Press enter after choosing selection

Mayor Doty will give the city one of the...

Mayor Doty will give the city one of the... image
Parent Issue
Public Domain
OCR Text

Mayor Doty will give the city one of the cleanest cut and best administrations it ever had. Governor Winans has appointed Frederick Schmid, of this city, a member of the board of trustees of Pontiac Asylum, in place of Jacob S. Farrand, deceased, for the term expiring in 1895. This is an excellent appointment and a deserved recognition of the German-American democrats of this county. It is understood that it was obtained without Mr. Schmid's knowledge, and Mr. Whitman and others of this city brought the suggestion to the governor's attention. Mr. Schmid's fitness for the position goes without question. In no way could the appointment been bettered. Evidently the democratie city ticket was made up of more than ordinarily good material this year. The Courier says they were "men of personally irreproachable character. " The Register says the democrats "selected the very best men they could find in their party." And yet the Courier seems to think the democracy blundered. If this is the way to blunder, may there be more blunders in city elections. Never before the democracy been called upon to fight against so great odds. The citizens' movement, a mere trick of the republicans, was worked with great success. Six or eight hundred signatures were obtained to a pledge to vote a ticket named by a committee of forty-six. Twelve staunch republicans got together Saturday night and indorsed the republican ticket nearly in its entirety. The signers of the citi zens' petition were reminded of their pledges. The prohibitionists also went in solidly for the republicans. And yet the democrats won. Passage of the University Bill. The appropriation bill of the University passed the senate, Wednesday. The following interesting account of the bill is taken from the Detroit Free Press: The bill allowing the Michigan University the sum of $185,000 for current expenses and management for the ensuing two years came .up this afternoon on a special order. It will be remembered that the same measure was up for passage last week, but upon the strenuous objection of Senators Bastone and Benson, the matter was deferred until this afternoon. Senator DoAn spoke at some length favoring the passage of the appropriation. He read a communication from President Angelí which, among other things, said that one point upon which legislators and others were uninformed was that in 1804 one township of land was given by the United States, and in 1826 another, for the endowment of a university. These lands were sold by the state, many of them at a ruinous sacrifïce, and the money was placed in the state treasury in perpetuity to pay seven per cent on the proceeds. This United States fund, yielding about $38,500 annually, is really the only endowment. This forms an equitable claim for fair and generous treatment of students trom all parts of the union. At present there is also a large discrimination in fees in favor of Michigan students as against nonresidents. The total fees received from non-residents, who constitute 52 per cent of those in attendance (1,258 out of 2,420), is some $60,000; twice as much as the fees received from Michigan students, which amount to some #30,000. In every department but the law the expenses are greater than the fees. The law alone is self-supporting. The expenses for salaries amountto $12,000. The feesamount to L25,600. The fees of the resident students alone in the law department amount to $20,500, or $8,500 more than the salaries. The fees of non-resident students have been twice raised, in 1881 and 1887. It took three years to get as much money from them as before, and it took six years to regain the attendance. Raising the fee again would for a time lose both students and income. The education of Michigan students was worth much more by reason of the presence of students from all parts of the country. The mingling with them is itself an education in many respects more valuable than the instruction in the class-room. President Angelí 's letter was listened to with interest. At the conclusión of the reading Senator Doran continued: "The utmost economy," said he, "unknown to other great universities is practiced at Ann Arbor. The current expenses amount to $200,000. Harvard, with fewer students, spends from $600,000 to $700,000 per annum. Cornell, with about half our number, spends half as much again as we do. Yale spends considerably more. If Senator Bastone's theory that the University should be self-supporting were carried out, thr state could not have a public school nor a college. All cost more than the fees received." Senator Bastone did not think from the amount asked for that the institution was run very economically. True, it was carried on in the interest of education, but still was a burden on many poor people within the state. It was time to cali a halt. However, he did not say that it was not a grand institution. He had not that idea, for it was conceded by every one that it was one of the foremost colleges in the land. He related a story of Dr. Frothingham, who once said that he was too busy to opérate gratis upon a poor farmer boy's eyes. "If that is the policy of the great university," he added, "then I want none of it!" Senator Withington, while of the opinión thaf the fees could be slightly raised, also thought that the University was a direct benefit to the state at large as well as the people. He was at a loss to understand how it was a burden upon anyone. In order to prove that it was not a college of the rich rether than of pupils in moderate circumstances, Senator Withington read from an old report showing the pursuits.of the parents of students as follows. Farmers, 502; merchants, 171; lawyers, 93; physicians, 83; manufacturers, 52; mechanics, 54; clergymen, 51; bankers and brokers, 28; real estáte and insurance agents, 33; teachers, 26; lumbermen, 24; contractors and builders, 17; salesmen, clerks and bookkeepers, 17; druggists and chemists, 16; tailors, 15; dealers in live stock, 14; millers, 14; commercial travelers, 14; dentists, 12; common laborers, 8. "It will be seen that farmers' children exceed every other class," said Senator Withington, upon the conclusión of the reading. "In view of the figures, can it be said that agriculturists are not only accommodated, but are taking advantage of the various departments of study. The fees should be raised, as I have no fear of any considerable reduction in the attendance, in view of the character and reputation it has attained. The ancient and inferior character of some of the buildings show plainly that economy rules supreme. So do the small salaries paid to the professors, in consequence of which Ann Arbor has time and again lost valuable men. Senator Benson remarked that the institution needed no champion. He also denied that he or any other Patrón of Industry Senator was opposed to the appropriation asked for. As an act of justice, not only to the university itself, but to the down-trodden taxpayers of Michigan as well, the tuition fee should be raised. Senator Doran explained that he understood that the Regents were considering the advisability of raising the tuition fee an extra $10. Senator Fridlender expressed prise at the small amount asked for. There was no man in the state, he said. but what could send his son or daughter there if he chose. The bill finally passed hy the following vote : Yeas - Messrs. Benson, Beers, Brown, Crocker, Doran, Fridlender, Garvelink, Gilbert, McCormick, Mil nes, Morrow, Mugford, Porter, Sabin, Sharp, Weiss, Wheeler, Withington and Wisner - 19. Nays - Messrs. Bastone, Boughner and Holcomb - 3.