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What Ann Arbor Wants

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We have already shown that Ann Arbor boasts of a number of flourishing industries and that it is, tradition notwithstanding, a manufacturing center of respectable proportions. Water is abundant, taxes are low, railroad facilities are good and the surrounding country is rich. Good power, for small manufactories, is furnished by tho Ann Arbor water works. These facts, together vvith the fact equally important but often overlooked, that the name "Ann Arbor," known as it is throughout the world, is invaluable as a means of advertising, have already brought many factories here. There can be no doubt but that i more FUEJUTUHE l'ACTORIES might be established here to good advantage. As everyone knows, there are many grades of furniture. There shoiild be different factories to correspond. Those which have already been established here have paiu so well that it has been necessary continually to enlarge their facilities. Hard wood förests are not far distant, fuol is cheap and the markets are easily accassible. Good buildings could be rented, or good sites could be purchased at a comparatively small expense. WOOLEX MILLS would undoubtedly pay at Ann Arbor. During the past few years the wool, growing industry in Washtenaw county has been largely developed and found to be highly profitable. The farmers within a radius of tiventy-tive miles raise enough wool to supply a largo mili. l'Al'K.K MILLS. Several factories of this kind already exist near Ann Arbor. All of these employ a large number of men and are highly prosperous. The proximity of forests which supply good pulp for mauufacturing certain kinds of paper is a very important advantage. The industry is by no means as fully developed in this vicinity as it might be. FRUIT AND VEGETABLE WORKS. Ann Arbor already has a large dried fruit and vinegar factory. There is room for other works of the same kind which might, to good advantage, be devoted particularly to canning and preserving fruit and vegetables. We havo before demonstrated the great ' richness of the fruit producing country in this vicinity. With all the other conditions equally favorable, it cannot be doubted but that Ann Arbor could support at least half a dozen fruit factories. AGRICULTURA!, IMPLEMENTS. The manufacture of agricultural implements is already largely carried on her. Certain kinds of implements, however, are not aa yet made. A harvester or mower factory would undoubtedly jjay in Ann Arbor. Farm wagons and threshers could also be manufactured to good advantage. MISCELLANEOUS PACTORIKs. In the foregoing paragraphs we have by no means exhausted the number of industries for which Ann Arbor offers advantages We might add car works, a linseed oil factory, boiler works, indurated fibre works, sewer pipe factory, carpet factory, boot and shoe factory, etc, etc. SCHOOL OF MUSIC. Theeducational advantages off e red by Ann Arbor ought to be supplemented by a good conservatory of music. That a good school of this sort, with proper financial management, would pay, there can be no doubt. Already Ann Arbor accommodates 3,000 studente during the college year. Many of these would take special courses in a conservatory of music were the opportunity afforded. It is not extravagant to say that at least 500 persons would patronize the school in this way, while at least many more would be induced to come to Ann Arbor for the sake of musical instruction. We might add that Ann Arbor already has the proper man to conduct such an institution. As professor of music in the University, A. A. Stanley, without a question, has made the musical courses far more efficiënt than they ever were before. He is besides a man of great executive ability and push. Already steps have been taken looking to the consummation of this project. Several citizens have already offered to take stock provided 850,000 could be raised. This amount would suffice for the erection of a good building and the payment of teachers' salaries for one year. One real estáte flrm offers to dónate a sito a,nd to take a certain amount of stock besides, provided a school be organized. THEOLOGICAL, SEMINARIES. Dr. Tappan, late president of the University, used todream of a time when the University of Michigan should be Burrounded, as a eun by its planeta, with many private schools of various kinds Thoological seminaries and ladies' boarding schools could undoubtedly be located at no better place, and maintainec no more cheaply, than at Ann Arbor The ordinary branches could be studiec to good advantage in the University while the study of religious subjects and line arts might be pursued in the outlying schools. It is hoped, and, indeed expected, that Dr. ïappan's dream WÜl be realized.


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