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Founded as the Official News Organ of Technology [[Symbol]] diamond [[/symbol]] The Tech Established 1881 [[Symbol]] diamond [[/symbol]] A Record of Continuous News Service for 36 Years

Vol. 38 No. 36  CAMBRIDGE, MASS., SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 1918  Price Three Cents


Technology Student Was Well-Known Football Player While in High School. Pulled on 1919 Tug-o'-War


     Lieutenant Harold C. Wasgatt '19, of Everett, Mass., was mentioned in Thursday's casualty list as having died of wounds. He was a member of the machine gun company, 59th regulars.
     Wasgatt was a member of the Everett High School football team which claimed the championship of the country in 1915. after defeating Oak Park High School Chicago. He entered Technology in 1915' in the course of Chemical Engineering. At the close of his freshman year he went to the officers' training camp at Plattsburg, and the following fall he returned to school. After war was declared in 1917 he again went to Plattsburg where he received his commission as first lieutenant.
     Lieutenant Wasgatt was 22 years old and was the son of Ex-Mayor Herbert P. Wasgatt of Everett, a shoe manufacturer. Wasgatt was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.


Many Students and Members of Institute Staff Sign Up.

     For the second enrolment for the sixty-day training camp at Plattsburg the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has already fifteen new names of students and five of the instructing staff, men who will go forward during the present week and next, the last day of reporting at the camp being August 10. With thirty-five students already at the camp the Technology contingent will number altogether about fifty-five or sixty. These men go forward individually as they finish their work and not in a body as was possible with the first list.
     The extension of time was largely through President Maclaurin's appointment in charge of the new plan of military work in all the colleges, to afford opportunity for a large number of Technology students to enroll, which they have done when their summer courses were finished, and also to give the instructing staff an opportunity to help with further patriotic work. When the tally was made a couple of weeks ago there were found only two of the teachers at the Institute who were not engaged in work directly for the government, in the regular summer courses of in instruction in one or the other of the nine or ten government schools at the Institute. The extension permits of the closing of a number of courses so that there will go forward within the next week these men: E. F. Langley, professor of Languages; J. Lipka. assistant professor of Mathematics; C. B. Sawyer and P. O. Yeaton, instructors in Mechanical Engineering and H. G. Davies, assistant in the same department. So far as possible instructors in the different colleges have gone to camp so that they may be available for the proper training in the military courses which every college of consequence in the country will establish with the beginning of the fall term.

Nearly 3000 Officers Receive Licenses After Graduating From Navigation Schools

[[image: Officers Learning in Classroom]]


     The United States Government Navigation Schools, established by Dean Burton of Technology, a year ago, have already provided nearly 3,000 officers for the merchant marine. Technology has accommodated a quota of thirty to thirty-five men constantly since June 1917, and receives new men every Monday. These men remain here for six weeks.
     When the demand for Merchant Marine officers become imperative Henry Howard '89, director of the United States Shipping Board, conceived the idea of establishing schools for the training of such officers. He received a small appropriation for starting twelve schools in New England, and these were so successful and the graduates so readily obtained licenses that Mr. Howard was encouraged to extend the work further.
     He first sent a newspaper publicity agent to thirty selected ports along the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lake coasts, and this agent was followed by Professor Burton, who arranged to for opening the schools and provided instruction. Accommodations were furnished by the local communities, as prominent men served of the various committees. Complete equipment was supplied by the Government.
     Professor Burton tried to secure men locally prominent, and demanded that a

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Some Rare Fun Planned for Summer Students at Picnic

     Oyez! Oyez! This afternoon our Summer Sufferers abandon their toils and worries and depart from these dolorous scenes away to indulge in the distractions of Nantasket Beach. What are we coming to? That is indeed a question; such mortifying recklessness is almost without precedent in the history of our dear, dignified, old State. But 'twas ever thus: youth must vent its pent-up energy, hence a picnic; if not, why not?
     At 1.30 P. M. the seekers of joy and pleasure will assemble in the great court - if they can produce the necessary dollar and a quarter. At this time they are supposed to drop the far-away pondering look and creack their faces.

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     The largest experimental plant in the United States for the manufacture of fixed nitrogen from the air, with the exception of the ones now being constructed for the War Department, is in operation at the United States Department of Agriculture Experiment Farm, Arlington, VA. At this plant the nitrogen from the air is combined with hydrogen to form ammonia which can be used in the manufacture of explosives and fertilizer. Experiments are now being conducted at the plant by the Bureau of Soils with a view to increase the efficiency of the process. The War Department is cooperating in this work. What is known as the Haber process of nitrogen fixation is being used. The process involves the production of ammonia from hydrogen and nitrogen. The two gases are mixed in the proper proportions, put under high pressure, subjected to intense heat and passed over spongy iron whereupon a portion of the mixture combines to form ammonia.


Several '18 and '19 Men Given Appointments

     Following is the list of changes in the instructing staff at Technology, approved by the Corporation. The promotions include R. S. Williams and W. T. Hall, from assistant professor of Analytical Chemistry to associate professor; G. B. Wilkes from instructor in Industrial Physics to assistant professor and four assistants in various departments to the rank of instructor: Chester A. Rogers in Mechanical Enugineering [[Engineering]], E. P. Warner in Aeronautical Engineering, W. G. Whitman in Industrial Chemistry and C. H. R. Mable in Mechanical Drawing and Descriptive Geometry.
     The appointments include quite a number of assistants drawn from the

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Heavy Fog Prevents Technology Man From Seeing Crash of Enemy Plane Behind the German Line


     WIITH [[WITH]] THE AMERICAN ARMY IN FRANCE, July 30. - Lieutenant Arthur Raymond Brooks '17, previously reported missing, one Lieutenant D. E. Putnam of the American aerial forces, report that they ? probably brought down an enemy airplane last night behind the German lines at Montsec, the same mountain which obsecured [[obscured]] Putnam's (and la [[?]]) recent victory from observation and consequently official credit.

[[Photo: Portrait of Arthur R. Brooks]]


     The aviators saw their opponent plunge earthward, but the fog and clouds prevented them from observing the crash. The flight was the first in the Toul sector for several days, owing to the unfavorable weather, which is now improving, giving promise of renewed aerial activity.
     "Pen" ? Brooks, of Framingham, was graduated from the Institute in 1917 from the course of electro-chemistry. While at Technology, he was very active in undergraduate affairs, and in his Senior year was Editor-in-Chief of THE TECH. He was a member of the Pi Delta Epsilon Fraternity, Electrical Engineering Society, Chemical Engineering Society, Catholic Club, Aero Club, Engineering Corps, member of the 1917 tug-'o-war team, and Chairman of the Dormitory House Committee. He was a member of the Institute Committee.


     Enrolment for the Central Officers' Training Camps, which for this district is cared for by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been quite brisk, with many applications for information and the actual enrolment of some seventy men. This is a camp of civilians and through the military relationships of the Institute its department of Military Science was designated for the enrolment. In the absence of Major E. T. Cole, who is improving from his late serious sickness, Lieutenant H. M. Rugg, due at another post a fortnight ago, has been retained here. These civilians after enrolment will go forward on call to one of three camps according to the branch of the service for which they are designated. The infantry camp is Camp Lee, near Petersburg; that for the field artillery is Camp Taylor at Louisville and for Machine Gun training Camp Hancock at Augusta, GA. The men will all go forward within ten days.
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