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malodorous Packingtown district, and by an inspection of
the 39th. street sewage disposal plant on the lake front.
The entire inspection trip was thus confined to the im-
mediate vicinity of Chicago, but the city affords abundant
opportunity for observing almost any kind of engineering
work. The proximity of the university of Illinois to this
great industrial center means much at the time of thel an-
nual inspection trips.


The Ameiican, Association of Engineers, Uni-
versity of Illim^is Student Chapter, was host to the
entire College of Engineering at the Home-coming
Smoker held in the (iym Annex, Thursday evening
October 28. A crowd of t!()0 turned ont, making it
the largest departmental affair of the year. Prof.
Gordon Watkins talked on "Industrial Unrest" Prof.
W. M. Wilson, and Prof. C. C. Wiley were the otlier
S])eakers. A jazz orchestra entertained, while the
brother engineers ]iut away donghnnts, milk, and
api)les, and talked shop or football annd the haze of
myriad Fatimas.

The A. A. E's policy is to present as far as
])ossible the viewpoints of prominent faculty mem-
bers of other (\)lleges of the University who have
iid'ormation which is of great value to student engi-
neers. In line with this jiolicy, the following s])eak-
ers have been he.ird al the bi-weekly \\'eduesda,v
iiiglil iiH'ct ings :

I'l-of. (\ II. Woolbert -•■Why and How Engi
ncers Should I';xi)ress Themselves Convincingly."

I'rof. K. II. Sutherland — "Sociology and tin;

Januarti, 1921



Prof. H. J. Mclutiri^— "Coal Is Kiuj?."
Mr. W. E. Ediiiofoii — "JlntlK'Hiatifs and (lie

Mr. N. T. Peef — "Socialism and tiie Engineer.""
Tlie A. A. E. lias in addition put over two otlier
stunts — an o])en mixer ("Meet Your Friends, (Ireet
Your Profs, and Eat Yoin- Fill""), and a get-togetlier
in tlie Cliieago ('liajiter (•hih-i-ooiiis after the Cliicago

Officers of the A. A. E. foi- the tirst semester,
191^0-21, are:

President— Harold .1. :\loek, "I'l
Vice-President — Leroy M. Dangremond, '-'1
Secretary — Lewis J. Wargin, "22
Treasurer— Miles 1>. (".itton. "2!

The A. A. E. adojited the (onstilulion of the
Associated Engineering Societies in Xovemlier, ami
was admitted to membership Dec. 2, so that it is
now represented on the Engineering Council. The
Association is especially interested in the projx); ed
Human p]ngineering Congress suggested for next
spring, since such problems are directly in its field.
A. A. E. is also backing the Co-operative Selling
scheme jilanned for the College of Engineering.

In the membership drive which closed Dec. ol,
the Association took in many new mend)ers, espec-
ially from the Freshman Class. Nearly all Seniors
are either already in A. A. E., or jtlan to join before
graduation. Any engineer, including chemical engi-
neers and Industrial Administration men, are cor-
dially invited to join the local chai)ter, share in its
activities, and be in line for national niembershii) on
gradujition. The student dues are |."{ i)ei' year, wliicli
includes a year"s subscription to the Professional
lOngineer, the Association"s official ])ublica1ion.

The American Association of Engineers finished the
year with the most strenous program the local chapter has
attempted since: its foundirfg here in 1917. With between
200 and 250 members it is the largest engineering society
on the campus, due to two facts: first, it is for engineer-
ing students of all courses and all classes; and second, its
objects and activitielj appeal to all engineers who feel
that more than a technical training is necessary for suc-
cess in the outside world.

"The objects of this Association shall be to raise the
standards of ethics of the engineering profession, and to
promote the) economic and social welfare of engineers."
Thus reads the motto of the national organization, which
is already the largest engineering association. It has sur-
passed the great technical societies, because its field is
entireily separate, and because such activities as safeguard-
ing the profession's welfare in proposed engineering legis-
lation, fighting for an engineer at the head of the newly
proposed Cabinet position, the Deipartmet of Public Works,
carrying on a valuable service clearing house, and the
like, are all drawing to it the forward-looking younger
blood of the engineering profession.


On December lOth. the Railway Club enter-
tained Jlr. L. K- Sillcocx, General Superintendent
of Motive Power of the Chicago, Milwaukee and Si.
Paul Railroad Company. Mr. Sillcox g:ive a vei-y
interesting talk on "Making '\\'ork ,i daiue.""

For the regular meeting on .Januaty (ith. i'ro-
fessor Ciordon Watkins has pi-omised to address the
("lull on the subject of "Dynanuc Changes in Labor

A committee of practical railncid men has re-
cently been apiK)inte(l l)y the Amei-ican Railway
Engineering Association, at the suggestion of Dean
C. R. Richards of the College of Engineering, to
cooperate with the Department of Railway Engin-
eering for the mutual benefit of that dei)artuient
and tlie railroads of the State of Ulinois. The com
mittee is composed of Mr. H. R- Safford, President
of the A. R. E. A. and Assistant to the President
of the C. B. & Q. R. R., Chairman ; Mr. A. S- Bald-
win, Operating Vice President of the I. C. R. R. :
Jlr. C. A- Mor.se, Chief Engineer of the C. R. I. &
P. K. K.; Mr. A. F. Robinson, C. E. "80, Bridge Engi-
neer of the D L. & W. R. R .\t a meeting of this
committee held at tlie Cniversity on Xovend)er l.~>th
plans were discussed as to the i)lacing and advance-
ment of graduates in Railway Engineering, thereby
encouraging a larger enrollment in the department.
The committee will also act in an advisory ca])acity
with regard to research and desirable changes in
the curriculum now offered to undergraduates.



The experimental crossing placed on the north-bound
track of the Illinois Central main line where it crosses
Chester St, in Champaign is an item of interest to rail-
way men and others engaged in transportation. The cross-
ing was made of reinforced concrete planks laid in some-
automobiles and heavy trucks, it has given satisfactory
surface crossing.

The continued decrease in timber supply with its at-
tendant high prices makes the use of oak and other first
class lumber practically prohibitive. Inferior material in
public crossings fails in such a short time that economy
forbids its use. For a number of years railroads have
attempted to solve the crossing problem by using substi-
tutes for wood. Concrete planks and macadam with mas-
tic binders seem to meet the requirements best. The
first cost of. installation of these crossings is somewhat
heavier than is that of the wooden crossing, yet their life
is enough longer to warrant their construction.

This crossing was built jointly by the Illinois Central
Railroad Company and the Universal Portland Cement
Company at the request of Professor E. E. King of the
University of Illinois. The crossing was installed in May
1U20. While it is subject to frequent traffic-wagons,
what the same manner as wooden planks on the ordinary
service in every way.


TUH ti;("iin(>(;kai'ii

Jamiari/, 1921

i:lk("tki('A1, i:\(;tnket{tn(1 notes

.1. .M. Aj^ii.'w

Tlie Elcrli-ical i;iij;iiu'criiij; Socicly. live wire
elect ric:il club, lias liad s<>vei-,il jiood talks this year
and it is IkiikmI that iiuirc will follow. On October
22, I'i'of. I'aiiie gave a talk on "lOlectrical Accidents''
that was of benefit to the listeners, and J. E. Aiken
spoke on his experiences as radio o]perafor last snin-
nier. The Xoveiiilier ."> nieeliiii;' was addressed by
('a]plaiM KliMinbouuli. iiisi rnclor in sijjnjilling, on the
work of the siunai corps (i\crseas. U. J. Herriuan
icild iif suimiicr life at Camp Alfred Vail. At tlii.s
iiieelin^ 1 ». Iv Woods. 11. A. I'.rown. and C. vS. Parker
of the Iv !•:. faculty, and ('apt. i;iiiinil)ou<;li of the
signal corps were el('cte<l to houoi-arv mendiership in
the society. The cooperative bnying plan was again
discnssed. and definite action started by the ap-
|iointinent of two nienibeis. .1. K. Lindley "21, and
('. L. Conrad '22. to serve on a jternianent committee
witii re|>resentatives of the other engineering clubs
and at least two members of the faculty. This com-
mittee has power to act as long as no money is ex-
jiended from the funds of the various clubs.

The next meeting, November 19, was devoted to
the showing of a movie, "King of the Rails" put out
b\' the General Electric Company. The selection of
Dean Jordan as the chairman of the faculty board of
advisers for the cooperative store was announced.
On December 3 C. N. Clark '22, gave a description
of a i)ower system in West Virginia where he spent
last summer. M. H. Cook, '21, gave an account of the
senior engineers' in.spection trip to Chicago, Milwau-
kee aiul Joliet. The experiences related, often Im-
nu)rous and in some cases almost pathetic, were in-
teresting to everyone, and some of them may help
future engineers on similar trips.

On Decend)er 17 a joint meeting with the A. I.
E. E. was held in the E. E. Lab. and w'as addressed
by V. IT. Hurkhart and H. A. Brown of the E. E.
Dept. .Ml-, linrkliart told of the opportunities for
E. E. and il. E. gi-aduates with the Westinghouse
Electric and Manufacturing Co.

Mr. Brown discussed the elimination of static
currents in receiving, and several types of instru
ments and circuits for reducing these disturbances
to a minimum were illustrated. A description was
given of Alexanderson's new system, which when
installed on Long Island will enable the station to
communicate directly with all other stations thru-
out tlie world. The .system also gives and increase
in business cajiacify of ITo times the present nri.\i-
iiiuni. l''ollowing his talk, Jlr. Brown gave a short
radio concert of band and vocal selections.


The annual insju'ction tri|i of the upper class
students was made during the week beginning Nov.
22. The party was under the direction of Prof. R.
K. llursh. The first day was spent in Chicago visit-
ing the Northwestern Terra Cotta Co., The Chicago
I'ottery (^o.. The Midland Terra Cotta Co., and The
Cof)idey Mfg. Co. From there the party went to
Ottowa and inspected the National PMre Proofing
Co., The National Plate Glass Co., and had lunch as
guests of the former company. At Streator, the
party visited the plants of the Streator Brick Co.,
The Streator Drain Tile Co., The Western Glass
Co., The American Bottle Co.. and The Streator Mfg.

The party consisted of fourteen seniors and jun-

On Nov. 18, the Student Branch of the Ameri-
can Ceramic Society met and were given an excel-
lent talk by Prof. Watkius of the Economics depart-
ment upon "Economics and the Engineer".

On Dec. 16, tlie Student Branch was addressed
by Dr. Bunting upon "The Effect of Dissolved
Gasses in Glass". Prof. C- W. Parmelee also gave
an interesting illustrated talk upon the manufacture
of carborundum wheels.

Sinse the last issue of THE TECHXOGRAPH.
Mr. G. R. Shelton has been appointed to the Corning
Glass Works Fellowship of the American Ceramic
Society. Mr. Shelton is working on the prolilem of
viscosity of glass.

The department of Ceramics gave a display of
all materials and products u.sed in the chemical in-
dustry at the Chem Open House on Dec. 17. The
display was under the direction of R. E .Arnold,
V. K. Haldeniau and N. A. Ragland.

A Committee on Power Test Codes has been appointed
by the Council of The American Society of Mechanical
Engnieers to revise and extend the Power Test Codes of
the Society.

The purpose of the Power Codes is to provide stand-
ard directions for conducting and reporting performance
tests of power-plant and heat apparatus, such as are most
commonly undertaken in commercial work. They are suf-
ficiently comprehensive to apply to tests which determine
all the details of the performance, but selected parts of
the code may be used for tests of limited scope. They
apply further to tests which concern the fulfillment of
performance guarantees and to acceptance tests.

The University of Illinois has four of its faculty on
this committee. Professor G. A. Goodenough is a member
of the Main Committee, Dean C. R. Richards is Chairman
of the individual Committee on Fuels of which Professor
S. W. Parr is a member, and Professor J. M. Snodgrass
is Chairman of the Committee on Locomotives.




W'cusel Mitraid, in. e. "78, has been presidt-iit and
manajjer of tlie iloi-ava Constrnction Co. since

Fred A. Lirtzc, c. e. '81, has had charge of the con-
struction of a :U1 acre reservoir as city engineer of
Carlyle, 111.

William Btirchiy, c. e- '87, has been city engineer of
Kansas City since 190'J.

Col. W. R. Bobcrts. c. e. '88, is in the engineering and
contracting business and specializing in industrial

Lincoln Bush, c. e. '88. is president of Bush, Roberts
& Schaefer Co. and manager of bridge construc-
tion, foundations, etc.

Philip Steel, m- e. '89, is chief operating engineer of
the S])ringtiel<l Ave. i)nnii)ing station for the city
of Cliicago.

Frank II. Clark, ni. e. '9(1, writes us that lie is techni-
cal advi.sor on tlie Chinese (Tovernnient Railways
to the llinistvy of Coinniunications in Cliina. His
duties are in the direction of the standardization
of cars, locomotives and other eiiuipment.

Fred L. BiintOH, m. e. '91, is president of Hunton iV
Bockins Co., in tiie line of selling and installing
heating plants.

Willurd A. Boyd, arch- '91, designs new jilaiils and
develops new processes for the Dii I'ont ('uinpany
at Wilmington, Del.

Bcnjaniin A. ir«(7, c. e. 'Wl, is division engineer for
the C. K. I. .Vc P. Railroad.

Williain C. Lciiicn, c. e. '95, does consulting work on
river and harbor and fortification projects for the
United States Engineer Department- He holds
the position of Division Assistant Engineer.

Harry W. Baum, c. e. '95, went into the contracting
business for himself last year.

Henry Burt, c. e. '9(), is engineer and manager for
tlie architectural firm of Holabird iS; Roche, Chi
cago. He has recently been honored by being elect
ed president of the AVestern Society of Engineers.

Oscar Xtrchlav, c. e. '9(i, is constructing engineer for
H. A. Hayworth ,of Chicago, and confines most of
his attention to this branch of engineering

Homer Linn, ui. e. '9(i, is industrial engineer for the
American Radiator Co., Chicago.

(lc(ir(/e ]j. (Irinns. m. e. "97. is president and general
manager of the (liinies .Moulding Co., Detroit,

Bert A. (Ini/iiKiii, m. e. ■!)7, is secretary and asst-
treasurer of the Link Belt Co., Chicago-

(leorge J. Bay, c. e. '98, was made chief engineer
of the D. L. & W. Hailroad in 1920.

^\'illilnll ./. linnrn. arcli. '0(1. practices architecture
at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Edward P. Boyd, arch, '01, after having served the
state and federal government as Supt. of Con-
struction of U- S. Public Buildings for five years,
has entered private practice at Aklalnuiia City.

Alfred C. Lc tSound, c. e. '0.?, is assistant engineer of
the Union Pacific Railroad and has been in charge
of railway construction since 1915.

Seymour D. Broun, c. e. "01, is connected with the
American International Corporation. He is assis-
tant to their rejiresentative to France and lie man-
ages their Paris office.

Jolni Ij. Huchanan, e. e. '01, is president of the Wesco
Sii|)i)ly Co- During the war he had charge of the
^lass Hospital ('enter and later the Jlisvis Hospit-
al ("enter.

Charles IJ. Sims. c. c. '(15, makes harbor designs,
orders mateiials, writes specifications, etc. for tin'
Harbor Department of llic City itf Los ,\ngeles,
("a I if.

,1/. /.. (')irr. e. e. '05, is director of the research laiiora-
tories for the Safe Cabinet Co., Manetta, ( >.

/>■ /'. //"(/. c. c. "(Ki. informs ns that he is chief engi-
neer of the lioiicr plant of the Haker-I )unl)ar-Alleu
Co.. at Cle\eland.

.1/. a. Case. c. e. "DC. is research enginei'r f(U- the
.Vmerican Sontlieiti Uridge Co.

ir. .1. hniijiii. c. e. ■()7. teaches ( ". 10. as associate
]irofessor at l'iir<hie-

A*. I). ■/( sxiiji. III. e. 07. is in the sjie'cial process de-
]iMrtnieiit of the \\'esterii Electric Co. at Chicago.

Liirix McDoiKild. c. e. '08, has charge of engineering
the sales for the Chicago Bridge & Iron \V(n-ks.

C. li. Xiiltc, 111. e. '00. is general iii.inager (»f the R-
M'. Hunt Co.. of Chicago, constructing railway



January, 1921

S. B. Wright, m. e. '(1!), jittouds to the sales for the
Texas Co. His positiim is that of Assistant Super-


//• J), liinniiiiii, e. e. "1((, as consiiltiii;^ and inaclic
inj; enjiiiit'er al Sail l.:ikc Citv s|ic(iali/.cs in Imilil

Aitliiir ('. (Irii iriiiik. c, c. "lO. of Sau Fi-aiieisco, was
a "home comer." and is wvy entliusiastie over his
prospects owinj; to .some patents recently allowed
for the construction of reiuforced-concrete open-
top railroad cars.

H. I). Easlcrhrook, e. e. "10, is sales en<;ineer for the
AN'estinjjhon.se Electric ('o., at Los Angeles, Calif.

IL K. Burton, c- e. "11, lias his own private bnsiness
at San -I nan, Porto Kico, selling construction sup-
plies and doing eugiueeriug work.

Clair E. Audvrson, e. e. '11, is sales manager for the
American Everreadv Co., at IN^ewark, N. J.

Harry J. Klotz. m. e. Ml', supervises plant operation
and testing e(iuipmcnt for Webster and Stone,
Boston, Mass.

Harry F- Glair, m. e. "111. is at AVhiting. liid. and is
superintendent of the I'aralfine ^^'orks of the
Standard Oil Co.

C. M. Fuller, m. & s. e. M:'., pilots the Ely .V Fuller
engineering and constriiction company, .lauesville.

Gurrncy H. Cole, e. e. "i;!, is doing general research
for the Westinghouse people at Wilkinslinrg, Pa.

Roscoe H. Albright, c. e- "1."'., has charge of design,
layout, construction, and maintenance of the Fire-
stone Tire and Kubber Co., Akron, (J.

L. DeForetst, m. e. '14, is assistant engine-house fore-
man for the C. C. C. & St. L. K. K at Belfontaine,
Ohio. He has charge of a terminal dispatching
from 7.~> to 100 engines daily and employing 350

/'. L. White, ni. e. '14, has charge of special machine
tool equipment, gear work, and miscellaneous job-
bing woi-k in the engineering department of the
Barl)er Colmau Co. at Kockford, 111-

John H. Miller, e. e. 'l.">, has lieen with the Jewell
Electrical Instrument Co. since 1911). He was gen-
eral engineering su]M'rvision of instruments.

Lloyd I). KiKipjj. c. e. "l."), is terminal engineer for
the Trans-Mississijipi Terminal Kailroad.

L. S. Morrill, n\- e. '1(1. is pi-oduction manager of the
IMirand Steel I.ocker Co., (Mucago Heights, 111.

Chiirlrs W. MeCiniibrr. arch. Ui, is with Wm. .Me
Cnndter & Son. Chic-igo. Cliicago. general linildiug

M. C. Hughen, e. e. "U!, is general foreman in charge
of the test department of the Xew York Edison Co.

F, M. Finn. arch. '17. is general superintendent in
full chaige of tlie construction of the Uolfman
Construclion Co.. Lawrence, JIass.

t^tanton Walker, m. & e. e., "IT. does research in
concrete and concrete m;ilciials for the Portland
Cement Association.

Ahnihnni lihtikshnir, c. c. "IS, designs |io\ver plant
sl:it ions ill l'.osl<iii.

.1/. /v. Gniliinn, e. e. MS, is snpciiiilciideiil in full
charge of one j)laiil of the N'aiighan lV: I'.usliiicll
Mfg- Co., Chicago. 111.

Harry H. Chainnau. m. e. "lil, is sales engineer for
the Westinghouse IMectric Co.

Arllinr K. »sV//((/f'r.vo;/, in. e. M'.t, is assistant engineer
and does foundry and machine shop estimating
for Love, Bros., Aurora, 111.

Walt Hpiiuller, c. e. '20, writes: "This C. E. game
is like checkers, I move again. To make sure that
I'll get the TFCHXOGRAPH hereafter please send
it to my home address,wlii ch is 100 LaSalle Ave.,
Peoria, 111."

Xorral E. Anderson, c. e. "L'O, now with the Sanitary
District of Chicago, writes: "I have been fortu-
nate in getting some real engineering problems "to

I ry my teeth on"' as Prof. Baker would say. When I

took the job of .Junior assistant Sanitary Engineer,

the last thing I expected to do was to design arches,

but that is just what I have been doing for about two


A special committee of ttie American Association of
Railway Engineers visited the engineering college of the
University on November 15 to investigate its needs and to
pledge its assistance to the Univetrsity in securing an
increased appropriation from the state legislature. The
railway men were brought together at an informal recep-
tion with the members of the faculty and later a commit-
tee meeting was held at which Dean Riohards outlined
in detail the needs of the College of Engineering. The
committeei expressed its satisfaction with the work that
is being done under adverse conditions.

"Wte are greatly impressed with the general outlay
that we have observed in our tour this afternoon." stated
H. R. Stafford, "and we admire the organization that is
striving to do its best even though it is hindered through
lack of appropriations by the state legislature."

The committed consisted of A. F. Robinson, c. e. 'SO,
bridge engineer of the Santa Fe system; H. P. Satford,
assistant to the president of the Chicago. Burlington &
Quincy railroad; G. J. Ray, '98, chief engineer of the
Delaware Lackawanna and Western railroad; and C. A,
Morse, chief engineer of the Chicago, Rock Island and Paci.
tic railroad.


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The Technograph

University of Illinois

Till- Die Cnstinji I'l-occss -lolm W. Han-iiiiMii il'.i

Smiiiiiei- Engineering Work Bi-uce W. Benedl.t Hi::

(ileanings from an Old Volnnie <>( the ('olonial I'ei-iod . . Hali)ii Stanlee Fanning Id.".

TJie New Water Iniponnding Dam at Decatnr, Illinois .... -lolni C. Allnian 107

I'eter Jnnkersfeld F- M. Wright 1(1!)

Tonerete Slab Kailroad Bridges K. H. Siecke 11(1

Revamping a Heating System Kobert F. Doepel 115

Mexico and the Engineer E. O. G-adaval llfi

The Story of the Army Trnck M. H. Cook IIS

The New York-]S"ew Jersey ^■eili(■ul;n■ Tunnel I. K. Holmes ILM)

Coal Studies at the Fniversily of Illinois H. W. I'arr iL'l

Oil and tlie Engineer Harold H. Osborn li'L'

Editorial '-^

Clay Deposits; Prosiieeting and Exploiation H. L. Bramwell ll'C,

Research in Mechanical Refrigeration Horace -f. Macintire 1128

The Antioch Plan K. A. Harvey i:!()

Practical Hints A. L. R. Sanders 131

Departmental Ncjtes l-'^

Ahunni Xotes '■"


Ralph W. Ibenfehlt, '21 Editor

Kurt H. Siecke, '21 As.sistant Editor

Robert P. Doepel, '21 Assistant Editor

Lloyd B. Baker, '22 Assistant Editor

Arthur J. Ingold, '22 .... ' Assistant Editor

Hurlbert V. Cheever, '21 Art Editor

Fred W. Scheineman, '22 Business Manager

Reginald P. Packard, '21 Assistant Business Manager

Walter A. Mueller, '22 Assistant Business Manager

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