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THE last article of this series contained a discussion concerning the asthetic aspect of the Forth Bridge. It seemed necessary to analyse its formal quality as this particular element in its composition had not previously been given the attention it deserves, the usual assumption being that if the function of a work of engineering and its method of construction be once understood, its formal characteristics will have been grasped by the same intellectual process. Having attempted to do justice to the beauty of the Forth Bridge, it remains for me to describe its merits as a work of engineering. And afterwards must follow a brief account of the remarkable man who designed it. In comparison with the Forth Bridge his other engineering achievements seem necessarily somewhat dwarfed, but it will be found that these also bear witness to constructive gifts of a high order.
A. Trystan Edwards
MR. HERBERT E. STEINBERG proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Godfrey for his Paper. It was, he said, an unusual paper; it was much more outspoken and much more decided in its views than most of the papers read before the Institution, and, to one such as himself, who had been advocating the use of spiral columns for about 15 years, it was very refreshing to find an engineer so definite and decided on the advantages of this type of reinforcement.
I HAVE been asked by the Editor of The Structural Engineer to write an article on Housing. From a technical point of view, I suppose the great majority of my readers know much more about it than I do myself; but I have lived for 20 years in what are commonly called slum districts, and perhaps I am qualified to speak a little from that point of view with which the readers of this Journal are not so intimately acquainted,
namely, the physical and moral deterioration which must ensue from the terrible conditions under which so many of our more unfortunate brethren are bound to live.
Rev. F.H. Gillingham