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save our generation from the terror that cometh by night and the arrow that flieth by day, from the pestilence that walketh in darkness and the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  Shield our children from the devouring fires of destruction and our dear ones from the thoughtfulness of themselves and others that would add to the devouring flame.

Fill our hearts with Thy wisdom and understanding, for except Thou keepest the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.  Amen.

Chairman Fleming.  Among our guests today is one very distinguished one, whose arrival in this country is fortunately timed so he can observe our deliberations today.  He is Dr. S. H. Clark of the British Fire Research Organization maintained jointly by the British Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and the British Fire Officer’s Committee.  Dr. Clark is director of this new British Fire Research Organization and will be in this country for several weeks to come.  He will undoubtedly have the opportunity to see and talk with various ones of you as he gets around.  I am glad to welcome him and will ask him to stand up for a moment so that we may greet him.  [Applause.]

{Dr. Clark stood in recognition of the applause.}

Chairman Fleming.  Maj. Gen. Alden Waitt, Chief of the Chemical Warfare Service, through Col. L. M. Johnson, Chemical Warfare Service, wishes to announce that the Chemical Warfare Service will be happy to conduct tests at Edgewood Arsenal on the gas travel and characteristics of propane and butane gases in the air due to leaks from tanks.  All information on this subject will be given out by the Chemical Warfare Service to all interested.  

I think I will take just a moment to say a word about the music with which we have been entertained at the Conference,  On Tuesday, as you are aware from a glance at your program, we heard the United States Marine Corps Band under the leadership of Maj. William F. Santelmann.  Yesterday we had with us the United States Navy Band under the leadership of Lt. Com. Charles Brendler.  We are indebted today to the United States Army Band under the leadership of Capt. Hugh J. Curry.  These three bands are great national institutions.  They have frequently toured the country, and you have probably heard them before.

Ordinarily, when we think of a brass band, we think of stirring marching music.  These gentlemen can play that kind of music, too, but you have been made aware of the fact that they also come close to the symphonic ensemble, and I dare say there is not a member of any of the three organizations who could not hold down a chair in any one of the leading symphony organizations of the country.  I am sure that I speak for all of you when I express my thanks to Major Santelmann, Lieutenant Commander Brendler, and Captain Curry and their men and express your appreciation for the manner in which they have added to the pleasure of this Conference.  [Applause.]

For the last 2 days we have been considering various aspects of the fire prevention problem, but we have saved until nearly the last what is by no means least in importance, namely, the legal phase of fire prevention, for I think it is no exaggeration to say that our best techniques for fire prevention and extinguishment will be less effective unless authority exists in law to compel compliance with at least minimum safety precautions.

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