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

Pages: 1, 2, 3,

The Len Taylor Collection; Published with permission from the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Deputy Keeper of Records and Mr. James Boyle of Ballymena. D1943/1/1

Text: -2- 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 and (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. (8)