief H. A. Hills, Wyoming, Ohio; treasurer, Chief D. G. Larkin, Dayton, Ohio.
THE TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
are as follows: No. 1.—How should firemen be best rewarded when having saved human lives at the risk of losing their own?—Hon. A. C. Hendricks, former chief, New Haven, Conn. No. 2.— Wire glass windows. The advantages, if any, over shutters.—Chief Edvv. F. Croker, New York city. No. 3.—Are cities and towns keeping pace with improvements in fire protection, in proportion to the increase of the conflagration hazard?—(To be announced later). No. 4.—Electrolysis—Its destructive effects on water and gas pipes. What steps should be taken in order to prevent it?—Capt. Wm. Brophy, electrician, Boston, Mass. No. 5.—The fire department of the future in our large cities.—Chief Geo. W. Horton, Baltimore, Md. No. 6.—The drill school for firemen. Its importance and general resuits.—Chief H. W. McAdams, chief instructor, N. Y. F. D.
The importance and necessity of salvage corps and protective departments.—Supt. C. H. Swan, Providence, R. I. Progress in fire alarm telegraphy, with illustrations.—Jos. W. Stover, president Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph company, New York city, N. Y. Fireproof paint and wood.—Perez M. Stewart, superintendent of buildings, New York city.