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Day
13
Month
December
Year
1872
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Public Domain
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Tho Univoraity is the property of tho people of tho Statu of Michigan. "W'u take a just pridu iti her success. ÍVu sliould cheerfully aflbrd cveiy facility for tho accomplishinont of the highest attuiuablo culture. Evcry pcrson familiar with hor history uudersands the fact that tho Iustitutioil has outgrowu the most sanguine antiei patioiiB of her founiler9 aud early frieuds. Had tho citizens of 1810 been told that ia thiity years thirteen hundred young men and woruon would be receiving instruction in her halls ; that they would ba iitted for all the dutits of prufussional lifr; that thirty-six instructora - uianyofthilu persons not only of national but of continental reputation - would bo engaged in tho woru, of devoting their whole tirno and cnergies to the task, ho would hm o exhibited tho ineredulity of tho English engineer, who declared tho utter impossibility of suoce-sful railroading. Our expectations havo boen much moto than rcalizod. With this realization comoa coirospondingexpendituresandobligations. Tho professor who gave his energies to the work for $1,000 per year, thirty years ago, can no lougor be secured for a less suru than is paid to a dry goods clerk. Five or six professors answerd the modest douiaud at an early day; now that number may be inultiplied by seten, and yet produce no super-abundance. The Univeraity fund proper is capabla of uofurther expansión. Tho University, us the child of the State, looks to the people for whatover balance is required. Now, while wo demand tho most rigid economy in our Stato institutions, we advocate no niggardly policy. This great institution of learning is in full syiupathy with our people. All departments - literary, scientifie, law, and medica), are open to male and female alike. Within the last two years by an act of the Regents, the High Schools of the Stato havo beun placed in intímate relationship with the University. In reality, therefore, this abodo of learning is but the stepstono to our noble system of publio Iustructiou. Every child in the State, black or white, rich or poor, nativo orforeign-born can, if possestsing tho requisita qualifications, enter on cqual footing. We notice by report of the September meeting of the Board of Kegents that a full and complete financiil exhibit has been ordered, which is to be presented to the Legislature eleet. While we havo the utmost confidence in the present management of tho Board of Regents yot we are mueh pieased that such exhibit bas been ordered, and will carefully scan it at an early day. In udvauco of this, howcver, we may say that wc are informed of tho fact that a small appropriation will be required to finühthe building; that a small appropriation will also be required to pay current expenses, ond that the LegUlituro will bu askcd to m;iku eomo suitable provisión for the futuro support of the institutiou in nddition to hei lcitimato resources. We havo no hesitation in saying - knowing the men us we do - that Lenawco county, through hor represen tati ves, will aid in ostablishing a liberal policy. We havo Ioj much regard for the cause of a higher odueation ; too much pride in tho success which is being achieved to neglect so sacred an interest. Harvard suffered by tho Boston firo ; but while the embers were still smoking over $60,000 was raised to muko v.p the loss. Now, we are, comparativoly speaking, in ourinfancy in Michigan iiud few wcalthy men aro propared to endow particular chaira or dopartments. The TTnivorsity has recuived nearly nothing from private munificence. Sho relies, and must .in the nature of things continuo to rely, on tha people to whom she bolongs. Wo sinccrely trust tht the Legislaturo will make suitablo provisión for all her wants. Tho Medical Department is nearly, if not quite self-sustaining. On an average over 400 men annually receiveinstruction there. That instruction is vory full and complete, with the single exception of hospital facilities. There are hundreds of persons in our poor houses and elsewhere, who are draggiug out a misserable oxist etnee in filth and putrifaction to whom the Stato owes an obligation which it can no ïonger ignore - an obligation based on the simple platform of humanity. A placo where these wretched beings eau be cared for, and thrcugh the agoncy of which many of them can be reiored to society and friends should be providejl. We understandthat the Ch airman of the Uuiversity Medical committee pledges the department to tho proper medical and surgical treatment of such persons, without expense to the State, provided a small amount be furnished by the Legislature towards tho founding of suco an institution at Ann Arbor. Now, if we can, at a very moderate óutlay, secure such a Hospital in connection with the Medical department, and at tho same time benefit the Medical school, and through tho Medical scheol tho peoplo of the State, we can seo no reason why this matter should be postponed. Wo are blessed with prosperity unparlollod in the history of Michigan ; our taxes for stato purposes proper are very light, and our means of doing good in u legitimato manner aro ampie. Let us chocrfully maintain our great edueational and humanitarian entorprisos and securo not only the direct material results which will grow out of our labors, but also the conscious satisfaction of faithfully performing every good work

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