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Opening Of The Homeopathic Ampitheatre And Hospital

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According to announcement the new hospital and ainpitheatru conuected with the homeopathie department of the University, was formally opened for business last Friday evening. At an early hour the audienofi eommfinc.ed gathfiring, an at 8 o'clock the ampitbcatre - which by the way Is a very neat and tasty one save the wretched and villainous seats - was crowded with people. After the band had discoursed several pieces of music the Dean of the homeopathie department, E. C. Franklin, M. D., stepped forward and introduced Rev. Wyllys Hall, who asked the blessing of God upon the new edifice, ts future work and workers. Dr. Franklin then delivered the address of welcome. He stated that through niany trials and mueh patiënt waiting, the efforts of the homeopaths and their friends had been crowned with success. The little giant of homeopathy stood that night on cqual terms upon the campus with its older neighbor across the way. He referred to thj pioneer life of the profession, and of the rapid strides it had made in the hearts of the people in nearly all parts of the world, but gave the Anaerican8 credit for better apprei it ing its virtues than any othr1 nation. The flnt recognition by tbe legislature was spoken of, and the difficulty experiencadin obtaining justiee for their cause, until finally, in 1875, two professors wereappointed, one of whom, Prof. S. A. Jones, had struggled through all Jiflieuliics and still held his position. To-day their eflorts were crowned with a glorious reault, for they were taking a perpetual lease of one üf' the largest ampitheaters in the wesiern states, and one of the most complete hespitais in the country, belonging to this particular school, and furthermore they proposed to remain, notwithstanding all opposition. He spoke in terms of praise of the forbearance of the students, and their exeeeding good nature in taking the deprivations forced upon them without niuruur, which showed that they were firmly wedded to the pathy of their choice and would never falter in advocating its intere&ts. The Dr. apoke of the unrelenting war which had been waged upon the department by its opponetits, and bitterly denounceti persecutora. He spoke of a similar cooíict in the Iowa University, and said that the regenta there cauie forward and infbnued the professors that they should accoid to the homeopathie students cqual rights in all clinical or othor advantages, or their places would be suppliedby uien who would do it. The need of more clinical subjects was spoken of, but the assertion was mide by the speaker that '' more were now treated by them than by their neighbjrs across the avenue," which was receied with loud applause, mingled witli a fuw .-.!- ilant sounds frorn some parts of tbe house. The University was spoken of as rapidly becoming the center around which the mlture and civilization of the country were circulating. At close of his address Dr. Franklin was preaented with an immense bouquet, rifulling his own stature in sizo. The President of the junior class, Samuel E. Burchfield, in a few wellchoson remarks, made the presentation, to which the recipiënt properiy responded. Prof. Samuel A. Jones was thon introduced, being down for the inaugural address. He commenoed by complimenting the Statelof Michigan for her libeiality, and stating that she was the lirst to grant their profession the same rights accorded to every one in religión. He referred feelingly to the past, and the determined fight against a determined and vindictive opposition. He bitterly denounced the action of the regular medical department, and bis sarcasm was keen, cutting and unmerciful. The main portion of hia address was an appsal for more cliuical material. A very wise and sensible suggestion was made, that the many diseased persons now supported by the counties of the State in poor and alma houses, be sent to the hospital for treatment, and there be restored to usefulness ascitizens, instcad of beingan incubas upon the people. This could be done without additional oost to the people. It would in rcality be a saving to them by making a large proportion of the paupers capable of self-support. He made an eloquent appeal for free beds in the hospital, showing conclusively how they could be made not only profitable to science but to the commonwealth at large in a pecuniary point of view. A lying in hospital for women was also needed. Catholic Europe in this respect displayed a noble example. What will Puritan America do? This portion of the speakers' remarks ought to be read by every citizen of the State. They were to the point, and touched upon a sadly neglected subject. Business America has too long forgotten suffering humanity. Books nor teachers cannot give to the student experience, and to thoroughly prepare our future physicians, familiarity with disease must be had. A hospital is their only opportunity, and he appealed to every one present to send all cases possible to the clinics and hospital. Dr. I. N. Eldridge, of Flint, then read a brief paper congratulating the people upon the triumph of right, and recounted the history of the department, its fights in the legislature and the state supreme court, the latter having at three different times been appealed to. During the reading of Dr. Eldridge'a nannr a little flurrv of escitement was caused by the fainting of a lady upon the lower tier of seats, the room being extremely warm, and the building illy ventilated. Dr. A. I. Sawyer, of Monroe, was next called upon, and said a few congratulatory words. During his remarks he related being driven from his quarters in Cleveland by a mob in the early days of homeopathy. Also spoke of a young student starting out for himself in Medina, Ohio, who upon walking the streets in company with a young lady, was followed by the school children of the place and regaled with the duck like sounds of "quack! quack ! quack ! " and the lady he referred to was before him in the audience. But he lived down the bitter prejudice, and to-day Ohio has 500 homeopathie physicians. Prof. Wilson was next called upon and was particularly happy in bis remarks, so much so that the villainous, straightbacked, cramped-up seats seemed endurable while he was speaking. Dr. Angelí was called for and made a powerful plea for free hospital privileges. He also enlarged upon the idea of Prof. Jones, respecting the free treatment of pereons now in county alms houses and being supported by the people. Mayor Smith was aftcrward called upon by the audience, but did not responded. The exercises were interesting, and listened to attentively by those present. We understand a supper was held afterward for the guests from abroad.