IT is difficult to write of Charles Parsons, a great inventor, one to whom civilisation owes more than a friend's feeble pen can well express. Try to picture the world without his inventions, in the days when Atlantic travel took place in ships like the old Scotia of the Cunard Line, or the first Oceanic, which, when the White Star Line started some sixty years ago, created so much interest on Mersey side. Contrast these with the Mauritania and the Lusitania, the first great ships propelled by Parsons' turbine, or to come to our own days, with the Cunard Aquitania or the Bremen of the North German Lloyd Line. Maybe in 1931 we pay too much attention to speed, but time has a high value, and the minutes saved for useful work by the invention, which startled the world when the Turbinia first showed herself at the Jubilee Review in 1897, total many millions in number. These are due to Charles Parsons.