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TECHNOLOGY IN FRANCE
A Paris home for the Tech ambulance unit and the other men who will follow them abroad
On June 22 twenty Technology undergraduates were given a farewell reception by the New York club to celebrate their sailing on the "Rochambeau" for ambulance work in France. This night was the beginning of what will prove to be a large and important work by the Institute in France, for not only will more men join the ambulance, but undoubtedly a large number of Tech men will see active service of other kinds there, and the New York meeting was eventful in being the commencement of a plan to give Tech men in Paris some of the comforts of home.
The send-off took the form of a banquet at the clubhouse of the Technology Club of New York at Gramercy Park. Among the distinquished guests and speakers were, Maurice R. Scharff, '09, head of the Washington Technology Bureau; James P. Munroe, '82 of the Institute Corporation; Van Rensselaer Lansingh, '98, to take charge of the Technology Bureau at Paris; Professor Nettleton, head of the English Department at Sheffield School at Yale University; I. W. Litchfield, '85, field secretary of the Alumni Association; Professor H. G. Pearson, of the English department at the Institute; Louis Tracy, the novelist; and Mrs. Edward Cunningham, donor of the Institute military camp, "Camp Cunningham." Much light was thrown by the speakers on the plans which have been perfected for Technology's organization abroad, the work of the bureau at Washington, and kindred topics.
Mr. Frank C. Schmitz, '95, president of the Technology Club of New York, spoke briefly, announcing that the twenty-five men about to embark for France were to be admitted to membership in the club for the period of the war, and that their names would be posted as a roll of honor in the club.
The Tech men who sailed to enter the ambulance service are: H. B. Allen, '18, R. M. Allen, '16, D. G. Bradley, '18, F. N. Breed, '12, L. B. Cahill, '19, K. H. Day, ex-'17, D. Ely, '18, E. P. Greissmer, '20, I. G. Hall, '18, R. Henderson, E. V. Holden, '18, F. W. Holmes, N. Kohlhopf, F. L. Kline, '18, J. R. Milliken, '20, D. A.
Reed, Jr., '18, G. W. Root, '19, F. B. Smith, D. G. Tarpley, '17, E. N. Winslow, '18.
With the Tech ambulance unit Van Rensselaer Lansingh, '98, sailed for France to secure and open the Technology headquarters there which is to be a club for all Tech men in Paris or on their furloughs from the front. This Tech home is under the direction of Mrs. Edward Cunningham and a committee of women who will secure the necessary finances and see to it that the boys do not lack comforts while abroad. The committee hopes to have a place where Tech men can live, get good food and quarters, and the right sort of recreation so that they may not be thrown, for lack of other place, at large upon Paris whose conditions particularly in wartime are said to be distressing. All mail should be directed to the Paris headquarters and all gifts sent there; the committee hopes also to act as a clearing house for all interested who wish to send gifts, camp comforts, tobacco, etc., to the boys in service. All inquiries and contributions should be sent to Mrs. Edward Cunningham, The Institute, Cambridge.
Other American colleges were asked to coöperate in this work, but as the response was rather slow at first, it was decided to establish the Tech Club in Paris as a separate organization. But at a meeting in New York during the first part of July which was attended by representatives of fifteen American colleges and universities, it was decided to form an organization to be called the American University Association in Europe, with headquarters in Paris and perhaps London, following closely along the lines of the Technology plan. Professor Nettleton of Yale, one of the prime movers of the project, sailed shortly after Mr. Lansingh, to meet him in Paris and coöperate with him. The stated object of the association is to provide an inexpensive club where men may have all the privileges of home, and to supply headquarters for the various college bureaus which must shortly be established to take care of the men from American institutions who will see service in the war. The bureaus will remain separate organizations so far as possible but the association will act as a headquarters and clearing house for information about college men.
But the first college club of the sort actually at work will be Technology's and the others will undoubtedly be modelled upon ours which was the first to lead the way. All alumni and women interested in Technology, particularly those who are unable to
do active work for the country or the Institute, are urged to help make this home for Tech men in France a real home, with all that it implies, to send the boys letters and supplies and comforts, and above all to supply the money which shall make all these things possible.
On July 11 the Technology ambulance unit and Mr. Lansingh arrived in France and work was started at once organizing the bureau. The ambulance men, the cable stated, would remain in Paris for a little time before ordered to the front, and it was probable that some of them who had volunteered for ambulance duty might be detailed to drive trucks, another important branch of the service. There is a possibility, also, now the United States is in the war, that the Technology ambulance may become a part of the United States army.
FROM "THE TECH"
NEW YORK, July 30.-A second group of Technology alumni is on its way to France. On board a White Star liner last week, which has probably sailed by this time, at least ten Institute men were berthed with the 14th Railway Engineers Division. It is believed that more Technology men sailed with this contingent, but no definite list could be obtained, the authorities of the White Star line preventing the correspondent of The Tech from boarding the ship.
News of the sailing of Technology men with the engineer regiment was first received last week through the mail and was evidently sent by a passenger accompanying the troops. It was impossible to board the ship at her dock and further information was unobtainable from officials of the steamship company. The communique follows:
On Board a White Star Steamship.-When this liner sails she will carry with her a group of Technology men enrolled in the 14th Engineers (railway) who will form the second group of Institute men to sail for France in the service. Institute men known to be on board are as follows and it is probable that there are more: R. C. Jacobs, '10, sergeant, Company B; R. Alfaro, '16, corporal, Company B; R. T. Collier, '18, corporal, Company B; C. W. Loomis, '16, sergeant, Company B; Clarence Stewart, '12, private, Company C; "Duffy" Lewis, '14, private, Company A; C. A. Smyth, '18, private, Company F; A. B. Buckman, '16, corporal,
Company F; E. W. V. Lucas, '16, private, Company D; H. G. Watkins, '12, master engineer; Major B. W. Guppy, '89, in charge First Battalion.
There are other Technology men aboard whose names are not known.
The regiment went to camp four weeks ago at Salem, N. H. It is composed almost exclusively of practical railroad men and is for the purpose of operating the French railways.
A little less than four weeks were spent in learning the infantry drill and field service regulations, first aid, and a few other subjects pertaining to hygiene. Yesterday the regiment entrained for New York and came aboard this afternoon and expects to sail shortly.
At the recent twenty-fifth annual meeting of the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education, Dr. Hollis Godfrey, '98, a member of the Advisory Commission of the Council of National Defense, was a prominent speaker, and as vice-president of the society was largely instrumental in securing the participation of public officials in the program of the meeting. Among these were the Assistant Secretary of War, President Mackenzie of Dalhousie University, Director Stratton of the Bureau of Standards, General Black, chief of engineers, U. S. Army, and others.
One session was devoted to the placing of engineering graduates in the government service, with discussion led by Mr. I. W. Litchfield, '85.
There were sixteen or more Tech men present from different parts of the country, including Professor F. H. Newell of the University of Illinois, Dean A. A. Potter of the Kansas Agricultural College, Professor G. F. Swain, Director A. L. Williston of the Wentworth Institute, Director W. B. Russell of the Franklin Union, Dean W. E. Mott and Dean F. L. Bishop of Pittsburgh, and others.