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In this work, too, his singleness of purpose and sturdiness and independence of character enabled him to do a very excellent work. He made one of the best of the records made by men doing such work at the camps and cantonments, and established a record in the handling of his men and his "mess at this camp, which won unusually favorable general comment, and just recognition from Major-General H. L. Scott, the commanding officer at Camp Dix, who wrote to him under date May 12, 1919:
"Before relinquishing command of Camp Dix I desire to record with you my commendation and appreciation of the manner in which you preformed your work as commanding officer of the utilities company at this camp. The splendid record which you have made stamps you as a most efficient and capable officer. You handled the various problems in connection with your work most creditably and the excellent manner in which the utilities company functioned at all times, is something in which you can justly take great pride.
Your assignment to important duties in construction work along the Mexican Border proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that your splendid services to the Government are as well known to Washington as they are to us at Camp Dix.
In parting, I wish you the best of success and trust it may be my good fortune to see you often in the future.
Strong and friendly words from an officer of the highest distinction in the United States Army, and be it said, one having the reputation of a martinet.
A colonelcy was offered to Major Warner, in Washington, by the Construction Division, which he refused, realizing the greater service which he could render at Camp Dix.
In his work upon the Mexican Border, Warner again exhibited this same constructive ability and personal modesty, coupled with the willingness that others should derive full advantage from his work.
One of his associates, Lt.-Col. F. G. Chamberlain, in a letter to him from Camp Travis, Texas, under date January 26, 1920, wrote:
"I want to write and express to you my appreciation for having had the pleasure of working with you for some very pleasant and strenuous eight months. You know and I know that any success that has been made of the Mexican Border project is due entirely to your strong personality and your untiring and never-ending efforts to make a success of every undertaking. Washington has given me credit for the success of this job to date, and I have told them and will continue to tell them that the success is not mine but is due to a combination of your wide experience, exceeding mine by many years, and never-failing counsel in the hundred and one problems which come up through all this construction. . . . Only a big, broad man could have undertaken to work under the conditions that you did and never once let me in any way feel that you were senior not only in rank but in years of experience. You have certainly taught me a lesson which I hope will never be forgotten, in
order that whenever a similar situation arises I will be able to show the same spirit and the same co-operation that you have.”
Were better evidence needed to show Warner's ability to draw out the best in a man! A little later in transmitting to the adjutantgeneral of the army, in Washington, D. C., his recommendation for the promotion of Major Warner to a colonelcy, Major-General J. T. Dickman, then commanding officer at Fort Sam Houston, wrote of him:
"He is second in rank in carrying out the Southern Department Border project and is thoroughly familiar with it in all its details. He is a man of good judgment, trained in his profession, entirely competent, and serving the Government through his sense of patriotic duty. He has remained in the service with much sacrifice to his financial interests through his desire to be of service to his country in the emergency. He is one of the best officers in the Construction Division that I have known anywhere. It will be difficult to replace him when he is finally discharged."
This notice, which would undoubtedly have been effective in bringing promotion under normal times, became inoperative because of the general order which had been issued suspending temporary promotions.
Major Warner was transferred thereafter to the Presidio, at San Francisco, California, being placed upon General Liggitt's staff, in charge of utilities of the Western Department. It was while there that he was suddenly stricken, on October 2, 1920, on the Presidio golf field, and died shortly after being taken by military ambulance to the Fairmont Hotel.
The War Department accorded a military funeral from the home of his friend, Mr. Walter Bliss, the services being held at the Presidio Chapel, Chaplain Birch officiating, amongst the honorary pallbearers being his classmate, Frederic Harvey, '92.
The Class of '92 may well take pride in the splendid record of public service made by Murray Warner a fearless advocate for the right, a courteous acquaintance, a warm and loyal friend.
DR. SUZZALLO SPEAKS BEFORE STUDENT BODY
Talks on "The Working Code of the College Man"—first
"WE must learn to glorify co-operation as we now glorify liberty," said Dr. A. Henry Suzzallo, president of the University of Washington at the convocation in Walker Memorial Tuesday afternoon, November 16. "A leader should not attempt to dominate; he interprets the aspirations of men and must recognize their limitations as to the sacrifices they can make."
"Remember," he went on to say, "It is the hard life which develops leadership. Napoleons were never made at pink teas - they were made at riots in the streets.
Dr. Suzzallo's subject was "The Working Code of the College Man." He emphasized the importance of alternate leadership, saying that one day the college president is the most important factor in life, while the next day the lawyer might be in the ascendency, while on still another day the plumber would mold the destinies of people. This last brought a hearty response from the audience.
Dr. Elihu Thomson, acting president, presided at the convocation. Dr. Suzzallo's familiarity with local educational problems and conditions was well established when he wrote his thesis on "The History of Education in Massachusetts" for his doctorate of philosophy from Columbia University. Dr. Suzzallo received both the A.M. and the Ph.D. from Columbia. He previously was graduated at the California State Normal School in 1895 and had received a degree from Leland Stanford University in 1899.
He has had a wide range of educational experience. For many years he was principal of schools in California. He was professor of education at Leland Stanford University and was a member of the faculty at the Teachers' College at Columbia. He has been president of the University of Washington for the last five years.
Besides his work in the field of education, Dr. Suzzallo has found time to be active in various state affairs. He was chairman of the Washington State Council of Defense from 1917 to 1919. At the time of the revolutionary strike of the "reds" in Seattle, he was appointed by the governor to act with the state's attorney general in handling the situation. The strike, as we all know, did not accomplish what the "reds" desired and broke up in a few days. In October, 1918, he was appointed wage umpire for the National War Labor Policy Board, and in this capacity settled some sixty disputes between laboring men and factory owners. In referring to this the Doctor modestly said that he
was the neutral member on a board of three representatives of labor and three representatives of capital.
At the present time, Dr. Suzzallo is a member of the Washington State Board of Education and the State Board of Geological Survey. He is also vice-president of the National Parks Association.
Dr. Suzzallo is an educational author of note, having published among others, two books: "The Teaching of Spelling," and "The Teaching of Arithmetic." Since 1909 he has been editor of the Riverside Educational Monographs. He is in Boston to confer with his publishers, Houghton & Mifflin.
Dr. Suzzallo is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, a fellow of the A. A. A. S., member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and others.
FEDERAL BOARD STUDENTS WELCOMED TO
"Do not let your work get ahead of you and come out for some activity," was the keynote of the speakers at the recent banquet of the Federal Board students. Plans were made for the formation of a society to promote closer relationship between Federal Board students at the Institute.
Dean A. E. Burton, who was the first speaker, welcomed the men to Technology and cautioned them about trying to carry too many subjects. A thorough understanding of a few subjects was much better than a hasty idea of many. He advocated entrance into the social side of the Institute and advised the men to join a professional society in which they are interested and come out for some activity.
Mr. Fred T. C. McLeod, New England Federal Board head, brought the wishes of his office for a successful society and impressed upon the men the advisability of getting the best that Technology had to offer, remembering that the whole country was watching the success of the Federal Board students.
Professor J. W. Howard, who is the Federal Board counsellor for Technology, welcomed the opportunity of meeting the men in a group and extended an invitation to them to come in and see him any time at his office. He also emphasized the importance of doing a few things well in preference to crowding in many subjects.
At the close of the dinner a committee composed of L. D. Warrender, '22, Felix Stapleton '24, E. J. Weininger, '24, G. F. Taylor, '23 and T. W. Barton was elected to draw up the constitution and by-laws and present them at a dinner to be held the third week in January.
NEW SERVICE IN MEMORIAL DINING ROOM Radical change in policy as a result of long-continued dissatisfaction with Walker's meals and prices
WITH the beginning of the January term the dining service in Walker Memorial was taken over by Smith & Philbrook of the Georgian restaurants in Boston and Cambridge. For a long time, especially during this fall, the service and the food have been the subject of so much criticism that the Administrative Committee made up their minds that something must be done, in order that the Walker Memorial Restaurant might be made to give more satisfactory service. The problem of just what to do was by no means an easy one.
Smith & Philbrook do not expect to make any change in the personnel of the Walker Memorial, but expect to gradually change the service so that eventually it will be the equivalent of the Georgian Cafeterias.
The Restaurant will continue to be run for the account of Technology, and Smith & Philbrook undertake the work of management solely because they are willing to render a service to Technology.
The following report is the result of an investigation of the Walker Memorial Dining Service made by Edward A. Ash, '22. While it was made prior to the announcement that Walker would probably be under new management next term, the material included comprises the most valuable information on the Walker Dining Service yet made public.
It was not until the fiscal year of June, 1919, to June, 1920, that the dining service settled down and functioned under normal conditions. Up to that time it had had an assured patronage due to the different branches of the service and was a paying proposition. During this period the total deficit of $22,926 accumulated. An average of 1200 students a day was served.
This year if the present system is not radically changed an even greater loss will evidence itself. Because of the increase in the price of food and an undercurrent of propaganda among the students, the number using the hall this year has dropped 33%. Losses averaging from $350 to $400 are being incurred weekly.
The cause of this deficit does not lie in poor judgment in buying of supplies and selling of refuse. This is well attended to by the superintendent of the Service. Supplies are bought at regular hotel prices and are of the best quality. The hotel price is the price between wholesale and retail at which materials are bought for from 300 to 2000 people a day. Walker buys most of these in Charlestown directly from the railroad cars. In some cases Walker has the advantage of being able to buy wholesale. Thus it buys flour by the carload directly from the mills in Minneapolis and the load is run to the Technology tracks and is