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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...as " the citizen, soldier, fireman, and man of God's own make," opened the session with prayer, and then the convention business was taken up. During the day many courteous invitations were sent in to the members of the convention, among them one extending the privileges of the Cotton Exchange; one to a reception at the armory of the Continental Guards; and one to make themselves at home at the theatres of the city that evening. In response to the latter, the evening was spent by many of the delegates and their ladies as guests of Manager Bidwell at the Academy of Music and the St. Charles Theatre. On the second day, Thursday, October 25th, business was interrupted for a while to accept an invitation to visit the fire-boat Protector, the Orleans Cotton Press and the cable steamship Silverton. The evening was devoted to a grand ball given by the New Orleans Fire Department in honor of the visitors, which was one of the handsomest affairs of the kind ever given in the city. No element of refined elegance was wanting in the extremely complete arrangements, and nothing was omitted that could have enhanced either the splendor of the display or the general success. Friday evening, October 26th, was the time selected for the reception at the armory of the Continental Guards. Major Pierce extended a welcome to them, not alone because they were the honored guests of the city, nor because the fact that Chief O'Connor was a corporal in the Guards rendered hospitalities at the hands of the Guards peculiarly appropriate; but even more because the Continental Guards had but recently returned from a tour of twenty States represented largely by the gentlemen of the National Association of Fire Engineers, and to acknowledge through them some of the...
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