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The Banquet of the Detroit Alumni Association last Friday evening, was a very happy event. ïlon. Thos. W. Palmer présided with his inimitable ease, and made a very Iiappy presenta tion of Dr. Angelí, the cliief speaker of the evening. ])r. Angell's theme was "The University of Michigan" and his speech was received with great applause, He spoke as follows: - "I will, first of all. to express my appreciation for your orsranization of this alumni association. Your toastrmister informs me you have been thinking about this for üfty years. 1 therefore atn led to infer that you have done well in thus maturing your plans before putting tbem into eifect. Detroiters have always been of great aid to the University. It was f rom Detroit that the University early drew some of its most useful students and friends. The relations of the University with the people of Detroit have always been very cordial and such occasions as these tend to intensify them. Such Detroiters as Ghancellor ' Parus wort h and Dr. Pitcher were of inestimable service to the University in its formative days. To Dr. Pitcher the medical departmènt practically owes its existence Citizens of Detroit have contri buted liberally to the University." Dr. Angelí then referred to the gifts of ITenry Walker, l'liilo l'arsons, United ÍStaUs Senator Mc VI Ulan Mrs. Xewberry, Miss Cole and otbers to various departments of the University. He especially meniioned the contribution of Farrand & Votey toward the fund for the big organ in University hall. "And I have reserved until the last, that which deservedto have been mentioned flrst. Levi L. Barbour, who sits to my right, I (hink I can truly say. is the University's largest benefactor. His contributibn to the Women's Gym. was munificent, and he has always been true ;uid d-voted to the interests cf the University. AV'e appreciate his vork as regent as much as his contributions of money." Dr. Angelí said he was pleased to reeognize most of those present as men and women who had attended the I 'niversity since he became its president. He referred to the present eondition and needs of the University and said: "The rednetion of the teaching force. I must confesa, has been attended with somfrtoes to is efficiency. I mer.tion this to show the needs of the l'inversity, which are increasing every year, because of the policy pursued" by the state legislature in kfeping down tlie allowance for the maintenance of the University. To the people,the hour is struck for the legislature to decide whether they intend to maintain the University in the high position it has attained, not only among the colleges of the West, but of the entire country, or permit it to take second or third place among the colleges and universi ties. If the state of Michigan does not wish to continue the University and maintain it properiy for the use óf her sons and daughters. then the legisla ture sliould know tbat t'act and say it plainly. ATe at the University have made no attempt to cover up the actual eondition and the real operation of the institution. The regents and officers have alw;iys been frank and open with the legislature. If anyone is in a position "to know this I ought to be. We have never attempted to conceal anything from the legislators. "The great usef ulness of the University is shown" by the producís of its work scattered all over the world- its graduates and the influence it has had on other educational sy sterns. There were more University" of Michigan graauates among the memuers ot the last three national congressns than those of any other university in the land. A superintendent of a school in Illinois, who was not a gradúate of the University of Michigan, made the significant statement in mv presence, right under the roof of the University of Chicago, that in his opinión nothing had done so inuch to raise the standard of the schools of Illinois as the inlluence exerted by the University of Michigan. Our University from a small beginning, has grown until it is the supreme leader among the universities of the West. Hut it has attained this proud position in spite of the limited means that have been at its disposa I. Cornell is allowed twice the funds given to the University of Michigan. Columbia. with only two-thirds as many student s, has twice our allowance. Ya'e and the University of Chicago, each have one half as many students. yet receive our allowance. Harvard, with 600 more students than we have, has three times the money there is at our disposal. In other words, we have been obliged to get aiong and üo the work ror$l that the other great universities of this country have done with $1.50 and $3. "The time has come for immediate relief for the State University. If the people of Michigan wish to maintain the University as it shoukl be maintained, and rescue it from its impending peril of descending to a second or third-rate institution, they must provide f unds for the work. The need is urgent, imperativo, The crisis is impending. Will the people respond and not only maintain, but extend the useiulness of Michigan's great institution of learning? 1 fervently trust they will do so." Professor Peabody's Lecture Fostponed. The lecture which was to have been given by Professor Peabody of Harvard, in the Unitarian church this evening, has to be postponed on account of unexpected and unavoidable detention. Uut it will probablybe given on Monday evening next, March 29, of whieh due notice will be given.


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