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CHANGES OF ADDRESS. MR. CHARLES A. Brinley, The American Pulley Company, 4200 Wissahickon
Avenue, Philadelphia, Penna. MR. CLARENCE R. CLAGHORN, President, Durham Colliery Company, Durham,
Washington. MR. PARKE D. MASSEY, Pasto, Colombia, South America. MR. GEORGE A. ORROK, Lee, Mass. PROF. I. M. RAPP, Phænixville, R. F. D. No. 2, Penna. Mr. W. S. RUGG, care of Crescent Athletic Club, Shore Road, Brooklyn, N. Y. MR. W. F. THORNTON, Mechanicsburg, R. R. No. 2, Cumberland County,
NECROLOGY. Colonel Caldwell K. Biddle was born at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1862, and died in Philadelphia on June 2, 1915.
His early education was secured in private schools in Philadelphia. Later he entered St. Paul's School, Concord, N. H., and in 1884 graduated from the Academic Department of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1886 from the Law School. Soon after this he was admitted to the bar and began the practice of law.
Colonel Biddle took a great interest in military affairs, and for a number of years was a member of the First Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry. Later he became connected with the Third Regiment, National Guard of Pennsylvania, as second lieutenant of Company H, and during the Spanish War served in Cuba as Captain of the company. In 1900 he was appointed Regimental Inspector of Rifle Practice, in 1901 he became Second Major, and in 1911 he was elected Colonel of the Regiment.
Colonel Biddle was a member of the University Club and other organizations.
He became a life member of The Franklin Institute in 1900.
Lewis Metzler Clement was born at Niagara, Ontario, Canada, August 12, 1837, and died at Hayward, Cal., October 29, 1914.
He was employed in the construction of the Montreal Water Works and was engineer in charge of construction of the Welland Railway. He was also engaged in the construction of the Port Dover and Hamilton Railway, and later was employed by the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad.
In the spring of 1862 he was engaged by the Central Pacific Railroad as assistant chief engineer. At this time the railroad was being built from Sacramento to Ogden, Utah, and Mr. Clement was in charge of the construction of the line over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He put in operation the first electric patrol system for railroads, which covered a distance of fifty miles, through snow sheds and tunnels.
He designed the first emigrant sleeping car used by the railroads of to-day, and introduced many notable improvements in the design and construction of steam, cable, and electric railways.
Mr. Clement was appointed chief engineer of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in 1881, and afterwards chief engineer of the Pacific Improvement Company of California, in the construction of cable and electric railways. He was also consulting engineer of the Southern Pacific Company and the Leland Stanford, Jr., University.
Mr. Clement was elected a member of The Franklin Institute in 1899. Stuart Wood, 1620 Locust Street, Philadelphia.
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BOOK NOTICES. THE CHEMISTRY OF THE CYANOGEN COMPOUNDS AND THEIR MANUFACTURE AND
ESTIMATION. By Herbert E. Williams. Philadelphia, P. Blakiston's Son & Co., 1915. Pages i-viii, 406 and Indexes. 8vo. Price, $3.50.
The introductory paragraphs of this work give a short history of the development of our knowledge of an interesting and important group of substances which were long considered as one of the connecting links between organic and inorganic compounds, at least so far as descriptive chemistry is concerned. From this historical summary we learn that the first step was the production of Prussian blue by Driesbach in 1704, and that Macquer, about a half century later, obtained potassium ferrocyanide. An interesting sidelight is thrown on the state of chemistry at that time by the fact that Macquer called the substance“phlogisticated alkali.” Scheele obtained hydrogen cyanide in 1782; Gay Lussac prepared free cyanogen in 1815.
The work is divided into three sections, devoted, respectively, to: Chemistry of the cyanogen compounds, manufacture and applications of cyanogen compounds, analysis of cyanogen compounds. Many of the cyanides, ferroand ferricyanides are described, and much information given concerning other complicated derivatives (cobalti- and platinocyanides), thiocyanates and fulminates. To the chemist who has not followed closely the development of this department, the references to the carbonylferrocyanides will be somewhat astonishing. Ammonium carbonylferrocyanide, for example, is (NH),Fe (CN):(CO)3H,0, and when we come to the diethylaniline and dimethylaniline derivatives the complication is great. It is interesting to write the formula of the ammonium compound empirically, and note how incomprehensble it is: CHıxNFeOn.
A highly commendable feature is the correctness of nomenclature. It is up to date. Such solecisms as “cyanate of potash" and "potassium sulphocyanide,” which are so common in present-day works of British provenance, are not found in this work. It is a valuable contribution to an important and complex department of applied chemistry.
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