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BUILDING FUND. Sir,-I beg to enclose cheque. . . . I feel sure yod should meet with a very ready response from ever member. The scheme is a highly excellent one. Might I also say in passing how greatly the work of the Institution is appreciated through the length and breadth of the land. Coming in touch, as I do, with some of the largest engineering works in various parts of Great Britain frequently each year, meeting in the course of my daily labours most of the Municipal engineers and public works Contractors in this country, I have an exceptional opportunity of learning the general opinions of the Building and Civil Engineering World; and wherever I go at every point of the compass, the recent growth and active policy of the Institution is commented upon with both surprise and pleasure. More especially is this so with the rising generation of those engaged in structural work -the young are always for progress. The activities of our Council and Committees with regard to Registration and admission by examination seem to have created widespread interest and gratification in particular, and if only I could voice the various expressions which have been made to me not only by members, but by the general public, I feel sure those gentlemen who have given their services so generously in the different offices, and the hard-working official staff, would feel in some small measure repaid for their labours. If you deem fit, you are at liberty to publish this letter.-Yours, &C., R. D’ARCY SWAINSON
The prevention of dampness in buildings requires a study of all the phenomena produced by the invasion of moisture, either as liquid or vapour, into the filling and binding materials of tlhe walls; of the physical changes that cause or modify the results; of the remedies that have been applied in the present and in the past; of the causes that prevent these remedies from being effective; and of new procesees conforming to natural laws that enable the structural and sanitary conditions of houses and buildings to be conserved with certainty. A. Knapen
The subject of the transverse bracing of bridges appears to have received comparatlvely little notice at the hands of English writers. The relatively few works published in this country dealing with matter relating to bridge design either ignore the subject almost entirely or dismiss it with only a cursory notice. On the other hand Continental and American writers have for many years past given to this subject that prominence which it both needs and merits. The theory of the design of transverse bracing has been placed by foreign authors on a fairly rational basis in so far as such design is susceptible of close theoretical treatment. Possibly the prevalence of the greater number of large span bridges abroad has been responsible for focussing attention on this branch of the subject since in larger spans the transverse bracing is more susceptible to proportionate design and is more urgently necessary than in smaller spans. Professor J. Husband