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The pianos owned by the University, with the exception of the new one purchased last year, are in deplorable condition and nearly or quite beyond repair. We shall doubtless all agree as to the importance of strongly sustaining this new department. The Chickering piano in the chapel is possibly worthy of repair. Such investigations as I have been able to make indicate that by the expenditure of $100 to $150 it may be put in condition to be of service to us for several years. There should be a good piano in the room of the instructor in vocal music, and there should be a good, serviceable piano in readiness continuously for student practice. From the first I have thought it highly important to have a teacher of the violin and other stringed instruments in the department. In view of the fact that Mr. Steele is to retire it has occurred to me that it may be practicable to find a man who would T meet this need and at the same time lead the band and assist in the musical w ork generally, so far as he could do so. Under all these circumstances, I recommend: 1. That the sum of $1,000 be appropriated for repairing pianos and the purchase of new ones, and that authority be given to make any exchange of instruments upon terms which may seem advantageous. 2. That the President be authorized to employ an additional instructor in the Music Department, for the purpose mentioned, at a salary of not to exceed $800 per year. Very truly yours,


President. D r . S m i t h a n d t h e B u s i n e s s M a n a g e r were a p p o i n t e d to effect a n y exchanges or p u r c h a s e s of i n s t r u m e n t s . T h e following r e c o m m e n d a t i o n , m a d e by P r e s i d e n t D r a p e r , was a d o p t e d on motion of Mr. R a y m o n d :


To the Board of Trustees. The time has come wheu it seems imperatively necessary that the University should employ a man whose special duty it shall be to visit high schools with a view to placing them, or continuing them, upon the accredited list of the University. The work has heretofore been done by members of the faculty and always with more or less inconvenvience to their regular University work, as well as without the best results upon the field. When the examinations of high schools are made by different members of the Faculty, of course, there is an inevitable variaty of judgment exercised in determining their status. I am confident that it would be very greatly to the advantage of University work, that it would promote the best relations between the University and the high schools, and that it would have a stimulating and helpful effect upon the high school work throughout the state, if we could have the right man, whose time should be exclusively devoted to that important interest. I therefor recommend that authority be given the President to employ such a man for the ensuing year at a salary not to exceed $1,200.00. Very truly yours,


President. A p p o i n t m e n t s of t h e staff of t h e S t a t e L a b o r a t o r y of N a t u r a l H i s tory were m a d e as follows u p o n r e c o m m e n d a t i o n of t h e Director, P r o fessor S. A. F o r b e s , t h e a p p o i n t m e n t to d a t e from J u l y 1, 1896:

Charles A. H a r t , Systematic Entomologist and Curator of Collections, 12 m o n t h s at F r a n k Smith, A s s i s t a n t Zoologist, 2 m o n t h s at Mary J. Snyder, Secretary, 12 m o n t h s at H. C. Forbes, L i b r a r i a n and Business Agent, 12 m o n t h s at Lydia M. H a r t , at the following rates per hour of service r e n d e r e d : Chart Drawing 25c, Outline D r a w i n g 30c, Shaded D r a w i n g 35c « . I W. A. Snow, Assistant Entomologist, 11 m o n t h s at $62 50 100 00 62 50 83 33

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