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Ol'K UNI VI L'SI'I'Y
The University of Illinois has d monstrated its rat n < d'etre. It- usefulness and importance arc no Ion ^ 'tjuestioned by those most capable o\ ^ood judgment in In a tional affairs. Its name is known and honored thr hout our land, and never hotter and more than today. In this srreat Columbian year the University of Qlinois is accorded the first place among all educational institutions the world over, for having made the largest, most varied, and most representative exhibit of its equipments and work at tin World's Columbian Exposition. No other similar institution even nearly approached it in this respect; and as th< general educational exhibit at Chicago surpassed that of any former world's exposition, so the exhibit of this University stands recorded as the greatest of it- kind ever made on the earth. This does not, n ither is it intended to. imply that no other institutions could have made such a display; but th< number that could have equaled or surpassed it is not large, however much the older and better known universities o\ this and foreign lands may surpass ours in their particular specialties. Most i)( these latter have not the material equipment and products to enable them to enter into such i competition. They have great libraries, but these could not be shown: they have magnificent buildings, but thes< ould not b moved to Ja< kson Park; they have faculties it both in numerical membership and in individual renown, but thes< could not be placed in glass cages; the\ h ve reman tble and honorable histories, but t h e p a g e a n t n