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I AM deeply conscious of the honour you have conferred upon me in electing me to the Presidency of this great Institution and I feel rather overwhelmed and humbled at the prospect of successfully following in the footsteps of so many brilliant men who have
occupied this position in the past. It is indeed a source of great satisfaction to me personally that you have thought fit to choose for this office one who is a “provincial,” and who commenced his association with this Institution through its Midland Counties Branch. All the members of that particular branch are extremely gratified that one of its Past Chairmen should have the distinction of being President in the Silver Jubilee year of the granting of our Royal Charter on the 4th May, 1934, particularly having in mind that twenty-five years ago Sir Arnold Waters V.C., D.S.O., M.C., a prominent personage in the Midlands and a close friend of mine, occupied this chair at that time. I appreciate therefore the heavy responsibility which you have entrusted to me in this outstanding year and for the next twelve months I shall dedicate myself to the best of my ability to the further advancement of the already high prestige of the Institution.
Gordon S. McDonald
MR. A. J. ASHDOWN (Associate-Member) commented that Professor Ocklcston’s very interesting paper endeavoured to bridge the gap of the largc discrepancy between failing loads calculated on the latest theories for moments of resistance and the actual failing load.