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To the EDITOR of The Structural Engineer. DEAR Sir,-In your correspondence column in the current issue of The Structural Engineer, "Controvertist" states that I have misunderstood the basic theory from which his formulae were developed, and that my criticism, being misapplied, is worthless.
The CHAIRMAN (who was accompanied on the platform by Major F. M. Du-Plat-Taylor, M.Inst.C.E., M.I.Mech.E., M.I.Struct.E., the President of the British Section of the Societe des Ingenieurs Civils de France) expressed a hearty welcome to the members of the Section, and said that the occasion was an important and a happy one, inasmuch as the members of the two bodies were meeting together to hear a lecture on a subject of mutual interest.
Before dealing with some of the data available upon aggregates for concrete, it is well worth while to consider briefly and generally the position occupied by the aggregate in relation to the two other essential components of concrete, namely, cement and water.