Creator: Purington, C. W., Honoured Secretary

Title: Minutes of 11th Meeting, 1917, July, 5th, American Committee of Engineers in London

3 pages. American Committee of Engineers in London, Minutes of 11th Meeting held on the 5th July, 1917. page 3 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: The American Committee of Engineers in London, recently formed to help as it might in the prosecution of the War, has appointed a Sub-Committee whose chief function it is to bring together accounts of such acts and words of the enemy as they think should be presented to the American people "lest we forget what a dertermind and ruthless enemy we are fighting." This Sub-Comittee is made up of men who have had exceptional opportunities to study the events of’ the War, many of them at first hand. In a statement further explaining the reasons for appointing the Sub-Committee, the Engineers' Commitee as a whole says; Great care will be taken in assembling only reliable information; chief ly the words of the Germans themselves, in order that they may be con- demned out of their own mouths. The Committee believes that there are still many good people in America as in England who say to themselves, if not aloud: Are the Germans as bad as painted?" We hope that a weekly record of German doings and sayings will help answer that question and be a reminder that such a spirit, manner of reasoning, and acting as the enemy manifests now no less than at the beginning of the War must be met and overcome, if this world is to be a fit and safe place to live in. (10) Plan No. 13. Circularizing enemy lines. Sub-Committee Smith (secretary) Mackenzie, Kuehn, Hunter and Short. Secretary read a letter handed to him by Smith to the Editor of "The New York Staatozeitung" asking that paper to assemble express- ions of opinion from all German societies in the U.S. giving their reasons why German-Americans are fighting German Kaiserism and offering when those replies are received to have them circulated throughout South Germany. Reply to that letter will be awaited with interest. (11) Plan No. 10. (Astigmatic Telescope) Sub-Committee Titcomb (secretary) Peacock and Clarke. Titcomb stated that he is endeavouring by every means to get permission to visit a sea port in order to make trial test of the various lenses which are now ready. Hodgetts and others offered their assistance in bringing it before the British Authorities so as to get the necessary permission and it is hoped that Titcomb will be able to make a trial before next meeting. Several favourable opinions of this telescope have been received from technical authorities. (12) Secretary read a letter written to His Excellency C. Nabokoff at the Russian Embassy referring to the various plans which this Committee has in view; especially to Plans Nos. 1, 2 and 7, having the object of assisting the Russian Government in its relations with the American Government and with the prosecution of the War ,and also pointing out that several members of the Committee have had many years experi- ence in Siberia and that this Committee will be glad by every means in its power to assist the Russian Govornment and that communications of interest will be currently sent to the Russian Embassy for their information. C. W. Purington, Hon. Secretary Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, the 11th July, at 5 p.m. at 6 Copthall Avenue, E.C.2.