VIRGINIA STATE FIREMEN.

VIRGINIA STATE FIREMEN.

The twenty-first annual convention of the Virginia State Firemen’s association will be held on August 28, 29, 30, at Newport News. The program includes the following: Wednesday, August 28, 8 a. m. to 12:30 p. m., reception of delegates and visiting companies, and ladies. 1:30 p. m., opening session of the association at Court house, corner of Twenty-fifth street and Hunt ington avenue. Address of welcome by Hon. S. R. Buxton, mayor of city. Response on behalf of the association, Captain R. C. Marshall, Commonwealth attorney of Norfolk county. Address on behalf of the firemen of the city by the Rev. J. W. Porter, D. D. 8 p. m., final session of convention. 8:30 p. m., band concert at Washington Park. Thursday morning will be given up to a grand parade of firemen, the afternoon and evening being taken up with visits to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock company’s plant and that of the Old Dominion Brewing and Ice company, winding up with a clam bake on the beach. On Friday will take place the accustomed tournament, with distribution of prizes. Refreshments will be served at the enginehouse at all hours during the three days. The officers of the association are as follows: W. K. Stow, president, Newport News; J. V. Perley, senior, viccpresident, Charlottesville; J. H. Dwyer, statistician. Harrisonburg; Geo. G. Cumming, secretary, Portsmouth; T. J. Williams, treasurer, Charlottesville; the Rev. C. II. Smith, chaplain, Richmond. Chief W. K. Stow, of New port News, who is acting as corresponding secretary, will receive all communications as to accommodations, etc.

VIRGINIA STATE FIREMEN.

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VIRGINIA STATE FIREMEN.

The Virginia State Firemen’s association, whose convention was held at Alexandria on August 17, 18, 19, was, as usual, full of interest. To outsiders the parade was, of course, the special attraction. The streets of the city were crowded with visitors, and the buildings were tastefully decorated. The firemen, with their apparatus and bands, marched in three grand divisions, and among the paraders was the Friendship fire company, of which George Washington in his day was a member. The business sessions were presided over by President Trimyer. The treasurer reported receipts of $357. The legislative committee reported that every oossible effort had been made to secure from the last general assembly the passage of the firemen’s relief bill, which provided for the State fund to assist firemen disabled in the performance of duty. The committee, however, had hopes that in the next session of the legislature the law would be passed, and that the firemen would receive justice. Among the speakers on the topics set down for discussion was L. E. Lookabill, who responded to the topic as to supporting the National Firemen’s association. T. W. Ridley, of Portsmouth, responded to the topic as to how firemen should be rewarded who had saved human lives at the risk of their own. The question then came up as to whether the Virginia State Firemen’s association should send its delegate to the International Association of Fire Engineers or the National Fire association. After considerable discussion it was ascertained that the treasury would not hear the expense of any delegate at all, and. on motion, the association severed all connection with each of these associations. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President. J. R. Saum, of Harrisonburg; vicepresident. F. A. Kearney, of Phcebus: statistical R. W. Withers, of Suffolk: secretary, G. C. Cumming. of Portsmouth; treasurer. T. J. Williams, of Charlottesville; chairman of legislative committee. John H. Redwood, of Richmond. Harrisonburg was chosen as the next place of meeting. It may be added that the membership of the association is 1428, with 139 delegates to the convention.