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The Mining School

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Parent Issue
Day
31
Month
March
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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The followiug interesting diapatch from Lausiug appeared iu this rnoruing's Tribune and a similar dispatch iu the Free Press: Lausing. Micb., Special Telegram, March 26. - The people of the upper península will be interested iu the faoc that ïiotwithstauding the uuanimous recommendatiau of the house cornmittee on education that the proposed uew state normal school be located at Marquette, there is a very stroug probability that it will be located at Honghton. They will be still more concerued by the aunouncemeut that the Michigan College of Mines now located at Houghton, will be removed to Aun Arbor and the building thus vacated be utilized for normal school purposes. This solatiou of the problem, wjhich is very tnuch more than a mere p'ossibility, is the ontgrowth of a rapidly iucreasing sentiment amoug the legislators, especially the senators, against appropriating auy more money for the maintenance of the Oollpge of Mines in its present Jocatiou. A total of $494,000 has thns far been appropriated for this iustitution siuce it was founded, and it is asking this legislatura for $170,000 more. Very many of the legislators who made the juuketing trip tbrough the upper península last moath have expressed the opinión thafc the state has paid altogether too dear for this whistle, and the convictiou that Houghton and Marquette counties have combined to capture all the good things that are apportiongd to the upper península from time to time. In the present iustance it is believed that if the represeutatives of these two counties had uot entered into a combination, the normal school vould have gone to Menomiuee. The legislators who favor the removal of the College of Mines tu Aun Arbor and making it an adjunct of the university, show conclusively that a well condncted normal school can be maintained at Honghton in the preseut building for about $10,000 a year. The location is an ideal one. Attention is called to the fact that this little college, with only about 100 studeuts, is asking for $170,000,whereaa all thejuniversity realizes from the oue-sixth tnill tax placed at its disposal is 1186,000 a year. The university is now atking for a scieuee hall, which is imperatively ueeded, and the amount asked for by the upper península college would tmild and eqnip a science hall that wonld uot have a superior iu the country. The work done at the College of Mines could be made a part of the department of mechanical and raining engineering of the uuiversity with but little additional oost. It is cited that oue of the best ruiuing colleges in the world is conduoted in connection with Colnmbia college and the oost of living at A nu Arbor is much less than at Hoaghton. President Pro Teru. Loomis and Senators Granara, Brown, Suyre, Potter and Blakeslee are among tho inflaiutial inembers of the upper honse who favor the reraoval plan, aud they are gathering facts and figures to demónstrate the wisdom of the change, while Lieut. -Gov. Robinson, who resides in Houghton county, and Senator Wagar are opposing it. "Two years ago, " said Senator Graham,"I iavored making this cbange and I am thoronghiy convinced that it shonld be wade. The College of Mines is asking for more rnouey every year, and it would be wise to correct at once the error of locutng it where it is. " Senator Brown, who is chairman of the comiuittee on university, says he is getting together material to prove to the tax payers that the removal should be made. The two iustitutious aro now doing parallel work, tbe Honghton college simply dnplicatiug that done at Aun Arbor. The university, he says. has a better laboratory than they will ever have at Houghton. Although the friends of tho latter school are always claiming the advautage of having the college located in the niining district, the fact is that the students do not have entrance to the Calumet & Hecla mine at all. Last year, he claimed, the students spent every Saturday in sorue of the other mines, or only about 40 days all told. "We raise by taxation for the university each year," said Senator Potter, "the paltry snm of $180,000, and here comes this little college with a request for $170,000. Just compare tbe great university with 3,100 students to the college with its corporal's guard of students. Why, with only two extra professors the college could be maintaiued with great credit to the state at Ann Arbor, and on this point I have collected facts and fiugres vvhich I will submit to the appropriations committee wnen the college appropriation bill comes before them. Senator Blakeslee confessed to being one of the originators of the removal plan. "When I was in Houghton iu January," he said, "Iinspected the college and it looked to me as if it had not been run more than three months. I conld not possibly see where the half milliou dollars it has cost the tax payers had gone. "