DEATH OF A PIONEER
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WE announce with regret the loss of VV one of the oldest pioneers in the mOtor industry, Mr. J. S. Critchley, who died on October 19, at the age of 79. Born in Bradford, he was articled to John Waugh, M.Inst.C.E., of Bradford, and T. Green and Sons, of Smithfield Iron Works, Leeds. In 1896, he became the first manager of the Daimler Motor Company's works, Coventry. Later he became a director of the Daimler Company, and technical adviser to the British Electric Traction Company in 1901. He was responsible for designing the Daimler Royal Mail van S with four-cylindered engines, with which the postal authorities inaugurated the first service of its kind in the country, this being between Manchester and Liverpool. Another of his designs was the Critchley-Norris steam wagon of 1908. He was co-founder of the S.M.M.T., and president of the I.A.E. in 1913-14.
WILLOWBROOK PROPOSED CAPITAL INCREASE
THE directors of Willowbrook, Ltd.. the well-known Loughborough concern of coach and bus bodybuilders, propose to increase the capital of the company by £150,000 to £250,000, by creating 10,000 6 per cent. redeemable convertible cumulative El preference shares and 1,400,000 ordinary 2s. shares, ranking equally with the existing shares.
LACK OF ALARM CLOCKS NO EXCUSE FOR ABSENTEEISM
THAT they had no alarm clocks was the excuse of two bus conductresses who were each fined £3, at Wakefield last week; for being absent from work. Stating that bus services in the Wakefield district had suffered greatly through absenteeism among conductresses, the prosecution stated that 22 conductresses had failed to report for duty 46n the day of those proceedings.
B.R.F. ENCOURAGES SCOTTISH ROAD PROPOSALS
pRIOR to a conference between the County Councils of Inverness and Aberdeensand the Town Council of the latter city on the one side and the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce on the other. to consider the construction of a great new road connecting Deeside and, .Speyside through Glen F-eshie, the B.R.F., representing 300,000 commercial-vehicle users throughout the U.K.. sent a telegram to the Chamber endorsing its proposal for this road and welcoming it as a practical example of far-sighted road planning.
An official of the B.R.F. states that the Federation is anxious to lend all possible support to those progressive elements which are striving to obtain improvement of road communications throughout Scotland.
OPENING OF NEW E.I.A. PREMISES
(IN Tuesday of last week, Sir Olive! Lyttelton, Minister of Production, formally'Opened the new premises of the Engineering Industries Association, at 9, Seymour Street, London, W.I.
In the course of his address he paid high tribute to the efforts made by the engineering industry during the war. and, of the post-war period, he said that everything depended upon the greater productivity of the individual.
Mr. Gordon. England, who replied, wanted to see Sir Oliver's Ministry in the position of shouldering some of the responsibilty of the. success or otherwise of the change-over from war to peace. He gave a warning that, whatever may be thought or said to the contrary, We should have to face a period of extensive 'unemployment after the war.
ALTERNATIVE TYRES FOR PANTECHNICONS
ME reproduced, in our issue dated W October 13, some comments by " Excelsior " on the article " The Ideal Furniture-removals Vehicle." He said that in the absence of the 26 by 7 ' tyre, the 24 by 7 •will serve the " general practitioner." The alternative should have read 27 by 6, as the former is too small for the motor pantechnicon.
I. OF 'f. SILVER JUBILEE
THE silver jubilee year of the Institate of Transport commenced on October 1, and a luncheon will be held on November 3 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the meeting which took place on November 3, 1919, with. Lord Ashfield in the chair, ad at which it was decided to set up the Institute. A special meeting will also be held on March 22 to commemorate the first public meeting of the Institute, at which, incidentally, Sir Eric Geddes delivered his presidential address.
A more permanent commemoration of the foonding is the inauguration by the Council of a Silver Jubilee Scholarship, not exceeding £150, tenable for one year. This is to assist the selected member to meet expenses to be incurred in travel to study transport, specific projects of transport research, or full-time education at a university or other educational institution approved by the Council. Preference will probably be given to one who has passed the associate-membership examination and is not over 30 years of age.