The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for September,
11; Colonel John B. Reynolds, Columbia '17; John H. Wilterding, Lawrence
'23, President of the host Province; Bob
Swenson, Northwestern '44; and Bob
Oakley, Chicago '44.
In response to the welcome, William
N. Ethridge, Mississippi '05; Dr. William
Mather Lewis, Knox '00; John Carson,
'44; and Floyd
Mitchell, Georgia Tech '43, spoke.
Brother Weese then turned the meeting over to President Charles E. Caches,
Washington '01, of the General Council
and the Convention was officially in
session. The remainder of the morning
and the first act of the Forty-fifth Convention solemnized memorial services for
<> A 0's half-a-hundred war dead and the
Phis who have joined the Chapter
Grand. Services were conducted by President Caches and Chaplain Soper.
At the first Convention luncheon.
Brigadier General Donald Armstrong,
Columbia '09, gave a military view of
A in war. "The most important subject in my life and yours, today, is
WAR," he said. "The business of everyone in this country today is WAR. The
period of the emergency is over we
are in a period of war a period in
which war is our sole and only business."
CONVENTION, CHICAGO, AUGUST 26-29,
General Armstrong advised his audience to prepare for a long war, a fiveyears war. "Guide your lives in such a
way that you can be as effective as
possible in this long-term business which
has as its objective the defeat of the Axis
In such a gathering of men closely
united by fraternal ties, many emotions
are always close to the surface. The appearance of Hilton U. Brown, Butler
'80, on the Convention floor early in the
Wednesday afternoon session was the
signal for thunderous applause. Every
man in the hall rose to his feet in honor
of A 0's Grand Old Man, who has been
a Phi for sixty-eight years.
Brother Brown responded with sincerity and feeling which again brought
the delegates to their feet. "I didn't
expect to be plunged into the immediate business of expressing my gratitude
at being able to attend this Convention,
one of many which I have attended, and
to meet face to face another group of
young men who are to join that long
line that I see in memory in front of me,
a long line of noble spirits, many of
whom have Passed Over.
"You take their places. And the line
will not be broken, because in that sort