Creator: Purington, C. W., Honoured Secretary
Title: Minutes of Tenth Meting, 1917, June, 27th, American Committee of Engineers in London
3 pages. American Committee of Engineers in London, Minutes of Tenth Meeting held on the 27th June, 1917. page 2 of 3
Boyle, Joe, 1867-1923
The Len Taylor Collection; 220.127.116.11. Published with permission from the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Deputy Keeper of Records and Mr. James Boyle of Ballymena. D1943/1/1
systems in connection with our Committee's plans regarding importance of main-
line communication, wan sent by Secretary in letter to Boyle on June 25th.
This suggestion was also made by Poland to Boyle before the party set out.
In a letter to Boyle the Secretary also reminded him of the suggestion of
Poland’s concerning re-organisation of standard railways.
(2) Secretary read letter from Col. Lassiter, U. S. Military Attache, dated
June 23rd, 1917, stating that it will probably be better for the Committee to
communicate on engineering matters directly with General Pershing’s Chief
Engineer, American Expeditionary Force, France.
(3) Secretary read letter from F. E. Drake regarding relations between this
Committee and the American Chamber of Commerce, and expressing the hope that co-
operation between these two bodies on the lines indicated by Purington’s letter
of June 12th, 1917, will be effected.
(4) Secretary read letter written by him to the Secretary of American Red Cross,
40 Grosvenor Gardens, S.W.l., of which organisation he is one of the General Com-
mittee. This letter calls attention to the desirability of co-operation between
the two bodies and particularly on Plan No. 11., Employment of Crippled Soldiers.
Secretary of sub-committee (Robinson Smith) will communicate with the Red Cross
concerning this plan.
Secretary also suggested to the Red Cross that, as pointed out by Mrs. Waite,
it is highly important that workers in the U.S. should realise that gifts of money
and raw materials are for the present far more useful than made-up articles since
the articles now being made by the American Women’s Club Workrooms and other simi-
lar organisations in this country are standardized with British Red Cross practice
and made according to a system which embodies experience of three years. If at-
tempt is made to send to England or France ready-made bandages, garments, etc.,
from the U.S. , inevitable result will be waste of material.
(5) Resolution No. 3. (American Patents) (see attachment to Minutes of Ninth
Meeting) A lively discussion took place, Clarke entirely disagreeing with the
wording of paragraphs "b" and "c" of Clause 2. After much discussion, in which
several members expressed opinions pro and con, it was decided that Mr. Clarke
should send his objections in writing to Mitchell, and that the proposal be re-
ferred back to the sub-committee for re-wording and be mabmitted to the General
Committee again at the next General Meeting.
(6) Plan No. 15. Increasing output of Platinum. Kuehn requested that owing
to press of work one of the other members be appointed secretary of this sub-com-
mittee, and Martin accepted. Petithory handed the secretary a cutting from the
American Machinist, dated June 23rd, 1917, English Edition, relating to restric-
tions of platinum jewelry in the U.S. Further ideas regarding the use and present
demand for platinum are invited. Purington has circularised the sub-committee
outlining his scheme for doubling
(7) Suggestion No. 1. (Bomb safety devices, rockets arid sighting apparatus
submitted by Martin) Secretary reported that he had heard on the telephone from
Gilimor that up to the present he had not hadtime to comment on the same.