The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 14, 1902, Page 7, Image 7

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Report of the Doings of old En
gineering Students now in
the Island
Tho senior classmen, in all colleges,
about this tlmo of year, begin to ask
ono another, "What are you going to
do when you graduate?" I will not try
to forotoll what tho class of 1902 is
going to do. but to those who have
friends in Cuba tho following few
lines may bo of Interest.
Of all the universities represented
in tho American colony In Cuba, I
can safely say NobraBka stands first
not only In number but in quality, and
the fact that it Is appreciated is
shown by tho responsible positions to
which our men have been appointed.
Among tho Hunkers of tho upper
classes thero may still remain some
fow who remember Spencer Wells.
Spencer was in school in '97, '98, '99,
but he was born to be a Boldler, not a
student; his father was Major Wells
good practice. General Ludlow, in his
report, quotes directly from Mr. Sar
gent's roport, and Harper's Weekly of
two years ago had nrticles written by
Mr. Sargont on tho work then In prog
ress. At present his department 1b
working on a typographical map of
tho country around Havana, and their
work is spoken of as second only in
Importance to the deportments of sow
ers and streets.
Of course when Sargent wanted
men, none seemed to suit him as well
as Nebraskans, so ho sent directly to
the university and wo find in his de
partment at present, O. T. Reedy as'
chief of draughting rooms and Sar
gent's right hand man In time of trou
ble; Jim Lytic, field engineer, is now
employed making a map of tho per
manent fortifications showing the
courses of the underground passages
from fort to fort, and In preparing an
article upon how the Spanish engi
neers had planned to meet the most
extreme emergencies in laying out
these secret passages.
Clarence Marine probably has had
of the U. S. army, so at tho first blast n1P m0Rt interesting experience of anv
of the trumpet he dropped his books Nrbraalcnn In Cuba; in fact his expor-
and joined the army. It is needless to
recount tho battles or tho charges he
went through; we all remember the
gallant U. S. cavalry and ltB work in
Cuba. After my landing in Cuba, the
first knowledge I got of tho young
lieutenant was to tho effect that ho
was located in Puerto Principe pro
vince with a detachment of Eighth
cavalry. I received this Information
from a native who claimed to be a
friend of Spencer's and who presented
me on several occasions with presents
as coming from Lieutenant Wells
One day I decided to make Spencer a
present, so when my man was leaving
to spend a day with his wife and fam
ily and, as he said, to carry greetings
from me to tho lieutenant, I loaded
him up with a cake, not a cake as we
think of It, but a Cuban cake. Days
passed; I had read of messengers dy
ing in the performance of their du
ties, maybe this ono had met some
tragic fate. One day I met Spencer
at Camp Columbia, a camp near Ha
vana. I asked him if he knew my
messenger, and when he replied In the
negative, I knew the poor Cuban had
been the victim of an overdose of cake
and probably lay bleaching under the
tropical sun somewhere along the
trail between Havana and his home in
far off Puerto Principe.
After this Wells was transferred to
Havana and promoted to a position on
Governor General Wood's staff. Ills
worth and ability were soon recog
nized, and last spring ho was detailed
as Bpeclal agent to the Isle do Plnos.
Upon his return he was appointed
judge advocate of tho island of Cuba,
and 1b still giving the best of satisfac
tion in this capacity.
Sargent, whom we all remember,
and whoso name can be found by a
look through the early numbers of
tho Kioto or Hesperian of about that
time, la probably tho best known to
us of all the Nobrapkans In Cuba. Jo
seph, moved by the one Indomitable
force of his nature, "duty," rises to
the emergency of tho occasion and
hurries to the scene of action in Cuba.
His engineering education at tho uni
versity, backed by experience in rail
way work and a summer's experience
with the Second U. S. engineers as an
r7 officer, flttod him for the position of
assistant engineer In charge of the
survey of fortifications. A detail of
his work could hardly be appreciated;
suffice It to say that his work was fav
orably commented upon by military
experts for Its general scheme and ac
curacy. Plans and maps from his
work are now being used In the class
lence has been unique. Like many
others. Mr. Marino felt ho was needed
at tho front, nnd so offered himself to
his country After peace was declared
ho settled In Florida, but later, being
tendered a position In the postofflce
he moved to Cuba. At first his dutv
was to establish postoffices over the
Island, but later ho was located In Ha
vana and placed In charge of the In
sular department of monov orders and
registered letters. We all recall tho
Havana postofflce scandal of a voar
atro, and Nebraska can sav with nrl '
that the department of monov orders
and registered letters alone came
through the Investigation which fol
lowed: alone In that It was the onlv
department of the notofffco that had
not practiced irregularities. Clarence
Is still in his position In the postofflce
ves, but llttlp did we think last sprint
when the Havana papers announced
that Mr. Marine would spend a few
weeks in the states, and a few lines
farther down announced that TTa
vnna's fairest belle. Senoritta Mnrla
Del Monte would visit in America
that there was to be a Mrs. Marine
A word about Mrs Marine mav inter
oat n fow of Clnronce's friends A
Cuban of Snanish ancestrv. her fea
tures perfectlv rounded and the last
traep of thnt ancularitv of features
characteristic of the Snanlsh race
pnno; sllghtlv shorter than Clarence
nnd of a 1ollv nature which makes
them nultc n team. As mav be ex
cepted her bnlr Is blapv nnd luxuri
nit sptMnp- nT her round face. boauM
'"1 feature and complexion to a
npptv. Her ever' movement is trrace
as this Is a mnrV of brpd1nn' in Cuba,
ciarpnce mav be seen afternoon driv
ing on the Prado, his team of blacks
trimmed In their silver harness, with
outriders and all that goes to make un
a roval turnout Is one o4ho .prides
of Havana. While Mr. Marine has en
tered the gav part of Havana's life,
do not let us think he neglects busi
ness; In fact he has several larr-e
siurar plantations of his own now be
sides bis work at the postofficp.
T am sorrv to let anv of the bovs off
easy, nnd T assure vou if mv accounts
are short or lacUlnrr In detail It is be
cause T am lacking In information.
WHber O. Ayer. who was in tho uni
versity In 9R. '9fi, '97. '!)$." has been
connected with the best work we find
done in Havana since the American
occupation. He is with the depart
ment of public repairs and buildings.
Ho has charge of the remodeling of a
number of tho old Spanish govern
ment Duiidings. Ho Is well known
that ho Is tho ranking onginoor In the
department is no small honor.
Jack HItchman, whllo not In charge
of any individual work, deserves to
bo mentioned with somo distinction;
ho and Carter aro both In tho sower
department, and it is only because
this work has boon entirely upon pa
per that they havo not como out before
tho public. Wo can trust them both,
as they will mako up for tho time
they havo boon planning on paper
when they stnrt to build tho sower.
Tho work is a large ono, probably tho
largest and most difficult over under
taken, and a perfect plan Is necessary
I havo given you an Idea of tho boys
In Cuba; now, it may bo a word as to
tho opportunities In Cuba would bo of
Interest. Cuba offers moro opening"
better openings, and better wages than
any other part of the United States.
A voung engineer will bo placed over
work sooner and at better wages in
Cuba than In anv place I know of
Thero Is more work being done than
there are engineers for, and above al'
the work is moro desirable, being in
general new and not repairing or
natcblng up old work. When one gos
to Cuba be Is out of America as much
as If be had gone to Europe, and whnt
be sees and learns can not help mak
ing him a broader and stronger Amer
ican. F. P. PvYONS
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study of Cuba, but also as samples of
roonia t Wst Joint not only in the iUjiMIwmbIioIIw Jxls ability a
an engineer Is admitted, and tho fact
niectrlclty nt the Pnn-Amer'cnn
The Pan-American Exposition, it
mav be trulv said, was essentially an
electrical exnosltlon Without elec
tricltv manv of Its grontest attractions
would have been abspnt, as well as
manv nf the thlncs now deemed In
dlsnejislble Th" nnp thing about tho
pynopltlon that will bp rememberod
longest bv thosp who have bepn thorp
was the pvonlnc: illumination manv
considering It as bpl,ng worth more
than all th oMier tnlnp's nut tocrehr
The illumination wq trulv beautiful
nothing IIVp It hivlnc ever before
been attempted on so larire a sale
Fitnndlnjr at tbe south pnd If the ptpi
central court eaHv In the pvonlne
opp would fot that suddenlv all the
llrhts In view would co nut T-h
after a mnmont n band would beln to
nlnv th '"nr SnnnHpd Pinner"
tbe amo tlrpo a fnlnt plow would he
eln r annpnr nln"T Hip cornice linos
of tho hulldlnrs nn all tb lamn clu
tors pattprpd through the pnnrt. an-1
on the plctrip to"'er Ornduallv thlr
"low would Inoreasp w'tb no porcon-
ttldp stons till inst ns tho nri( fin
lolinfl thn lanirq wprp all nn to tholr
full cnndip-nnwor The olootrlo towor
would bo a vla"p of Horv with Its
thousands nnd thousands of lamns
while the brllllnntlv nntllnpd hnU''
nrra nn hofh stdoq of the pontral la
poori n t firMo'l phrTnq to the view.
Tt was pono'nlW IntprpaMnf to no
tice that PTcept near tho o-ates nnd I"
the buildings, there were no aro
lftmnn vllble anvwbere to mar. '1M.
their Hare the Illumination. Tn"
nnwer for this illumination was n",
trnnnm'ttpd from Niagara, about "
mllpq distant, at n pressure of 99 0"'
volts. Tp tbe eleetrlcltv bulldlpf "
was ntprmed down to about 1 R00 an
In convenient subways ngnln down to
nbont 100 volts.
LoaviP" the outside Illumination
pf rrr now nropeed to tho oloc.trlc.ltv
building. At tho west end the visitor
will first see a historical collection f'
some of the first TCdJson dvnamos. arc
machines and street railway motorp
Nearbv was a Stanley frequence
chaprer. a nvnebronous motor and
generator in one machine, ehanglp
the 25 evelo Niagara current to RO
cycle-curront for lighting. In the bulld
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