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(Signed) Chas. S. HOWE,




The committee appointed by the Society at the Niagara meeting to consider the proposition made by Mr. J. A. L. Waddell, that a concerted effort be made under the auspices of this Society to have published a history and biography of the engineering profession, made the following report through its chairman, Professor Arthur N. Williston.

Gentlemen: Your committee appointed to consider the proposition made to the Society at the Niagara meeting by Mr. Waddell—that a concerted effort be made under the auspices of this Society to have published a history and biography of the engineering profession-begs leave to present the following report:

The committee did not present a report at the St. Louis meeting a year ago, because there were scheduled on the program for that meeting two papers from members of the Society on the subject, copies of which the committee was unable to obtain in advance; and before these papers had been read, for the committee to present a report saying, in substance, that it saw no feasible plan by which this Society could undertake the responsibility for the publishing or editing such a work as had been recommended, did not seem a very gracious thing to do. The presentation of the report was therefore postponed.

The committee now wishes to say that the subject referred to is one in which it feels a deep interest and is in hearty sympathy with; and also that it is one in which it believes all the members of the Society are interested. The need for historical or biographical material in the engineering profession that is readily available and in suitable form for use with students, is keenly felt. Something may have already been accomplished by the discussion that has been brought out, and much good may have resulted from it. It has called attention to the need for something more and better than we now have, and it is hoped that it may also encourage the publication, at least of pamphlets and short articles in the technical press and papers in the transaction of this or other scientific societies which will cover a portion of the field. If the interest in the subject proves to be lasting, a great deal may be added to the material that we have at present, - which, perhaps it ought to be said, is not so meager as has been supposed. There is nevertheless a great need of constant additions to it.

The task, however, of gathering together the necessary material, and the difficulty of wisely editing it and presenting it in suitable style and form to make it attractive to the great variety of readers interested, and the responsibilities, both financial and otherwise-are too great, the committee believes, to make it wise or feasible for this Society as a body to undertake this work. The only way the committee feels in which it will be possible for the Society to help toward the ultimate accomplishment of this idea in which we all of us are interested, are embodied in the following recommendations:

1. The committee recommends that this Society urge all of its members, and through them, urge the members of other societies and all members of the profession to prepare for our own transactions or for the transactions of other societies, or for the technical press, articles or papers of an historical or biographical character on any subjects on which they have any special information or are so situated that they can readily obtain such information.

2. The committee also recommends that the Society urge its members to make for their own use collections and indices of such historical and biographical material as they can find in their several specialties, and that it urge them to present such indices or bibliographies to the Society for publication in its proceedings, so that other members in parallel fields of work may have the benefit.

3. The committee also recommends that the Society recommend to its present and to its future program committees the propriety of inviting each year suitable persons, either within or without the membership of the Society to present to us at our annual meeting and for our proceedings at least one historical or biographical paper. The committee feels that no subjects would be of more universal interest to our members.

4. The committee also recommends that the Society suggest to its council the advisability of offering from time to time either a special prize or honorarium, for the best papers presented in this way.

The committee believes that in each of the ways that it is here suggesting that it may be possible to bring out much more interesting and valuable information which would be otherwise entirely lost.




On motion the report was received, the recommendations were referred to the Council, and the committee discharged.

The committee appointed to audit the Treasurer's books made the following report:

We have examined the accounts of the Treasurer and compared the vouchers with the items of the report, and with the exception of one voucher from The New Era Printing Company which has not yet been returned to the Treasurer, the vouchers check with the report of the Treasurer. We find the accounts reported by the Treasurer to be correct.

Louis E. REBER,


On motion the report was accepted.

A paper on “Need for Instruction in Highway Engineering,” by Mr. A. N. Johnson, highway engineer, U. S. Department of Agriculture, was read by the author. The discussion was participated in by Professors C. Frank Allen, Raymond, Webb, Ketchum and Mr. John


A paper on “The Teaching of Agricultural Engineering in Land Grant Colleges," written by Professor C. F. Zintheo, Iowa State College, Ames, Ia., was read by the Secretary. The paper was discussed by Professors Turneaure, Ketchum and Williston.

A paper on “The Education of Mechanics," by Henry M. Lane, was read by the Secretary. The discussion on this paper was deferred until after the reading of the next paper.

A paper on “The Support of Secondary Technical Schools by the State,” by Dean F. E. Turneaure, was read by the author. The two papers were discussed by Professors Raymond, Williston, Waldo and Howe.

The report of the Committee on Requirements for Graduation was presented by the chairman, Professor Wm. G. Raymond. The discussion on the report was led by Professors Turneaure, Hibbard, Freedman, Henry, S. Munroe and Sperr.

On motion the paper on “The Progress and Influence of Technical Education," by President Victor C. Alderson, was read by title and ordered printed in the Pro

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EVENING SESSION, 8 o'CLOCK. A joint meeting was held with the American Society for Testing Materials, President McNair and President Dudley presiding.

A paper on “The Testing Engineer,” by C. B. Dudley, president of the American Society for Testing Materials and a member of the Society, was read by the author.

A paper on “A Course in the Properties of Materials,” by Professor George L. Christensen, Michigan College of Mines, was read by the author.


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