Excerpt from Transactions of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Vol. 12: Part II, 1919 The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is composed of men who are, above all, intensely practical: men who make it their like work to apply chemistry to useful ends. We have come to Savannah not merely to enjoy a proverbial and graciously extended hospitality, but chie y because we recognize that here there is much for us to learn. Your cotton oil mills, your great fertilizer fac tories, the secrets of your naval stores industry, the doors of many plants distinctively Southern in their type have been generously Opened to us. We Shall take with us on our return new and endur ing impressions of Southern courtesy and kindliness, convincing evi dence of the magnitude of industrial achievement in the South, and a new appreciation of the wealth of resource and of opportunity in this supremely favored section of our country, but our mission will have failed unless we leave behind us a message so vital and direct in its importance that it secures and holds your attention and thereafter in uences your action. It is no new message: it is the same in import as that carried by the American Electrochemical Society on its Southern tour in 1918; it was voiced and developed by many authorities of national reputation in the remarkable issue of September 14, 1916, of the Manufacturers Record; it has appeared on many editorial pages and in many government publications, and I myself have had the privi lege of bringing it to representative bodies of Southern scientists and business men. And that message in a word is this: The Future of the South is in Chemistry. To ensure acceptance any such general thesis properly requires demonstration. Suppose we begin by considering for a moment what the South already owes to chemistry. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."