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The School Of Mines

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The following Lansiug dispatch appears in this afternoou's Detroit Eveiiiiig News: Tbe rnovement to remove the college of ruines of the university and use the present college buildings at Houghtou for normal school purposes has not been abandoned because of the action of the house in raaking an appiopriation for a normal school at Marque tte. One -half of the senators are openly in favor of niaking the change. Five are iucliued to think the plan a good one, although they are not prepared to definitely auriounce themselves. The l(i senators who will vote for removal are Blakeslee, Brown, Collingwood, Plood, Giddüigs, Graham, Helme, Loomis, Lyon, Monaghan, Potter, Sayre, Sheldon, Stoll, Wagner and Baker The doubtful senators are Ward, Atwood, Humphrey, Milliken and A G. Smith. Gov. Pingree says: "'I believe it should be done. It's a goed thing and will save the taxpayers a lot of money. Those'copper fellows talk about paying taxes, but they don t pay any more thau they have to, you bet, and ïiot near as much as they ought to. They don 't pay on anything like their real valuation, but the farmers down here are taxed on everytning they own, and il they don t come np with the cash, the collector takes a cow. " The senators who favor removal insist that neither the regents nor faculty of the university have ever said a wotd direutly or indirectly that could be construed as a wishto have the college at Aun Arbor. The former say the entire roovemeut is based on the logic of the situation, it beiug the only sensible aud aconomical thing to do. They submit thatjthe best reply to claim thatja student of mining engineering can be educated at Houghton in onefourththe time that we could be at theuriiversitv, an'd that he conld not be properly e cated at the latter place at all, is the fact that in the Colurnbia College of Mines, the best institution of its kind in the world, the course is but four years, and the college is'situated in the heart of New York city. A total of $576,000 has been appropriated for the Houghton college since its establishment in 1885, and it is now asking for $170,000 for the ensning two years. On the basis of average attendance it costs $425 per year per capita to edúcate its students. This cos t is com pared with $61.10 at the nniversity, $48.40 at the Normal college, and $27.20 at the Agrictdtural college. These figures make the total cost to the state of graduation per capita seven times the above figures in each instance, in addition to the payments made by the student. It is urged further that removal would do away with the expenses 'of the board of control, as the work of that board would be done by the regents of the university without extra cost.