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The building industry is one of the oldest in the world, for one of the primary needs of mankind is shelter. But it is only within the last half-century that iron and steel have played any large part in it. But even to-day,in the words of Professor Beresford Pite, F.R.I.B .A., in Vol. I. of "Building Construction," "The possibilities of girder and stanchion construction, especially in buildings for commercial purposes, have not yet found their limits." M.B. Buxton
CLARKSON, JAMES SHAND, 20, Shandon Place, Edinburgh; FOURIE, GIDEON FRANCOIS, c/o Dept. Mines and Industries, P.O. Box 99, Pietersburg, Transvaal, South Africa; SHUTER, WILLIAM FRANCIS SMYTH, 1, Shandon Road, Edinburgh; THOMAS, EVAN JAMES, 10, Grange Street, Port Talbot, Glamorgan.
THE columns of a building are of greater importance than any other parts of the construction. At first blush, it may strike one that all parts of a building are equally important; but there is a double, or, in fact, a triple duty on the columns of a building, and hence the stability and integrity of a structure depends in a larger degree on the columns than on any other elements of a structure. Edward Godfrey