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ard of education in their respective fields of labor, hasbeen faithfully adhered to.

"Among the many evidences of the interest the Superintendents take in their work, which I have witnessed and remembered, one seems specially worthy of note here. While traveling two or three days, with one of the Superintendents, over his field of labor, I noticed that his faithful steed espied school-houses more readily than I could, and when left entirely to himself, he would slacken his pace as he approached, until he came to a halt before the door. Verily, that horse knoweth his master's business.”

I could continue to make quotations from other reports from this State, and from the reports of the Superintendents of other States, but their testimony is a unit. I kave made these selections, as they hint at some of the difficulties which must be met whenever a change in the system of supervision shall be made by any State. But the fact that there may be some obstacles to overcome, and difficulties to encounter, should not deter a State in making the change. And where these difficulties are met, they should not be charged upon the system, but should be looked upon as the inevitable attendants of the change itself.

At a meeting of State Superintendents of Public Instruc-. iton, held in Washington, in February last, considerable time was spent in discussing the question of county superintendency.

In many of the States represented, this system of school supervision has been in operation for many years, and the unanimous testimony was that the system was most successful in its working, and all had come to feel that this was a fixed and absolutely necessary part of their school systems.

Believing, as I do, that the best interest of our schools are suffering for the want of vigorous supervision, and knowing that the present system fails to meet this want, I most earnestly recommend to the consideration of the present Legislature the propriety of adopting the system of county superintendency.

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The marked prosperity which the University has enjoyed for years past still attends it. The number of students in its various departments, has been largely increased during the past year, and that number is still more increased the present year. Every department is now working up to its full capacity of men, and means, and room. The large increase of students of necessity requires a corresponding increase of teaching force, which largely augments current expenses, and requires additional rooms for recitations, lectures, &c. The income of the University, from all sources, fails to meet the necessarily large expenses. We see no reason why the number of students should not continue to increase in the future as they have in the past. It is very evident that the maximum is not yet reached. Every lover of sound learning must rejoice in this unprecedented prosperity; although so wonderful, yet full of health and vigor. No one will be willing to have it said that this prosperity is checked, or the power of the University is crippled from lack of means. Efforts have been made, to some extent, to secure the endowment of the Observatory. It is to be hoped that this effort may prove speedily successful.

The Law Library has been enriched the last year by a donation from Hon. Richard Fletcher, of Boston, Mass., of his large and valuable private Law Library. The number of students in the Law Department, has become so great it has been found necessary to establish a fourth professorship, which has been named the Fletcher Professorship, in honor of the donor of the Law Library just mentioned. Large additions have been made to the museum, especially in the Departments of Geology, Zoology, and Botany.

The President in his Annual Report says: "The University has been so uniformly prosperous and successful during the past year, that there is but little of incident in its history needing mention in my Annual Report. No change was made in

the Faculty, none in the courses of study. All departments were larger than in the preceeding year. The year was singularly free from disturbances or difficulties of any kind.” The number of students was as follows:

Department of Scienoe, Literature and the Arts. Seniors,

43 Juniors,

41 Sophomores,

59 Freshmen,

93 In Higher Chemistry,...

70 In Select Studies,...



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The number of graduates during the year in the various departments was as follows:

Department of Science, Literature and the Arts. Civil Engineer, 7; Bachelor of Science, 6; Bachelor of Arts, 30; Master of Arts, 19; Master of Science, 5. In the Department, 67.

Department of Medicine and Surgery. Doctor of Medicine, 74.

Department of Law. Bachelor of Laws, 108.

The Honorary Degree of L. L. D., was conferred on one person; and the Honorary Degree of M. A., on one. Total number of degrees conferred, 251.


The very fall Report of this College, as presented by its President, represents the College as enjoying a prosperity which must be exceedingly gratifying to its friends and patrons. It has almost entirely recovered from its previous embarrassments, and has every prospect of securing immediately a liberal and permanent endowment. In speaking of this, the President says: "The friends of the College are hopeful and earnest beyond any former period, and are confident that, including the $25,000 raised by the citizens of Albion and vicinity, $100,000 will be placed at interest, for the benefit of the College, during the coming year."

The summary gives the number of instructors in all departments,

7 The number of students: Sophomores,

6 Freshmen,

.... 21 Preparatory

234 Painting and Drawing, ...

11 Selected Studies,

22 Music,


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The Report which comes from this College represents the condition of the College to be exceedingly prosperous. The finances are rapidly improving, the number of students rapidly increasing, and friends full of hope in the success of the College multiplying on every hand. The officers of the College are greatly encouraged in their work. Several large bequests were left to the College during the past year. This College, in common with others, has had its hours of darkness and days of struggle; but it is now believed that its darkest ours are past and its severest struggles over, and its friends are rejoicing in the hopeful prospects for the future. The number of Instructors reported in the several departments,..


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From a catalogue we gather the following statements:

Hillsdale College is located at Hillsdale, Michigan, on the Michigan Southern Railroad. The college edifice is of brick, four stories high besides the basement, embracing apwards of

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