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He Was Not Whipped

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To the Editor of The Register. Sir : - Ia your last issue you state tbat I admitted myself 'wrhipped" in the argument before the committee at Lansing This I absolutely dtny. The argumenta facts and figures presented by certain o my colleagues I have never questioned nor wished to question. They are altogether beside the question at issue, an were only useful before that committee and in your columns to obscure and confuse that question whieh, when honestly looked at by competent and impartía authorities, can only be decided in one way. I have never depreciated the standing of the medical department nor that of its graduates ; but I do muintain without fear of successful contradiction that the extensión of its clinical department to the metropolis of tbe state, is demanded by every consideraron of medical education and of humanity. Regent Whitman and other members ol the delegation trom Ann Arbor openly and before my face gloated and chuckled over the belief that they had convinced the committee that I was actuated by selfish motives and was working in the interest of Detroit as against Ann Arbor, and still, when I put the question directly to Regent Whitman whether he believed that these were my motives, he replied at once : "No, I must do you the jugtice to say that I do not believe it, but still my business was to get the committee to believe tbat way and I succeeded." It is a small matter, Mr. Editor, whether I was or was not "down ed" before that committee ; the great questioa for which I have done my best to secure a fair investigaron can not be downed by that species of táctica any more than by the absolutely irrelevant and perfectly childish array of facts acd6gures set forth by Drs. Vaughan and Herdman. When these j -mng gentlemen have spent one-tenth part of the time and labor tbat Dr. Frothingham and I have done in building up a clinic, they will hide their heads with shame when they remember their speeches which they took such apparent trouble to give your readers the f uil benefit of. This clinic question is a difficnlt one for the lay public to appreciate the merits of; and eo much pains have been taken to impart personal considera i ns into it and to excite local jealousy, and to magnlfy all sorts of side issues relating to it, that a calm judgment in regard to it is hardly to be expected from the average run of citizene. Out of it all, however, I knew that good must ultimately come to the University and to 8uffering humamty, and a correct and final solution of the problem will show, among other thingg, that before the medical department of the University of Michigan there lies in the near future a possible career of usefulness and greatness in contrast with which her past history, splendid se it undoubtedly has been, will eink into insignificance. In struggling honestly and earnestly for the realization of this "larger hope," I can truly say for myself that I am ready and willing to submit to any araount of "whipping" and "downing" and even to the contumely and ingratitude of individuals from whom I had a right to expect at least respectful and honest and honorable treatment Donald Maclean. Detroit, May 5, 1889. [ Dr. Maclean declares tbat the facts presented by Drs. Herdman and Vaughan before the legislative oommittees, and printed ia this paper last week, do not meet the point at issue in this clinic discussion. He does not prove this. The Register will gladly give him all the space he may think he needs in order to make his assertion good. We have never seen anything but the most general statements in favor of having the clinical instruction in Detroit. If Dr. Maclean has anything more to offer, now is the time to give his facte. Ed. Register.] The Glee club boys should have a larger house in Ann Arbor than they bad last y ar. Tbe student, it is certain, will turn out in force ; but will the town people go in force, also ? They ought to do so, not only for the sake of enjoying a fine entertainment, bat for the sake of eooouraging tbe club.


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