The Pennsylvania Convention.
The fourteenth annual convention of the State Firemen’s Association was called to order in the court-house on September 19, by President George Nallinger of Philadelphia. Judge John Greer delivered the address of welcome on behalf of the citizens of Butler.
A. E. Reiber, chief of the Butler Fire Department, made an address on behalf of the Butler Fire Department. President Nallinger responded for the visiting firemen, and the proceedings were considered fairly begun.
The president’s report received considerable attention. In it he favored the bill known as House bill No. 30, or firemen’s pension bill, which Governor Patterson vetoed. He urged that it be adopted by this convention, thus showing the representatives of each county and city in the State that the firemen wanted it to become a law.
On motion of Mr. Bickel of Norristown the sympathy of the convention was extended to Mr. Bosch of Philadelphia, who was recently severely injured.
Candidates for tbe different offices and for the next place of meeting were placed in nomination. Beaver Falls, Norristown, Johnstown, Bradford and Meadville were named.
On Wednesday morning the roll call showed 187 delegates present. The treasurer’s report was read and approved ; the corresponding secretary’s report was received and approved. Resolutions from the citizens and councils of the different towns named for the next meeting were read and then the fight waxed warm between the eastern and the western part of the State. The vote gave it to Norristown by a large majority. The vote on officers resulted as follows :
President, W. II. King, Mt. Carmel; vice-president, B. C. Foster, Bristol ; H. D. Ifeineman, Butler; W. H. Long, Hanover, and J. R. Musser, Gallitzin; recording secretary, W. W. Wunder, Reading ; corresponding secretary, Jas. II. Green, Carlisle ; treasurer, J. Slingluff, Norristown. Dele, gate to National Association of Chief Engineers, George Nallinger.
NOTES OF THE CONVENTION.
The bright and charming youug ladies of Butler banqueted the delegates at the big armory hall Tuesday evening. The hall was handsomely decorated. The toastmaster, A. C. Anderson of Butler. Responses were made by Messrs. Heed, Bosch and others.
The citizens of Butler had been for days preparing for the convention and the decorations were more than the visiting firemen expected.
The delegates from Norristown are to be congratulated on the result of their work for tbe convention of ’04. Tbe ipembers of the association may rest assured that Norristown will give them a good time.
A boom was started to have the convention of ’95 held at Reading, but many of the Eastern delegates said that the convention would not be held in the western part of the State for a long time.
Perhaps there are few firemen in the United States who ever had any experience with the kind of a fire alarm system that is in service in Butler. The system consists of a dozen or more bells weighing about 200 pounds each erected on street corners in different parts of the town with rope attached to tappers and running to the ground. The bells are put upon rough poles and the tone is much like a farm dinner bell. The visiting firemen amused themselves by pulling the bells, and on one occasion gave three of the local hose companies a run of over a mile. The bells were pulled at all hours of tbe night while the visitors were in Butler.
Attorney North of Bradford, who is a member of the legislature, made an interesting speech at the convention. If all representatives were as much interested in the volunteer firemen of the State, better laws for the firemen would be made.
Assistant Chief John B. Phillips, Robert Cunningham and Wm. Dunlap of New Castle, were voted the handsomest firemen present.
The parade on Thursday was witnessed by thousands of people. The different uniforms were the handsomest ever seen in any of the State parades. Tbe Darktown fire brigade, as on all former occasions, captured the people of Butler. The Crosby hose company of Corry was uniformed in full dress suits, high hats and gold headed canes.
Chief Marshall W. A. Clark and fifty aids were on horseback, while dozens of carriages contained officers of the association and chiefs and delegates from all parts of the State.
The prize for the best equipped company was awarded to the Sharpsburg Department. Braddock company received first money for being the largest company in line.
The only steam fire engine ccmpany present was the Mayville company of Johnstown, who captured the purse offered for that contest.
The hose and hook and ladder races took place Friday. The State race was won by the Crosby Hose Company of Corry, best time, thirty-five and three-quarter seconds. The run was 250 yards, lay 150 feet hose, and make all connections.
The free-for-all race was won by the Centrals of Bradford; time, thirty-eight seconds; purse, $150.
BUTTER, PA., September 20. KEYSTONE.