The Montreal Meeting Of The National Electric Light Association

Saturday, September 19, 1891
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ssgr. 19, 1891. THE ELECTRICAL WORLD of minor changes were inade. The rules were provisionally adopted and some sections were held for reference to the standing committee just mentioned. Owing to the late- ness of the hour the discussion was closed before all the rules had been taken up, and the remainder of the work was left to the committee. The session terminated with the reading of Mr. C. J. Field’s paper on Electric Railway Construction and Opera- tion. This proved to be a most practical paper of great interest to those engaged in electric railway work. and it was most unfortunate that it was read at a time when proper discussion was almost impossible. On Friday morning the two remaining papers were taken up. The first to be read was Mr. Ayex-‘s very valuable and interesting account of the methods used in the management of the great central station of the Municipal Company in St. Louis. The descriptions of the methods and precautions to be observed in arc lighting was full of practical details that must prove immensely useful to any manager. Two points especially referred to were the necessity of careful testing of apparatus and instruments and the great eifect of small changes in the current on the total energy required at the station. Mr. Ayer said on one occasion he had found that a slight accident to an ammeter was increasing the coal bill at the rate of $16 a day, inas- much as a current only .2 or .3 of an ampére greater than the normal required 20 or 25 per cent. more energy on ac- count of the action of the lamp mechanism upon the elec- tromotive force required. The discussion was comparatively brief, but Messrs, Nicholls, Francisco, Seely and others gave some useful fragments; of information from their own experiences, and several minor points were actively dis- cussed. The iinal remaining paper, Mr. Wa.rner’s practical treat- ment of the subject of Arc Light' Carbons was taken as read, owing to the little time remaining, andafter a small amount of casual business had been transacted Sir William Dawson, Mr. F. R. Redpath and Prof. H. T. Bovey were elected honorary members of the association. This termi- nated the public meetings, and the association then went into executive session. One important item of business transacted at this final meeting was the selection of Bulfalo, the home of President Huntley, as the place of the next meeting of the association. The selection was satis- factory to the members, even to those who hoped for the selection of a. more Western or Southern point. Three vacancies on the Executive Committee, caused by the cx- pirations of the terms of office of Messrs. J. J. Burleigh, A. M. Robinson and E. W. Rollins, were Elle/d by the elec- tion of Messrs. Frederic Nicholls, of Toronto; A. M. Young, of Waterbury, Conn., and M. D. Law, of Schenectady, N. Y. Resolutions of thanks were then tendered on the part of the association to Lord Stanley, Governor General of Canada.; to the City of Montreal; to the Committee on Exhibits, the press, the railway companies, and the man- agement of the VVindsor Hotel. The association then adjourned to meet again six months hence in Butfalo.

192 San. 19, 1891. The Montreal Meeting of the National Electric Light Association. Throughout Sunday. Sept. 6, the delegates to the Mon- treal Convention were gathering from all points of the com- pass as fast as the railway trains could carry them. The largest contingent, of course, was from New York, and the special train pulled out of the Grand Central station a little late, as special trains generally do, ut 9 :30. The journey north- ward was uneventful until when near Ma.nchester,Vt. ,the en- gine struck work, perhaps because of the unwanted charactel' of the load it was dragging. One cylinder was disabled, and most of the delegates got out to join the inquest. Mr. J. Car- penter Smith, on the end of a pry bar, rendered so valuable assistance to the engineer that finally the train started ahead with the remaining cylinder. and reached Rutland, where the Boston delegation, about 50 strong, was already waiting, and had been waiting foran hour and a half, The combi- nation train was made up and rushed northward again without further mishap. At St. John the Montreal con- tingent was waiting to welcome the train, and marched through the cars headed by two bagpipers, who disconrsed uneazthly sounds until the train got under way. At mid- night Montreal was reached, and the assembled crowd proceeded to the Windsor Hotel. A.l.l day Monday arrivals continued. By reason of the multiplicity of entertainments that the hospitality of our Canadian friends had provided but one session was held each day, and the first, which was really a preliminary meeting only, met in Windsor Hall, at three o`clock on Monday afternoon, Sept. 7. President Huntley, of nhe asf sociation, was in the chair, and in a brief speech presented Prof. H. T. Bovey. chairman of the Montreal Citizens’ Committee, who spoke a few words of welcome, and then in succession introduced the Hon. James, mayor of Montreal, Sir Donald Smith, Sir William Dawson, Mr, Richard White, and others. All these gentlemen joined in giving the heartiest possible welcome go the Convention. For the United States, President Huntley, U. S. Consul Knapp and Judge Armstrong re- sponded. Following Judge Armstrong. Mr. Erastus Wiman gave a brief address, joining with the gratitude of a member of the association the welcome of a Canadian to the visitors to his native land. Mr. Wiman especially callled attention to the splendid work that had been done in the electric transmission of power, and made some interest ing applications with reference to the great possibilities of electrical development in the city of Montreal. President Huntley then read his address, dealing particu- larly with the modern central station and showing its ten- dency to develop a zonal system of distribution, employing for the service in each zone that particular class of apparatus best adapted to give good results at that particular distance. President Huntley then read invitations from McGill University, the Art Association of Montreal, the Harbor Commissioners. and others, and after a vote of thanks had been passed i.n recognition of these, the meeting adjourned until the next morning, when the business at hand was the reports of the various committees appointed by the associa- tion. The first committee to report was that on the relations between manufacturing companies and central stations, read by Mr. E. R. Weeks. of Kansas City. It was full of excellent suggestions centring around the proposition cf' an offensive and defensive alliance among central station THE ELECTRICAL VVORLD. mon. Judge Arn\si.rong, Mr. Wiliucrdiug :md Mr. Frmi- cisco look part in xr vigorous discussion, warmly indoising the necessity for united action of some sort. Mr. T. Cal'- penfer Smith called attention to the good resulm that might be obtained by using as far so possible unpatented npparatns, and even making it, when it could be done economically. He felt that in this way the parent comps-` nies could be made to feel that the central stations were not entirely dependent on them, :md expressed tho opinion that there wus enough nnpntented apparatus to do a very large proportion of central station work if it were only put into use. After further discussion by Judge Armstrong, Mr. Nichols, Mr. Seeley and Mr. Burleigh, the committee, was continued with instructions to formulate a definite plan of campaign. Mr. H. M. Swetland then presented the report of the Coln- mittee of Dain. He said that information was very hard to obtain, and really all that it was possible for tlie committee tn do at present was little more than to urge upon the Asso- ciation the necessity of systematic and regular testing of apparatus, boilers, engines and dynamos. Too much stress, he added. cannot he laid on the need and advantage of just such work, and when careful testing becomes the rule instead of the exception the Committee on Data will be nble tosecure something in the way of useful information. There was no report from the committee on the Worlrl’s Fair, but instead Mr. J. A. Hornsby, secretary of the Elec- tricnl Section. reported on the work that had already been done, especially thc grand missionary work that has been lwconiplisliell in bringing electricity into such an iin- portant place in the transmission of power for the exposition. The main building devoted to ilectricity will or-rtainly be n credit to the count-ry, and although the other electrical exhibits will be somewhat scattered they will he no less imposing. Avigorous effort will be nmde to hold a great international electrical congress. Suggestions lmve already been oiiered to this effect, and informal inquiries have even been made, with the result of receiving many cordial responses from all over the world. The exposition management will do everything in its power to secure an in tcrnational congress, s.nd it will lny tho nint- tcr before the Unit/cd States authorities ut au eairly flute. ln response in a motion, n new comniittce on the Wurld's Fnir was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Sunny, Coleman, Hurt, Royce and Price. The eh-ctriv lipzhting section of the Cormnitl'/vc on Data, which was not rvndy to report at the beginning of thc mcctlng, then road :L brief report, dealing particularly with the r‘lz\ssilir'al.i