Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Reports of Visits to Foreign Laboratories, vol. 3 (1913-16) [Illustrated Typoscript in 7 volumes] Reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Cecil E. Leith
Benedict, Francis Gano
Mademoiselle Pompilian had not read Carnegie Institution Publica- 
tion ITo. 123, had made no effort to obtain it, and apparently did not know 
of its existence. M'hen I told her that it was in several 3 ibraries in 
Paris, she said that it takes three years to get a new book at the Biblio¬ 
thèque Rationale, for it requires this time to catalogue it and put it on 
the shelves. -Subsequently K. Alquier told me that she could not have tried 
to get the book, as he personally knew of the existence of a number of the 
books in ’’aris. In all probability, there was a copy in the Pasteur Insti¬ 
tute as aat assistant there was making some translations for the journal of 
the Société Scientifique d'Eygiene Alimentaire. 
Mademoiselle Pompilian told me of an Interesting experience with 
^ubner in Berlin, saying that he took her about the laboratory and finally 
came to a room marked "Pespiration Calorimeter". Taking out a k&y, he 
opened the door with an air of great secrecy and impressiveness and allov;- 
ed her to look in for a moment or two, saying that it was his own private 
room and no one else was allowed in it. 
I found it difficult to discuss the plans freely with different 
members of the commission, owing to the fact that Mademoiselle Pompilian, 
the author of one of the plans, was almost invariably present, while 
M. Lefèvre was not. Under the circumstances I could not criticise both 
plans to advantage. I called this fact to Dr. Roux's attention, and he 
said that I sho-ald feel no hesitancy in criticising her plan very severely 
if necessary as I was rendering a service to French science. 
Mademoiselle Pompilian is a very fluent talker, speaks excellent 
English, and is a very pleasant woman, but I consider her not at all prac¬ 
tical. She told me her plans in a general way but she was so diffuse in 
her descriptions and they were so mixed up with other features of the 
building and with the general plans that I did not get a good idea of them.


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