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each other and of learning more of the preparedness work in fields kindred to their own.
On Saturday, July 7, the club held a picnic at Ryland, Ky., enjoying there the hospitality of Colonel R. H. West. Baseball and swimming made the afternoon a pleasant one, after which those able to take a little nourishment enjoyed a chicken dinner in the true Kentucky style. Those present with their ladies were: J. B. Stanwood, '75, J. A. Hildabolt, "75, C. G. Merrell, '88, Stanley A. Hooker, '97, Herman A. Lackman, '05, C. F. Bragdon, '07, E. H. Kruckemeyer, '11, C. R. Strong, '11, E. R. Cowen, '07, and Charles F. Cellarius, '16.
Among those enlisted in the service of their country are Raynor H. Allen, '10, in the Engineer Officers' Reserve Corps at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, E. L. Shurtleff, '14, gunner U. S. N. R. F. on the U. S. S. "Minnesota," and F. C. Baldwin, '06, captain, 1st troop, 8th Division, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind.-Chas. F. Cellarius, '16, Secretary, Fourth National Bank Bldg., Cincinnati.
WASHINGTON SOCIETY OF THE M. I. T.-The following circular sent out in July by the Washington association is full of suggestions to other alumni organizations:
The Washington Alumni Association of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology requests the coöperation of all alumni, whether permanently or temporarily located in Washington, in the performance of its enlarged duties occasioned by the splendid response of Technology to the nation's needs.
Every alumnus must realize the opportunities now presented for service both to the nation and to Technology. Every one receiving this notice is urged to:
1. Report to local secretary the arrival or departure, with address, of every alumnus that he meets.
It is very important that the records be as complete as possible and that the nature of the activities of each Technology man be recorded.
2. Furnish news items for the War-time Tech. Such items should be mailed or telephoned to the Executive Secretary, Technology Clubs Associated, 908 Union Trust Bldg., Tel. Main 9326.
Personals and other news items of a more general nature are urgently needed to make The Tech interesting to all alumni.
3. Send in your subscription to the War-time Tech to The Tech,
Cambridge, Mass., or to the local secretary who will forward same promptly.
Subscription price $1.50 for 52 issues. You will find them of intense interest and to insure success for this venture a bona fide subscription list is essential.
4. Identify yourself with local association by sending your annual dues, $2.50, to local secretary.
This fee is required to defray cost of entertainments such as dinners, dances and picnics, also running expenses of an enlarged organization.
A volunteer is desired in each government department or bureau to assist the secretary in collecting and disseminating information among new arrivals whose names and addresses may be unknown. -W. C. Dean, Sec. pro tem., Bureau Construction and Repair, Navy Department, Phone Main 2790, Br. 96.
TECH MEN IN THE PUBLIC EYE
EDWARD CANFIELD, '12, captain U. S. A., is in command of the engineers who are rapidly completing the big cantonment, Camp Devens, at Ayer, Mass.
WILLIAM H. BIXBY, who was elected president of the American Society for Testing Materials at the recent convention held in Atlantic City, was born in Charlestown, Mass., in 1849. A student for two years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he was appointed to West Point and graduated from there in 1873. Serving as assistant professor of engineering at West Point from 1875 to 1879, he graduated from the French Government School of Bridges and Highways in 1881 and became lecturer on coast defenses at the U. S. Naval War College in 1887. Sent by the government to attend the French army maneuvers of 1880, he also examined and reported upon iron fortifications in Europe in 1881 and 1882. General Bixby has been in charge of U. S. river and harbor improvements in many states and has been in charge of lighthouse construction at many coast points. From 1905 to 1908 he was division engineer of the Northwestern and Western United States, and from 1908 to 1910 he was president of the Mississippi River Commission, being made chief of engineers, U. S. A. in 1910, retiring in 1913. On the outbreak of the war, General Bixby was ordered to resume duty, being placed in charge of the U. S. river and harbor improvements of the Kansas City district, with headquarters in Kansas City, but under a recent date his headquarters have been transferred to St. Louis. General Bixby is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the British Institution of Civil Engineers, the French Society of Civil Engineers, the U. S. Naval Institute, the U. S. Military Service Institution, and the British Association for the Advancement of Society. He was president of the Philadelphia Congress of the International Association of Navigation Congresses in 1912, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Pan-American Scientific Congress in 1915.
BUTLER AMES, '96, brigadier general and commander in chief of the state guard of Massachusetts, has been recommended by
the governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire for the command of all the New England National Guard units in the federal army.
"The governor recommended Colonel Ames for the position as head of the New England troops because of the fact that the latter is well qualified. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was instrumental in reorganizing light battery 'A,' M. V. M., putting it at the head of the state militia in efficiency and discipline. He went to the front in the Spanish War as lieutenant and adjutant of the 6th Massachusetts volunteer milita. At Camp Alger, Virginia, he was appointed acting corps engineer of the 2d army corps by General Graham in addition to his duties as adjutant of his regiment. In this capacity he put in driven wells, built bridges, repaired roads, etc. He went to Cuba and Porto Rico under General Miles, was in the skirmish at Guanica and Yauco road-was recommended for promotion to the colonelcy of the 6th Massachusetts regiment by his division commander, Gen. Guy V. Henry, and by his brigade commander, General Garretson, and by all the officers present with the regiment, to Governor Wolcott. He was appointed lieutenant-colonel of his regiment while in Porto Rico. He had charge of the civil administration of the northern central part of the island of Porto Rico in the fall of 1898. During his ten years in Congress he was a leading member of the committee on military affairs."
Those who know the French railway methods, and who also know something about SAMUEL M. FELTON, '73, are smiling to themselves at the prospect of Felton going over to reorganize the French railways.
When President Wilson began to organize the personnel of his National Defense Council, Mr. Felton was made one of its members, and to him was assigned the very important duty of acting as engineer-in-chief to the army.
Mr. Felton is believed to have had a greater range of railroad experience than any other railroad man in America.
He had a practical knowledge even before he had acquired the technical information. This latter he got at the Institute from which he was graduated in 1873, when he was twenty years of age. At that time, however, he already had been earning money on
railroad work, having drawn his first pay when he was fifteen. All told, he has been connected on one or another capacity on sixteen railroads, and has worked from rodman to president.
DR. C.-E. A. WINSLOW, 98, of the Yale School of Medicine, is engaged in Red Cross work in Russia. During his absence the editorship of the Journal of Bacteriology has been assumed by Professor Leo F. Rettger, Yale University.
Columbia University has conferred its doctorate of science on DR. GEORGE E. HALE, '90, director of the Mount Wilson Solar Observatory.
J. FRANKLIN MCELWAIN, '97, chairman of the shoe subcommittee of the committee on supplies of the National Council of Defense, is one of the leading shoe manufacturers of New England. Born in Charlestown, educated in the public schools of Boston and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined with his brother, William H. McElwain, in laying the foundations of a very successful industry which is as conspicuous for its fair dealing with its workers and in its social responsibility as it is for the cleverness with which it is managed. Mr. McElwain has been a vice-president of the National Boot and Shoe Manufacturers Association, and is a prominent member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce.
A committee has been appointed by the National Electric Light Association to secure subscriptions to a fund of $5,000, in recognition of the work of PROFESSOR ELIHU THOMSON. A medal is to be awarded "in any year to any citizen of the United States or Canada who at the time of the award shall not be over thirty-five years of age, and who, in the judgment of the trustees of the medal, shall have made a notable contribution to electrical science or its industrial applications through original investigation research or discovery, or through whose direct efforts a substantial contribution to the advancement of the industry shall have been accomplished."
JAMES P. MUNROE, '82, has been appointed one of three lay commissioners on the Federal Board of Vocational Education which will have control of the expenditure of some seven millions by the state educational boards of the country. Vocational education has