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A.- ANNUAL MEETING OF WELSH INSTITUTION. ELECTION OF MR. A. H. BROOKMAN AS PRESIDENT. A goodly number of members of the Wales and Monmouthshire District Institution of Gas En- gineers and Managers met at Tenby on Wednes- day of last week for the purpose of their annual meeting, which was held in the Royal Gate House Assembly Rooms. A cogent reason for Tenby's selection this year as the place of meet- ing was the election as President of the In- stitution of Mr Alfred H. Brookman, the esteemed manager of the local Gas-works, who has been connected with the Cbmpany for thirty-three years, during which long period he has witnessed a remarkable development in the Tenby undertaking. Mr Thomas Acland, the retiring President, occupied the chair, and in addition to the members of the Institution there were present Alderman J. Leach (vice- chairman of the Tenby Gas Consumers' Com- pany, Limited); Messrs. George Chiles, William Lewis, and Thomas Tucker (directors) and Mr C. W. R. Stokes (secretary). In the regrettable absence of the chairman of the Company (Mr H. Travers Smyth), the members of the Insti- tution were formally welcomed to Tenby by Alderman Leach on behalf of the directors, and in the course of his remarks expressed the pleasure which the directors felt at the honour conferred on their excellent manager, Mr Brookman, by electing him President of the Institution for the ensuing year. During the time which Mr Brookman had been associated with the Tenby Gas Company he had rendered good service to the undertaking, and the speaker had no doubt but that he would render equally good service to the Institution. Mr Leach then gave an interesting sketch of the historical associations of Tenby, and at the close was accorded the thanks of the President on behalf of the Institution. In the course of his presi- dential address, Mr Brookman, who was en- thusiastically received, said the Wales and Monmouthshire District Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers had been in existence four years, and he held the opinion that district associations such as their's served a purpose even more useful than that of the parent Institution of Gas Engineers. For one reason, they could hold their meetings in towns, such as Tenby, which were not likely to be visited by the Institution of Gas Engineers. He con- gratulated the Sir George Livesey Memorial Committee on having established a Chair of fuel and gas engineering at Leeds University, as the great need of the profession was the best obtainable scientific and technical training. He regretted the first student had not entered the gas profession. There was room in the gas industry for more practical appreciation of the trained scientist; Referring to the report of the Departmental Committee upon the system of accounts of local authorities of England and Wales, Mr Brookman urged that gas engineers under local bodies should retain their authority, that the changes suggested by the Institute of Municipal Treasurers and Accountants should be opposed. Speaking of technical matters, the President dwelt on the many changes, both in the manufacture and supply of gas, that had been brought about in his experience, and while some of these had relieved managers of many worries, others had added greatly to their re- sponsibilities. The tendency towards an equal consumption in winter and summer made it necessary to duplicate many parts of the works, and to keep up uniform pressure day and night. There was a growing tendency to adopt labour saving appliances for every purpose, but he urged that very great care and caution should be exercised before undertaking capital expen- diture which might take years of saving to overtake. The past fifty years had been marked by great advances in all the industries of the world, and not least in the gas industry. Al- though gas no longer held the monopoly of artificial lighting, the improvement in the means of using it for other purposes had placed it in a much stronger position than it held before, and through the great invention of the Welsbach it was unsurpassed in the beauty and cheapness of its light. Mr Brookman's in- teresting address was followed by an admirable paper on "Some points in Gas Economy," written by Mr J. H. Canning, of Newport, Mon., and read in his absence by the secretary, Mr Octavius Thomas. An illumi- nating discussion followed, taken part in by Mr Acland, Mr J. W. Helps, and Mr Norton Humphries. A paper descriptive of the Tenby Gas-works, prepared by Mr Brookman, was also presented to the meeting, in which the writer, after tracing the history of the local undertaking, said—"Year by year the con- sumption of gas steadily increased, and good dividends were paid until the expiration of the first lease in June, 1896, when the output stood at 15,000,000, with a capital of £11,250 and a reserve fund of £1150. The corporation then approached the company with a view to pur- chase, and the company made them an offer to sell their undertaking for £15,000, but the cor- poration, after a great deal of correspondence, and many meetings, decided to lease the works for a further term of 32 years, the company paying an increased rent and a fine of £1200. The price of gas was to be regulated by a sliding scale, dependent upon the price of coal delivered at the works. Shortly after the reo newal of the lease the company erected a new purifying plant, using oxide of iron exclusively for purification. Regenerator furnaces have been adopted, which have greatly improved the working and increased the make of gas and coke per ton of coal carbonized, while the public lamps have been converted to the incan- descent system. These improvements add very materially to the economical working of the con- cern. Nearly thirteen years of the new lease have elapsed, and during this time the com- pany's business has steadily increased. The capital employed is £14,450, with a reserve fund of £1052, the profit for the past year being £1432, after putting aside S125 for depre- ciation. At present the annual output of gas is 27 million cubic feet, and the company's in- come last year from all sources were about £8000. The population of Tenby is about 4500. At the present time there are 850 ordinary and slot meter consumers, supplied by the company the number of public lamps is 175, and the length of mains is about seven miles." Mr Robert Browning, of Neath, was elected as the representative on the Council of the Institution of Gas Engineers. At the conclusion of the business the members repaired te& the De Valence Gardens where they were photographed by Mr H. Mortimer Allen, afterwards ad- journing to the Royal Gate House Hotel to be entertained at luncheon by the directors of the Tenby Gas Consumers' Company Limited.








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