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greatly curtailed, it is likely, by war conditions and their extra work in military drill, yet some of them will go on and it is to be hoped that the most important of them will have their office as originally planned, and that the student body will eat and have their meetings and social occasions in the Memorial.
In the Memorial there will be a great dining hall, the largest in Greater Boston, which will readily seat eight or nine hundred, smaller refectories scattered about in other parts of the building, a vast gymnasium in which several companies of the cadet corps can perform their evolutions if necessary, and a grand foyer for the students, who, under the new conditions, will have supplied to them the one feature that Technology life has lacked to a considerable extent, the opportunity for the students to get together under favorable conditions for personal intercourse.
The Walker Memorial will have sufficient rooms for the comfortable housing of student activities, a library, some space reserved for the instructing staff, rooms, and courts for indoor sports, and will be in fact the great meeting ground for the twenty-five hundred individuals who are expected to form the Technology family.
The architectural features of the Memorial will be in harmony with the new Technology. The building will be three stories high, with the esplanade front simple and in keeping with the educational in architecture. Entering, the visitor will find himself in a spacious tripartite lobby, with a great lounge on one side and the equally large library and reading-room on the other. Straight ahead will be the dining hall with its 9,000 square feet of floor space, and back of this the kitchen and service room. The building is H-shape in form, the dining-room being the bridge.
The dining hall goes up two stories, the second forming a balcony, affording consultation niches and on social occasions will afford a splendid vantage ground to see what is going on, for the great hall will be used for mass meetings, dances and other great student functions.
The undergraduate attitude towards the use of the Memorial by the government is reflected clearly and eloquently in a recent editorial in The Tech which sees how essentially fitting it is that the building named after a gallant soldier should be given up as the home of soldiers in a great war.
A WORTHY DEDICATION
"This fall there is to be completed a building which perhaps means more to the hearts of Technology men than does any other part of the great group. For years Technology men have been looking forward to the completion of the Walker Memorial, a monument conceived as a loving tribute to the memory of Francis Amasa Walker. The building has, this summer, been taking form in the midst of the strenuous war preparation being carried on at the Institute. Now suddenly comes the opportunity to use it for a greater purpose than was originally conceived of,—for the housing of the five hundred students in the schools which the government has done Technology the honor of establishing here. The announcement of this use is surprising, but upon second thought one finds it quite the natural thing. "Two hundred army aviation students, sixty naval cadets, and two hundred men for the proposed Naval Aviation School, will be quartered here by September. When school reopens there will be little room for these men in the regular Institute rooms, especially in view of the increased registration expected. But here we have a half-million dollar building providentially adequate to take care of the need. What could be clearer than Technology's duty in such a case?
"An examination into the life and personality of the man to whom this great Memorial has been erected lends further approval to the plan for its utilization by these government military schools. General Walker was a soldier,—a man who believed in the training of the youth in military directions, who believed it a good thing for a young man to acquire the attitude of serious earnestness which comes through war service. What could please him more, then, than to know that this building was being used as an aid in the preparation of young men for service in our Nation's army and navy? There can exist no doubt in the minds of men who knew him as to what his action in the matter would be at this time. The Corporation could have found no more fitting way than this to dedicate the Memorial, and future undergraduates will hold the building in the more veneration to know that it began its career in such a service."
BOSTON, June 25, 1917.
To the Editor of the Review:
If you have a corner for it, I should like to put on record how kind to me were Institute men during my visit to China last winter. It began at Hong Kong, where Mr. Arthur L. Todt, '14, was very civil, and took me across the harbor to Kowloon in the launch of the Standard Oil Company. It continued at Shanghai with emphasis. Here I was called upon by Chinese graduates, and afterward given by them a most delightful tiffin at a Chinese restaurant in Central Park with native dishes. The men present were C. Y. Wên, '08, professor of mining, Peking Government University; Ziang Yien Chow, '14, chief engineer, Ministry of Interior; Turpin P. Hsi, '14, sanitary engineer, Tsing Hua College, Peking; T. S. Chu, '15, lent constructor, Chinese navy; T. C. Hsi, '15; P. T. Mar, '15, assistant constructor, Chinese navy; Y. T. Ying, '14, teacher, Chung Hwa University; G. S. Ling, '14, assistant engineer of Cuh Chin Railroad. The dishes, which included an egg which gave its age as eighty years, were some curious, some really delicious. The egg was so preserved that it had no flavor of decay and was not disagreeable, although I did not especially like it. Later the American graduates were gathered for a dinner at the house of William W. Stevens, '98, and whether the men enjoyed it or not, I certainly did. The question of leaving depending upon me as guest and oldest, I kept them together until about midnight. The men, besides the host, were W. A. Adams, '08, H. C. Faxon, '08, F. W. McIntyre, '02, F. C. Mabee, '07, Julius Nolte, '98, C. L. Hall, '15, and F. R. Sites, '99. At both of these gatherings in Shanghai the warm feeling for Tech and the personal friendliness shown to me as in a way representing it were eminently good to see.
In Peking I was called upon by Mr. Ziang Yien Chow, '15, Department Surveying, Municipal Administration, and saw one or two of the other men there. As my stay was broken by a trip in the interior, and as I had a great many engagements while in town, I saw less of them, however, than I had hoped to see.
At Nanchow, when I boarded a train there, I found N. A. Thompson, '14, who is just now manager for the Standard Oil Company at Kalgar. I traveled with him very pleasantly to
Peking, and later, on his return to that city from a visit to Tientsin, I saw more of him.
The graduates I met in China seemed to be doing well, and about them was an air at once of efficiency and alertness which went far to explain why they seemed to be contented and happy. They were a set of men of whom any school might well be proud. ARLO BATES.
As Far Away as Moscow
The following is a sample of the letters that are being received in greater numbers at the Washington office, showing how even faraway alumni have been reached by the Technology organization:
"I am today in receipt of No. 9, Vol. XVIII of the TECHNOLOGY REVIEW. The fourth item in the tentative report of your committee moves me to write to you and offer my services.
"I have been personally in charge of the manufacture of a considerable variety of munitions since the very start of the war. I have been through the preliminary stages of indefinite specifications, lack of dimensions and working limits, the difficulties of interchangeability when the several parts of a given unit are produced in different factories, and the reorganization troubles caused by changing over from one product to another.
"I have been a member of advisory committees charged with the task of planning and getting into operation new factories. I have designed and superintended the manufacture of many thousands of gauges for other manufacturers. I am busy and useful here, but America has first call on my services if they are wanted and needed. 'According to the journal of the A. S. M. E., a number of prominent engineers are being appointed for army reserve engineer officers. If any engineers are sent here, they should by all means have army appointments and travel in uniform.
"Make any use of this letter you see fit. I am at my country's service in Russia or in the United States wherever I may be of most use. It has occurred to me that my knowledge of Russia and Russian might be of some use to some of the commissions that I understand have been appointed and are to be appointed to visit Russia.
Yours very truly,
(Signed) G. W. THOMAS, M. I. T., '05.
Care The Singer Company,
Moscow Government, Russia."
WILLIAM ROTCH WARE
William Rotch Ware, '75, born in 1848, and died in 1917, educated as an architect, first at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in its early days, and later at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, became, at the age of twenty-eight, the editor of the American Architect, and devoted thirty-one years of a very earnest and industrious life to that journal. During this period the art of architecture in America developed from an imitative admiration for many peculiar expressions of both French and English antecedents, crudely performed, to many admirable examples of studied, refined work thoroughly consistent with modern conditions and appreciative of the best of the past. Eccentricity gradually yielding to sanity, with the standard of requirement constantly rising, was accompanied by corresponding improvement in the art itself. During this period Mr. Ware as editor of the Architect made it the exponent of the advancing interest in architecture. His editorials and comments were stimulating to the best efforts and enlightening as to the best purposes and results. Recognizing the fact that architecture is one of the three fine arts, he held it high and stated its ideals. By the public as well as by the profession, the Architect was welcomed for its frank and fearless advocacy of the best in study and design. He obtained critical articles at a time when ignorance of architecture was profound, and the journal occupied the position of being one of the few American weeklies which was frequently quoted abroad. Under his hands it became a forum for all subjects related to the profession. His brusque personality thinly veiled a sincere and kindly humor, associated with an intolerance for shams and a dislike for suavity. Though he at times regretted that he had not been active in the actual work of his profession, his influence as an editor was so unique that no such regret was justifiable.
In a formative and adolescent epoch in American architecture he fostered high ideals, guided endeavor and called attention to achievements, and therefore encouraged all that was best in the art-a work which was widespread in its influence and well befitted the man who devoted his life to it so successfully. Few have