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UNDER the designation “Bauxite, or Aluminous Cement" may be grouped cements manufactured by burning in nearly equal proportions lime and bauxite until fusion, or almost until fusion, as the case may be. Such cements prepared by fusion are at present manufactured on a commercial scale by three firms : The Société Anonyme des Chaux et Cyinaents de Lafarge et du Teil, the originators of this new type of cement, who started experimenting as far back as 1897, took their patent in 1908, and reached
the commercial stage in 1914, produce Ciment fondu (Registered Trade Mark) at le Teil (Ardèche) by use of a water-jacket, and Ciment Electro-Fondu (Registered Trade Mark) by use of the electric oven at Moutiers (Savoie). Yearly output about 50,000 tons.
Mons. T.J. Guéritte
THERE can be little doubt that the building material of all others that will enter into the reconstruction of our country is cement. This being undoubtedly true, it is of exceptioml interest to record that, availing themselves of the opportunity afforded by the Building Exhibition at Olympia, The lnstitution of Structural Engineers convened a Coagress of delegates from all parts of the world to read papers on and to discuss in all its aspects, the manufacture, chemical properties, possible refinement and improvements and constructive possibilities of cement. A conference duly met on April 22 and the delegates were received at the Building Exhibition, Olympia, by MAJOR JAMES PETRIE, President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, and were conducted round the exhibition. They were afterwards entertained at lunch by the Council of the Institution of Structural Engineers and the directors of the Building Exhibition. MAJOR PETRIE, who took the chair, in proposing the health of the delegates, said they included some very distinguished men from all parts of the world. He welcomed them warmly, and felt sure that they would find, in the many papers which had been contributed, material which was both interesting and instructive as illustrating the difficulties which confronted structural engineers in their ordinary everyday work.
THE intention to apply to the ruins of Tintern Abbey only such repairs as would not affect the beauty or the antiquarian interest of the building very seriously complicated the difficulty of its preservation by the Historic Buildings Branch of H.M.
Ofice of Works.