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be a mistake to spend the rest of our lives there. So they told the
old man to move. To tell the truth, he had a sort of a suppressed
longing to get back home himself.

Consequently he moved: took whatever he could get in the way of
a parish in Massachusetts, and started over again at the bottom.
That happened about a year ago. He is still in the same place
digging in, grinning, and hoping.


Born at Boston, Mass., Dec. 24, 1880. Parents: Edward Clarke, Lillie
Howard (Ely) Ellis. School: Noble and Greenough's School, Boston,

Degree: (c. 1898-1900.)


Occupation: Stock and bond salesman.

Address: (home) 69 Monmouth St., Brookline, Mass.; (business) 53 State
St. Boston, Mass.

AFTER leaving college I took up the stock and bond brokerage
business, and have not laid it down to date. I probably made
as many mistakes as the next man, maybe a few more, but after
twenty years of plugging I am not wholly dissatisfied. My early
struggles were with Messrs. Ely & Co. and Hamilton Nickerson &
Co., and now I am with Parkinson & Burr, 53 State St., Boston. Of
one thing I am convinced: there are too many bond salesman.
And in this view I feel sure that I am supported by the majority
of trustees! I think I may close this portion of my career by quot-
ing the words of an old farmer friend of mine on the Cape to wit,
that: "if my foresight was as good as my hindsight I'd have a damn-
sight more money."

My hobbies are salt-water fishing, duck-shooting, sailing, tinker-
ing with Fords and stamp collecting. On second thought I might
add playing the piano for my own gratification (nobody else's I
assure you). Am as yet unmarried but like the maiden lady in the
well-known story "I like to talk about it." As to traveling I have
been to Cuba in the good old, bad old days, before it held any es-
pecial benefits. Have also made a trip to the coast, to Europe be-
fore the war, and to the Mexican Border with the National Guard.
I traveled extensively during twenty-one months service with the
A. E. F., and got into Italy on leave, going over to Trieste from


Venice. This proved to be an interesting experience as I was there
in April, 1919, when the Americans were much in favor owing to
Wilson's lofty ideals. Later on it would not have been so com-

War Service: Enlisted with Headquarters Co., 101st Field Ar-
tillery, 26th Division, with rank of Sergeant, F. A.; was later at-
tached to Army Artillery Headquarters, Advance Echelon, and
afterward was assigned to 1st Army Headquarters Battalion with
rank of Sergeant, 1st Class, Q. M. C. Was located first at Boxford,
Mass., and later in France at Camp Coetquidan, Chassemy, Bar-
sur-Aube, La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, Frebecourt, Ligny-en-Barrois, Sou-
illy, Chatel Chehery, Doulevant-le-Chateau. Saw service in opera-
tions at Chemin des Dames, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-
Argonne. On July 25, 1917 I reported for duty with the First
Massachusetts Field Artillery. After six weeks at Boxford, sailed
for France. Spent four months in training camp and then one
month at the front: Chemin des Dames, training sector. On March
1, I was sent to Bar-sur-Aube, to join First Army Artillery H. Q.
After four months training there went out with the advance Echelon
and served at various places during Summer and Fall of 1918. I
was a Sergeant, 1st class, Q. M. C, in charge of transportation and
supplies. After the Armistice was at Doulevant-le-Chateau, and
after 14 days leave in Italy in April, 1919, sailed for home with
First Army H. Q. Bureau from Marseilles. Demobilized at Devens,
June 7, 1919.

Member: Harvard and Y. D. Clubs of Boston; Episcopalian


Born at Camden, Del., Jan. 1, 1878. Parents: Daniel Swan, Sarah Abigail
{Pierce) Ells. School: Worcester Academy, Worcester, Mass.

Degrees: A.B. 1902; A.M. 1903.

Married: Nellie Foster Wood, New York, N. Y ., July 28, 1916.

Occupation: Broker, Member of firm of Phelps & Co.

Address: (home) 38 East 81st St., New York, N. Y.; (business) 36 Wall
St., New York, N. Y.

[Adds nothing to data in Fifth Report.]

War Service: Was Commissioned Captain in the Ordance
Department, U. S. A., June 12, 1918, and was ordered to report
for duty immediately in Washington, D. C. In Washington I was
attached to the Loading Section, Procurement Division, Ordnance
Department, under Major Halstead Lindsey. Meantime, Major


Lindsey was ordered abroad on a special mission, and, on his re-
turn, he was transferred to another Division, so that my service un-
der him was only nominal. My particular work, which continued
up to the time of my discharge, was to procure the loading of ex-
plosives into trench warfare material, such as hand and rifle gre-
nades and trench mortars. Except for trips to loading points in
difi'erent parts of the country, I remained in Washington during
my term of service, which ended on Feb. 1, 1919.


Born at Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 7, 1879. Parents: Jacob, Clara (Stahl) Elsas.

School: Boston Latin School, Boston, Mass.
Degree: A.B. 1902.
Married: Bertha Blanche Rothschild, New York, N. Y., April 22, 1909.

Children: Herbert R., Feb. 1, 1910; Emily B., Jan. 7, 1914.
Occupation: Manufacturer.
Address: (home) 38 Oakdale Rd., Atlanta, Ga.; (business) Fulton Bag

and Cotton Mills, Atlanta, Ga.

IT was my misfortune to have a leave of absence for my senior
year. I had spent the previous summer traveling in Europe
with my father, which gave him ample opportunity to "persuade"
me to give up the idea of studying medicine and enter the business
he had founded; therefore, in the Fall of 1901, I started to work
for the Fulton Bag & Cotton Mills in Atlanta. In a few months
I was transferred to the New York office, and was a resident of
New York for about five years. In 1908 I returned to Atlanta.
It was a delight to be home again down South after having lived
so long North of the fading Mason and Dixon Line. I courted
my wife-to-be (a girl from Mississippi) in 1909, just after she had
passed her sophomore midyears at Barnard. I am engaged in
the same business that I entered after leaving college, having pro-
gressed from the position of office boy through the various stages
to the position of vice-president.

Starting out my business career with a deep interest in manufac-
turing problems and improvements of processes, I found less and
less opportunity for giving time to this absorbing subject, and in
recent years have been compelled to become a student of tax laws
some say that I can qualify as an expert on Regulations No. 45 and
subsequent Treasury Divisions.

I take an interest in labor-saving devices from charts to churns,
particularly labor-savers that are also safety devices for protection
of life and limb. But it has been my misfortune, both in educa-


tion and in business activities, to have had little time for satisfying
this interest; for that reason possibly it is my hobby, to which I
hope to be able to give more time and thought before long. With
a live boy of eleven, and a charming little girl of seven (good
luck for a crap-shooter), one is bound to have a new hobby ever
so often just to keep pace with them — in golf or garden.

I have been in England and Europe a half dozen times on
business and pleasure. Subsequent events illuminate an exper-
ience I had on a trip in 1913. An investigation of high boiling
tar acids took me from Glasgow to Duisburg; the Herr Director
of the Teer Ververtung sent me down to Ludwigshafen where I
met another Herr Director who had charge of all the distillates of
all the tar acids of that part of the German Empire. Every dye-
work in the Ruhr Basin got its distillates from one central source,
and dye-work managers were exchanging intermediates with brother
Prussians. It was a compact cartel managed by men with a mili-
tary stamp, ready to turn over to the manufacture of munitions on
an hour's notice.

War Service: Was Captain, Clothing and Equipage Div., Re-
search and Specifications Branch, Room No. 3545, Munitions Bldg,
Washington, D. C. When the United States declared war I applied
to the Engineer Corps. I was refused on account of defective eye-
sight, but continued my assault for a commission in the Engineer
Corps, until finally Colonel McKinney of the Engineers suggested
that I might find a way into the Engineer Corps through the Quarter-
master's Corps. About that time I found I needed an operation
even to enroll in the Q. M., so on July 4, 1918, a surgeon put me
in shape for the Army. I started work in the service about Labor
Day, and my commission as Captain emerged from a tangle of red
tape October 24. I had charge of a sub-section of the Research
and Specification Branch; the work was interesting, but the red
tape was trying. Malcolm Donald, Harvard '99, was the Civilian
Chief of the Division. My immediate Chief was another Harvard
man, and at almost every turn I met up with Harvard men in the
service. Our branch managed to save the Government some large
sums of money. On Dec. 10, 1918, I was given my discharge; my
Chief had recommended me for a Majority, but the regulations did
not permit of such promotion. The "flu" had me just an hour
before I got my discharge, and from December 10, until well into
the new year I was "hors de combat" at Washington.



Born at Reading, Mass., April 1, 1879. Parents: William Brewster, Mary
(Ward) Ely. School: Culler's School, Newton, Mass.

Degree: (5. 1898-1901.)

Married: Elizabeth M. Chapman, London, England, Sept. 25, 1901. Chil-
dren: William Brewster, Jr., Nov. 22, 1911; Morton, July 4, 1914.

Occupation: Farmer.

Address: Pittsfield, N. H.

MY desire, while in College, was to go into business immediately
I had finished. This I did, entering the organization
of the New England Telephone Co., where I remained for several
years. Then I went into the real estate business for a short time
in Boston, when excessive colds, caused by proximity to the ocean,
compelled me to seek a different climate. I came to Pittsfield,
N. H., and bought a farm which I ran a few years. Later I went
into various branches of the automobile business in this town, and
have since continued my associations with that business.

My recreations have always been confined to fishing, hunting,
motoring, and horses. My boys are attending the public schools of
this town, and both of them are ardent for out door sports. My
travels have been confined to a journey through Mexico and a trip
to England, where I was married in 1901.

Was elected, and went to the 1921 and 1922 Legislature which
met at Concord, the state capitol. Am a member of the town's
police and interested in politics. I also am a town auditor.

War Service: At the time of the trouble with Mexico, just pre-
vious to the outbreak of our War with Germany, I joined the Ameri-
can Legion, not the present one, of course, but the one formed
by Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Elihu Root, et al., equally
as prominent. Later, the records of this organization were turned
over to the War Dept., and that department called me into arms
manufacturing work in the Fall of 1917, where I remained until
taken with influenza in 1918. I was a Registrar for the Drafts, in

Member: Masonic Association; Corinthian Lodge No. 82 of
Pittsfield, N. H. (Past Master).


Born at Milford, N. H., Jan. 18, 1868. Parents: Sumner Brooks, Martha
Ann (Bales) Emerson. School: Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N. H.
Degrees: A.B. 1902; A.M. 1904.


Married: Helen Maria Jackson, Brooklyn, N. Y., Oct. 2, 1906. Children:
Eliot Putnam, March 2, 1908; Lyman Kenneth, Nov. 27, 1911.

Occupation: Statistician.

Address: (home) 68 Kenwood St., Dorchester, Mass.; (business) 161 South
St., Boston, Mass.

FROM June, 1904, when I finished work in the graduate school
on civil engineering courses, until June, 1918, when I went
to Washington to do war work, I was engaged in civil engineering,
first on the East River Tunnel in the employ of the Rapid Transit
R. R. Commission of New York City, and later on the Catskill
Aqueduct with the Board of Water Supply of New York City. Dur-
ing the war I became greatly interested in statistical work. After
gaining valuable experience with the Census Bureau on the census
of manufactures, spending some time in preliminary work at the
Washington office, and later in field work among manufacturing
plants in Eastern Massachusetts, particularly tanneries, I was em-
ployed in October, 1920, as statistician for the National Leather Co.
of Boston. I am still located with this company and find the work
extremely interesting. Besides handling data peculiar to the leather
business, I give much attention to general business and economic
conditions and make extensive use of graphical methods.

War Service: As chief statistician of electrical and power
equipment section of War Industries, I had charge of records of
boiler production for U. S. from August to December, 1918.
After War Industries ceased to function was engaged, from January
to June, 1919, in the business department of Committee on Educa-
tion, and Special Training of War Department on work of settling
claims of colleges for S. A. T. C. work. In Summer of 1917 de-
signed emplacements, underground chambers, etc., for four 16
inch guns for a proposed Atlantic coast base. Served with New
Jersey Home Guard Militia for one year.

Member: Harvard Engineering Society; American Statistical


Born at Cambridge, Mass., July 27, 1881. Parents: Woodward, Anne
Parry (Jones) Emery. School: Browne and Nichols School, Cam-
bridge, Mass.

Degree: A.B. 1902.

Married: Dorothy Wendell Pierce, Brookline, Mass., Oct. 12, 1910. Chil-
dren: Frederick Ingersoll, Jr., Sept. 1, 1911; Josephine, Sept. 17, 1914.

Occupation: Treasurer Suffolk Savings Bank for Seamen & Others.

Address: (home) 19 Willard Road, Brookline, Mass.; (business) 1 Tremont
St., Boston, Mass.


AFTER graduating, the next question was what to do, and as I
had nothing particular in mind, I went to work in the shop of
the Universal Winding Co. at Providence, manufacturers of textile
machinery. I remained with that company for four years, working
in the shop and on the road, when an opportunity came to go into
the commercial paper business with Hathaway Smith Foldes of New
York. I worked a year, and then was made manager of the Boston
office where I remained until April, 1913, when I became treasurer
of the Suffolk Savings Bank for Seamen & Others, which position
I now hold.

My chief recreation is golf and automobiles, and in the winter
I play at court tennis and squash racquets.

War Service: Applied to Washington in September, 1918, for
enlistment in tJ. S. N. R. F. Aviation. Eventually was accepted and
ordered to report at Great Lake, 111., for training as Chief Quarter-
master. The Armistice was declared and I was ordered home in
November, 1918. Served as a private. First Motor Corps, Mas-
sachusetts State Guard.

Member: Tennis & Racquet Club, Boston; The Country Club,


Born at Boston, Mass., Aug. 16, 1878. Parents: Samuel, Caroline Augusta

(Southack) Emmes. School: Hopkinson School.
Degree: (c. 1898-1902.)

Occupation: Real Estate.
Address: {home) 1140 Columbus Ave., Boston, Mass.; (business) 288 Rox-

bury St., Boston, Mass.

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Born at Falmouth, Mass., Aug. 21, 1879. Parents: Nathaniel Henry,
Eleanor (Bacon) Emmons. School: Groton School, Groton, Mass.

Degree: (s. 1898-1902.)

Married: Margaret Young, Boston, Mass., April 23, 1912. Child: Wil.
Ham Bacon, Jr., March 17, 1914'.

Occupation: Farmer.

Address: (home) Pomfret, Vt.; (business) 79 Milk St., Boston, Mass.

[Adds nothing to data in Fifth Report.]

War Service: Worked in Supply Departments of Red Cross
Roll Call in December, 1918, and in the third, fourth and fifth
Liberty Loan drives.



Born at Syracuse, N. Y., Oct. 26, 1879. Parents: Thomas, Percy {Mc-
Carthy) Emory. School: Hopkinson's School, Boston, Mass.

Degrees: A.B. 1902; M.D. (Columbia) 1905.

Married: May Mercer, Newark, N. J., Oct. 3, 1907. Children: Thomas
Mercer, Aug. 3, 1908; Josephine, Feb. 13, 1911; George Bache, Jr., Jan.
19, 1913; Theodore Mercer, Aug. 16, 1917.

Occupation : Physician.

Address: (home) Franklin Park, Morristown, N. J.; (business) 33 Wash-
ington St., Newark, N. J.

[Adds nothing to data in Fifth Report.]

War Service: From Oct. 29, 1917, until June 2, 1919, I was
a member of Tuberculosis Examining Board, Medical Department,
U. S. Army, holding rank of 1st Lieutenant until Sept. 16, 1918,
and Captain from that date until my discharge. Was located at
various times at Washington, D. C, Camp Mills, N. Y., Camp Mer-
rill, N. J., and at Camp Upton, N. Y.


Born at Fort Mc Pherson, Neb., 9, 1877. Parents: George Allan, Hannah
Pearl (Lyon) England. School: Boston English High School, Boston,

Degrees: A.B. 1902 (1903); A.M. (1907).

Married: Meda Agnes Coffin, Allston, Mass., Sept. 21, 1903. Child: Isa-
belle Pearl, Jan. 24, 1905.

Occupation: Novelist.

Address: 538 Newbury St., Boston, Mass.

BEING faced by the alternatives of starving or going to work,
I went to work, and I have been working ever since, for the
same reason. I have a chronic aversion to starving. Immediately
on leaving college, I entered the advertising department of the
Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York. There I wrote roseate
accounts of the benefits of insurance, and so acquired a training
in imaginative literature which has since stood me in good stead.

My health played out, on a diet of New York, in about a year;
so, shortly after my marriage, I went into the Maine woods and
stayed there for some years, depending wholly on my imagination
and a spavined typewriter for a living. I sold the first story I
ever wrote to Collier's, for a hundred dollars; and have sold every
other story, ever since, sometimes for a great deal less, sometimes
a great deal more. Life, from year's end to year's end, is for me
one continuous whacking on a typewriter. I have used up a dozen


machines and half a dozen dictionaries, and am still going strong.
As side lines I have tried fruit-raising in Cuba (and been knocked
out by a cyclone), editing a magazine (which failed), and going
into the oil business in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma (which went
blooey). I have therefore decided to stick close to the typewriter,
at which I shake a mean pair of index fingers. I write literature
by the pound. (Joke.) I lay no claim to genius, but I know
how to tickle the dollars out of the magazines, so why worry?
Genius is welcome to its attic and its crust. I prefer steak and
onions and an income tax, as the result of practical, hard work in
the hames and tugs of contemporaneous fiction.

About the only real hobby I have is my daughter Isabelle, who
is following in my footsteps, and at sixteen has already had a
number of stories printed. She is also the editor of her High
School paper, and will soon (I hope) outdo her father. I like
chess, bulldogs, and travel. I have wandered into many strange
parts of the world, in search of material, and expect to wander
more. My ambition is to own a schooner and cruise to South
Fiji Corners and stay there, eating cocoanuts and writing cannibal
stories and telling the world to go to Helvetia. "Some day," when
I clean up big on some lucky strike in writing, I am going to do
just that. In the meantime, I continue to indulge my hobby of en-
dorsing magazine checks.

For a few years I followed politics — at a considerable distance.
I became a Socialist, and still am one, though I no longer belong
to the Socialist Party. Internal dissensions and what seemed to
me a disloyal attitude during the war caused me to sever my con-
nection with organized Socialism. I still believe, however, that
only through Socialism can the world find peace and prosperity;
and I believe we are now in the beginnings of a world wide Social
Revolution which inside of the next twenty-five years will sweep
Capitalism into the discard. By that time I shall be on my cocoa-
nut island, and shall view the process with an eye of impersonal

England, France, Italy; most of the United States; Cuba, Can-
ada and the Isle of Pines; Grand Cayman at the back of beyond in
the Caribbean; Newfoundland and St. Pierre, Miquelon — these
are some of the places that have yielded me material for stories.
Much of my travel has been of the "hiking" variety. I prefer
the unbeaten paths, for there, par excellence, I find the stuff that
books are made of.

In general, after twenty years of rubbing against the world, I
believe that mankind is composed of individuals "mostly fools,"
as Carlyle said. If mankind as a whole had the common-sense of


animals, exploitation, private ownership, war, politicians, religion,
booze, superstition, and all the rest of it would be speedily elimi-
nated. I started out by loving the world and wanting to help it;
and now at forty-four I scorn it, and wouldn't lift a finger to keep
it from the misery it is suffering because it hasn't brains enough
to do anything else. "Let the blighters rot!" say L I intend to
get mine, anyhow. Ten years of uplift work have sufficed to prove
to me that men don't want to be uplifted; they want to be let alone
to suffer and whine. Shaw says that women enjoy suffering, be-
cause being martyrs is the strongest position they can assume.
He should have applied that remark to mankind as a whole. Let
'em R. I. P!

War Service: Wrote poems and articles for Liberty Loan
drives, and am now sorry I did it. The "War to End War" seems
to. be about as much a fraud as everything else; and now the ruling
classes are already beginning to talk about "The Next War."
One resolution, at all events: If there is ever another war, I'll
have no hand in it. Not for mine, boy!

Publications: I have written for practically every magazine of
any standing, in America, and my work has been translated into
several foreign languages. I have had a number of my novels pro-
duced as motion-pictures, and have learned that "royalties" are
things that usually never develop. I have written innumerable
poems and essays. My published books are: Underneath the
Bough; Darkness and Dawn; The Alibi (in England, The Greater
Crime); The Air Trust; The Golden Blight; Pod, Bender & Co.;
Socialism and the Law; Cursed; Their Son, and The Necklace
(translations from Eduardo Zamacois) ; The Story of the Appeal;
Keep off the Grass; The Gift Supreme; and The Flying Legion.
To give the dates and publishers of all these would unnecessarily
clutter up these chaste pages. Several of my books have gone
into reprint editions, and somebody must have made a lot of money
out of them. Certainly authors get the little end of the stick, in
this country. I advocate reviving the old English laws providing
for publishers' ears being cut off, and for sentences in the pillory.
My idea of Heaven is a place where I can flop editors, publishers,
and movie producers over and over on white-hot grids, to all
eternity. Who seconds the motion?

Member: Authors' League of America; Honorary V. P. of the
Writers; Alliance Frangaise; Club Espaiiol de Boston; Folk Lore



Born at Barlo, Pa., Sept. 29, 1867. Parents: Reuben Stauffer, Mary Hie-
stand (Gehman) Eschbach. School: Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter,
N. H.

Degree: A.B. 1902.

Married: Carrie Geisler Smith, Bristol, Pa., Nov. 25, 1890. Children:
Russell Smith, Oct. 4, 1891; Dilivorth, Feb. 12, 1895; Howard Kenneth,
March 13, 1900; Walter, Sept. 28, 1904; Arthur, Dec. 3, 1907.

Occupation : Teacher.

Address: (home) 5244 Ridge Ave., St. Louis, Mo.; (business) Yeatman
High School, St. Louis, Mo.; (permanent) Newportville, Pa.

[Adds nothing to data in previous Report.]


Born at Chicago, III., Sept. 11, 1880. Parents: Nathaniel Kellogg and
Helen Livingston (Graham) Fairbank. School: St. Paul's, Garden
City, Long Island, N. Y.

Degree: (c. 1898-1900.)

Married: Mrs. Miriam Patterson Boyce, Oct. 14, 1918.

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