Vermont State Firemen.
The town of Rutland, Vt., was elaborately decorated on Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, upon the occasion of the second annual convention of the Vermont State Firemen’s Association, and the hospitality shown by the citizens to the visiting firemen was unbounded.
The convention was called to order at 2.30 P. M. Friday by President F. E. Perkins, chief of the Burlington Fire Department, who spoke briefly upon the possibilities of the association in the future. He said that it in a great measure depended upon the interest that the firemen, as a body, took in the association. He expressed a hope that more would join the association and by co-operation make it more successful.
The charter of the association was accepted, and the constitution and by-laws of the old association adopted. The treasurer’s report showed a balance on hand of $85.50.
K. K. IIannum of Rutland was elected delegate to the National Convention at Springfield, with F. E. Perkins of Burlington as alternate.
It was voted to adopt the badge of the Eureka Fire Hose Company of New York as the trophy of the Vermont association. This trophy is to be won three times before it becomes the property of the victorious company. The Baxters of Rutland were the first victors in i8qo.
On behalf of Rutland’s citizens K. K. 11 annum presented the association with $700. The gift was accepted and appropriate resolutions taken.
After a recess these officers were elected : President, Frank ) . Allen of Fair Haven; vice-presidents, S. D, Miner of Vergennes, M. C). Cooper of Bellows Falls, E, R. Green of Rutland, A. F. Bass of West Randolph, C. F. Van Vleck of Bennington ; secretary, E. D. Moore of Bennington, and treasurer, L, C. Grant. It was decided to hold the next convention at Middlebury, the date to be left to the executive committee.
In the evening enjoyable receptions were given by the local fire companies to the visitors.
Forty companies took part in the parade on Saturday morning. The town was crowded with sightseers, the visitors numbering fully 10,000 |>ersons.
The prize winners in the tournament were as follows : Engine contest—Union Engine Company, Salem, first, $250; water was thrown 200 feet 9*4 inches. M. B. Little Engine Company, Glens Falls, N. Y., second, $100 ; threw 184 feet 8 inches. Torrent Engine, Whitehall, third, $50; threw 182 feet.
The drill contest—J. C. Allen Company, Fair Haven, only entry, prize $100.
Hook and ladder contest—J, J. Monty, Rough and Ready, Burlington, first, $25 ; time, 7j4 seconds, William Shepherd, Defiance Company, Ticonderoga. second, $15 ; time, 7% seconds. J. W. Putnam* Otter Creek Company, Vergennes, third, $10 ; time, 8⅞ seconds. The reason why Mr. Monty received second prize was because his time was lowest in running off a tie with Putnam.
Hose race—First, C. C. Knights Company, Fair Haven. $200 ; time, 47seconds. Second, Defiance Company, Ticonderoga, $125 i lime, 503/ seconds. Third, Shamrock Company, Turner* Falls, $75 ; time, 51V seconds. The Rochester $100 prize badge for the best appearing company, Allens, Fair Haven, 98 ⅝ points ; Gutta Percha Company trumpet, best appearing Vermont company in the parade, Baxters, Rutland.