For the fifth time the firemen of Vermont and their friends came together on July 18. The affair took place in Bennington Opera House and proved a big success. H. S. Bingham, president of the village, extended the welcome, which was fittingly responded to by President Cushman. The treasurer’s report showed that there was $728.82 in the treasury. The secretary’s report showed the following membership: Life members, 53; fire companies, 53; chief engineers, six; fire board, 1; total, 113. It was unanimously voted that the next annual meeting and tournament be held at Fair Haven, *he time to be set by the executive committee. The following were elected: President, D. F. Carmody, of Fair Haven; vicepresidents, E. B. Miner, Vergennes; W. H. Lane, jr., Burlington; E. R. Green, Rutland; M. E. Orr, Poultney; J. H, Sargent, Middlebury; secretary, E. D. Moore, Bennington; treasurer, L. C. Grant, Burlington; executive committee. G. W. Dunton. Rutland; W. EL Morse, Burlington; J. If. Donnelly, Vergennes; Major A. D. Clark, Montpelier; J. C. Leslie, St. Albans, representative to the national convention at Montreal, E’rank M. Tiffany, Bennington; alternate, C. A. Piper, Middlebury; statistician, C.L. Little, E’air Haven. After contracting considerable miscellaneous business, mainly of an uninteresting nature, the convention adjourned
That evening there was a large number of strangers in Bennington, drawn thither by the tournament, which opened next morning. Among the first companies to arrive were the Housatonic hose company of Pittsburgh, Mass., and the Boxer hose company of Burlington, the latter company drawing at the convention yerterday first position in the hose race. The first position in the hand engine contest was drawn by the H. II. Brown hose company of West Rutland. In the parade there were thirty or mort companies and nine bands.
At the grounds the first event was the hand engine contest, which excited great interest. The prizes in this contest aggregated $500, in first, second and third, as follows: $300, $150, and $50. The following are the companies which entered for the contests, with the distances water was thrown through 250 feet of hose : H. II. Brown engine company, West Rutland, 185 feet 6 inches ; D. EL Ladow company, Mechanicville, N. Y., 109 feet ; Union engine company, Greenwich, N. Y., 173 feet 9 ⅛ inches; Torrent engine company, Whitehall, N. Y., 194 feet 11 inches; Battell engine company, Middlebury, 164 feet 11 ½ inches; Rough and Ready engine company, Greenwich, N. Y., 200 feet 4 inches; J. J. Gray engine company, Cambridge, N. Y., 205 feet 10 inches; General Schuyler engine company, Schuylerville, N. Y., 221 feet 8 inches; Union engine company, Salem, N. Y., 174 feet 2 inches.
A sad event happened just at the close of the hand engine contests. George EL McCauley, a Salem veterinary surgeon and captain of the Union company, fell unconscious from sunstroke and died in a few minutes, though a number of physicians did all they could for the sufferer. The remains were conveyed to the soldiers’ home nearby and will be sent to Salem to-day.
Fourteen companies entered for the hose race, but three withdrew. There were three prizes, $200, $100 and $50 respectively. The prizes were awarded as follows : Le Roy hose No. 2, Cohoes, N. Y.; Knight hose, E’air Haven, and Independent hose, Vergennes; time, :43¾ :44 and :45⅛. The hook and ladder prizes were small, the Rough and Ready, of Burlington, taking the first, $15; time, :7½.