What is the most interesting duty you have performed? Tell why and write a theme explaining its engineering features.”
Some such question as the above has formed a part of the promotion examination of many a civil engineer of the Navy. The reason for its inclusion in the examination no doubt was to ascertain whether or not the candidate measured up to the standard set by John Paul Jones that “he not only should be able to express himself clearly and with force in his own language, both with tongue and pen, but he should be versed in French and Spanish.” Certainly most officers of the Corps of Civil Engineers who have had duty in Haiti would answer the above question by describing their Haitian experiences. The most gratifying condition encountered here is that one has the conviction that the great majority of the population appreciate what is being accomplished in their behalf.