conscious, and let that fact be known by our example, others soon will be. If we are not, how can we expect others to be? If we start with ourselves, we shall have taken the first small but necessary step toward our long-range goal.
Chairman Fleming. Thank you, Mr. Arnold. I want to say that I am all for that last “E” the fourth one. I hope you will all take that back with you.
I am told that the Committee on Research has its report ready, and to present the report I call on Mr. Woodward H. Brenton, Chairman of the committee. Mr. Brenton. [Applause.]
Mr. Woodward H. Brenton. Mr. Chairman and members of the Conference, to make my position perfectly clear, I want you to know that I stand before you merely as spokesman for a group of very able men who have been serving as members of this Committee on Research. As a layman, I want to tell you about how greatly I appreciate watching these men work and seeing their skill and ability on this subject and, more than that, observing their seriousness in trying to solve this important problem. Right now I want to thank those men, especially Mr. Alvah Small, for the heavy burden he has carried in connection with this committee as secretary of the committee.
You have all seen the report of the committee, which was prepared after a number of conferences and was made available. Yesterday afternoon the committee had a 4-hour session. A number of changes were made in the report, but for the most part they had to do with clarifying it and making more complete the original intention of the members of the committee. There are four major matters which I feel, however, should be called to your attention before presenting the report.
In the first section of the draft which was made available to you, in the recommendation of a central place for availability of information for fire prevention, the word “authority” was used. Since there was no intention toward the establishment of any authority, the wording of this section has been changed.
The second matter I wish to call to your attention is in the section dealing with the treatment of habitual fire setters. The wording was changed to give due respect to the rights of the individual.