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put on probation, and their superintendents notified that the instruction in their schools is not considered favorably by The University, and that, during the course of the next session, it is expected that satisfactory improvement will be made. It is gratifying to note the constantly increasing cordiality of the relations of The University and the affiliated schools. The Gymnasium for Women. One hundred and twenty young women have taken advantage of the Gymnasium classes. The question for "credit for Gymnastics" is peculiarly brought up and argued for as a matter possible. No statistics of measurements and physical examinations are published this year, owing to delay in getting apparatus.


The Gymnasium for Men. There are many paragraphs of great interest in Mr. Curtiss's report. Several such are reproduced here in full. "According to the rule passed by the Faculty last spring, the Junior Law students this year were required to take gymnastics as well as other first-year men. A special class, which met from 11 a. m. to 12 m., was arranged for the Law students, and about fifty reported for work. The Freshmen met in the afternoon; and, instead of being allowed to come at any hour, as heretofore, they were required to come from 3 to 4 p. m. This plan resulted advantageously in several ways. Each section was composed of the same men at each meeting, and was thus enabled to do more uniform work and better work. Greater interest was shown, and better attendance secured. The class for upper classmen had a daily average of about 25. Three hundred and seventy men occupied lockers, and many others who live near by attended without renting lockers, so the total number of men using the Gymnasium was considerably over 400. There seems to have been a misunderstanding among the students regarding the work required in Gymnastics. The impression was that they did not have to take the work in the first year, but could take it any year they chose. One of the benefits of the work arises from the habits of exercise and bathing formed during the first year. The physical examinations showed that the class averaged slightly taller than the two previous classes, and that the chest girth, lung capacity, and strength records were slightly better than for the past two years. The average gain in weight was five pounds; in normal chest girth, slightly over one inch; and in chest expansion, over one and a half inches. The average gain in lung capacity was twelve cubic inches; and the strength of back and legs, thirty and seventy-eight pounds, respectively. The average normal heart rate was reduced from 97 to 92 beats per minute. Among the first-year men, less than 10 per cent. of them were users of tobacco. A student with a well-defined case of tuberculosis placed himself in our hands for treatment about the first of November, and here is quoted below the man's own statement: 'When I came to The University last September I was suffering from tuberculosis. My left lung was badly consolidated, and I coughed considerably, raising a good deal of matter. Since taking the treatment recommended and supervised by the Director of the Gymnasium, I have improved very much. My cough is nearly gone. I raise but little matter, and weigh about thirteen pounds more than when I came here. Also my breathing is almost unob

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structed. All this has been accomplished, notwithstanding the fact that I had to study hard enough to be ranked near the head of my class.'" There have been added to the equipment of the Gymnasium a new vaulting horse and mats, two striking bags, a hot water tank of fifty gallons capacity, a pair of self-registering calipers for measuring chest, and a sphygmograph for obtaining pulse-tracings in the examination of the heart.

The Library Committee. The general burden of Dr. Fay's report is that it will be a bit of economy to buy expensive sets of technical works now. He cites the fact that one serial that might have been secured five or six years ago for $600.00 is now quoted in the second-hand catalogues at $1500.00. He says that if, in the next three or four years, $20,000.00 could be put into the literature of all time needed by the schools, something like adequate preparation would be made for the future of The University of Texas. The ephemeral literature, the output of any current year, is relatively inexpensive and dispensable. The technical journals are indispensable for the working scholar. They constitute The University library of the literature of all time. It is not a literature to be read for pleasure by the student-body, but it is a necessity for the scientific and technical work of our professors and to such of our advanced students as propose to count themselves among the scholars of the future. The Chairman also calls the attention of the Regents to the need for a modern and fireproof library building.



The University Record. We quote passages of interest from this. "The successful completion of the Alumni Catalogue, after various attempts going back over several years, was a source of considerable gratification. Typographically, it is a decidedly handsome and unusually well printed volume. As regards its contents, the cordial reception given it offers satisfactory evidence. With this catalogue as a basis, it will not be difficult for The University to follow the example of other institutions in the publication of similar triennial or quinquennial catalogues." The University Directory has been of great service. To everybody who has to do with University people, the lists have been extremely useful, and in particular the list of affiliated schools, with the names of their teachers and their graduates now in The University. The time has now come, I think, when the Directory, having approved itself, should be issued separately from THE RECORD, by the Registrar, during the month of October, to be paid out of the contingent or printing fund." "As to the future

of THE RECORD, I see no reason for departing from the lines already laid down. The larger grows the institution, the more worthy of being recorded are the steps of its progress, while its past history has as yet scarcely been touched." Dr. Battle concludes by saying that he thinks THE RECORD still in need of the customary appropriation from the Regents, and tenders his resignation as its editor-in-chief.

The Department of Engineering. The total enrollment in this department is 111. In addition to this, there are 11 Freshmen who are taking courses (preparatory to Electrical Engineering) in Physics, Drawing, Descriptive Geometry, Perspective Mathematics, and Modern Languages,—

the usual first-year course in Electrical Engineering. There are two upper classmen who have finished courses in the above subjects, declaring themselves candidates for the degree of Electrical Engineer. One Freshman and one Sophomore are working toward Mining Engineering, which makes a total enrollment of 126.

Mineral Survey. During the two years that The University has been in charge of the Mineral Survey, the following bulletins have been issued: Texas Petroleum, 4000 copies;


2. Sulphur, Oil and Quicksilver in Trans-Pecos Texas, 3000 copies;

3. Coal, Lignite, and Asphalt Rock, 4000 copies;

4. Quicksilver Deposits at Terlingua, 4000 copies;

5. The Minerals and Mineral Localities of Texas, 4000 copies;

6. A Topographical Map to Accompany No. 4, 4000 copies.



The demand for these publications has been so active that, with the exception of a few copies of No. 5, there are now no more on hand for distribution. The total analyses made during the two years by the Survey is 1161, for which $1822.10 was received. The field party of the United States Geological Survey, co-operating with The University Survey was, at the time of this report, engaged in mapping the area in the Chisos Mountains, the Carman and San Francisco Mountains and the Christmas Mountain coal-field. Arrangements are now being made with the United States Geological Survey to co-operate with The University Survey in examining a large area in El Paso County, with respect to the possibility of securing underground water within pumping distance of the surface. This matter is of very great importance, as The University now owns about 400,000 acres of land in this vicinity in one body, which can not be leased because there is no water on it. Speaking of the clay deposits of Texas, Dr. Phillips says: "It is to be doubted if any State has within its borders so great a variety of clays for all purposes and of the best grade of cement rock as has Texas; and, considering further the construction of the inter-oceanic canal, either at Panama or through Nicaragua, it would seem that Texas might be looked to as the source of supply of the million of pounds of cement which would be used in the construction in one or the other of these great canals."

The Department of Law. The Dean of the Law Department makes quite an extensive report, and goes into detail on the wants and needs of the School. There have been 119 students in the Junior class, and 66 in the Senior class this session,-total in the Department, 185. This is an increase over last year in the Junior class, due probably to the promulgation of the purpose of The University authorities to institute a three-years' course in the Law Department beginning with next session, and the desire to come within the two-years' course. He continues: "The necessity for an adequate Law building is still palpable. The increase in the Junior class has greatly crowded the Junior room." With the idea that the details of the new three-years' course in Law will be of general interest to RECORD readers, it follows:

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Judge Lewis gives it as his opinion that the perfect arrangement and adjustment of courses in the two departments and the exchange of credits between them, so as to permit a student to take an academic and a law degree in six years, is a matter of some time. Occasions for discipline have been few.

The Department of Medicine: The Dean's report is very extensive and shows care in its preparation. The enrollment of students in the School during the session was as follows: School of Medicine 180, distributed as follows: Fourth Year class, 34; Third Year, 22; Second Year, 46; First Year, 77; Special, 1. The School of Pharmacy, 55, distributed as follows: Senior class, 21; Junior class, 34. School of Nursing, 20, distributed as follows: Seniors, 3; Juniors, 9; Sub-Juniors, 8. The total enrollment indicates 255 students in all classes of the department. The presence of the Sub-Junior class in the School of Nursing arises out of the unusual occurrence which took place at Galveston last year. Owing to a temporary suspension of one of the members of the Senior class from duty for dere


liction, the entire class, save two (who were home on sick leave), with a single exception among the group, arose in open rebellion, refusing to perform their duties until the suspended nurse should be reinstated. After adjustment of the difficulty by the Board of Hospital Managers, the class (save three, the two on sick leave, and the one who refused to enter the "strike"), either through expulsion or by voluntary withdrawal, left the institution. To meet the needs of the Hospital, a Sub-Junior class was instituted, whose members should do the work of the departed Juniors. Fifty-one students were admitted on authorized credentials, and twenty on examinations. In Pharmacy, thirteen came in on credentials, and twenty-one on examinations. With reference to the rank taken by graduates of the Medical Department, Dr. Smith says: "It is a matter of satisfaction to the Faculty to be able to call attention to the high type of work being done by our graduates in the examinations held by the State Board of Medical Examiners, in that thus far they have been, without exception, successful in this test; and, from unofficial statements of various members of the Board, as well as from the published testimony of the Secretary of the Board before a recent legislative committee, it is believed that they have attained very high grades, probably the highest average grade for any students of any college applying." He deplores deeply the difficulty in securing material for dissection. Next he suggests that a botanical laboratory and garden be established. In the School of Pharmacy, the study of Botany is an important basic part of the curriculum, beginning with the general principles of the science and leading into the study of the medicinal plants as a final development. Again, a laboratory of Pharmaco-Dynamics would afford an opportunity to study the action of drugs upon living animals. A laboratory of Physics is needed at Galveston, for this branch of science enters most closely into the normal and pathological workings of the body, and its principles are constantly being referred to in the work of the various schools. Additional hospital facilities would make it possible to bring the work of the different classes into a more systematic shape. Under existing circumstances, cases have to be isolated in their discussion before classes, and taken up as they can be procured from the hospital. In a larger hospital, this paucity of material, of course, would not exist.


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Along with many of our Academic professors Dr. Smith feels it his duty to confess that The University of Texas is doing little in the line of productive and research work. The library has increased from 2815 volumes in 1901, to 4808 at present, while several hundred more volumes are contracted for. As to the establishment of a school of dentistry, the following paragraph appears: "There have been but few inquiries for instruction in Dentistry this year; but, from the beginning of the department, there have been each year a number of such letters. The knowledge that no dental course exists in the School is probably becoming general among the class of persons likely to apply, from which arise the fewer inquiries recently received. There is, of course, no possibility of establishing a school of dentistry until a new building, to accommodate some of

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