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Washburn, F. E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1901)

The Summer School for Apprentices and Artisans in the College of Engineering of the University of Wisconsin,   pp. 201-207

Page 201

Thie Summer School for Apprentices.
  With these figures as a basis it is readily seen that by simply
changing the speed of the engine from 175 r. p. m. to I35, we
would still secure sufficient frequency in the change of air, and
the many draughts of air which tended to produce colds and
general discomfort, would be reduced to a more comfortable
speed. The humidity could be increased by a steam jet or by
placing tanks of water with a large evaporating surface in the
hot air rooms.
  There is one other point brought out here, that is, that adjust-
able systems of heating and ventilating need the closest of care
if the best results are desired. It is not alone necessary for the
apparatus to be set up, and left to run itself. The result of such
methods generally is, that the system is soon found more or less
unsatisfactory and as this dissatisfaction grows the condemna-
tion of the system and installer results. It seems to me it would
be most excellent policy for firms setting up such apparatus to
keep in their employ a competent engineer to do nothing except
to watch such plants as his firm have installed; this to be
done at no expense to the owner of the plant. Such a man would
certainly pick up useful information enough to pay his salary
many times over. By this means then we certainly would be able
to arrive at comfort in our homes and public buildings far in
1xcess of that experienced today.
  The announcement that the summer session of i9oi will have
a school for artisans and mechanics, has called forth wide com-
ment and extreme interest. Letters have been received which
indicate that in attendance the school will be one of the most
successful departments of the summer session, new as it is.
  The "Iron Age," probably the most widely read of all
trial journals, devoted an entire page to extracts from the an-
nouncement, and Dean Johnson of the Engineering school,
through whose efforts the plan was realized, has been the re-
cipient of many compliments from neighboring state universities

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