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The registration of the Summer Schools for the session of 1908 was as

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The attendance for the session of 1907 was 625 students. the session of 1908 there was an increase of 116 students, a gain of somewhat more than 18 per cent. The increase of attendance was gratifying, as it was not, during the winter of 1907-08, anticipated. On account of the financial depression throughout the country the Executive Committee of the Summer Schools thought it probable that the Summer School attendance would not show any gain,-that, in fact, it would, possibly, be less than for the immediately preceding summer. That the committee

was agreeably disappointed is due, primarily, to the educational campaign which was carried on throughout the State during the whole academic session of 1907-08, and, secondly, to the fact that the panicky condition in the financial world was not so grievous in Texas as in some other States of the Union.

The following table shows the enrollment, by subjects, in the University Summer Schools:

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The following table shows the registration in the several courses of the University Summer Normal:

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In some courses there were registered Summer Normal as well as Summer School students. Summer Normal students of this kind were to be found in the following courses:

In Chemistry A, taught by Professor Schoch and Tutor Hicks, there


In Education 3f, taught by Dr. Rall, there were..
In Education 5w, taught by Dr. Rall, there were..

In History A, taught by Instructor Ramsdell, there were.
In Mathematics lf, taught by Tutor Calhoun, there were..
In Mathematics lw, taught by Professor Rice, there were..







The following table shows the number of students, including those in the Summer Normal as well as those in the Summer School, that received instruction in the several subjects in which University courses were offered:

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The students taking courses in the Summer School proper were, with an insignificant number of exceptions, attentive to their work. The members of the faculty report that the student body is far more serious-minded during the summer term than during the regular terms. In the Summer Normal a large number of students entered for the purpose of having their certificates extended. This class of Summer Normal students was given especial attention by the instructors, and the methods adopted in order to see to it that every student entering the Normal should be a working student, were effective. The fact is, that it is becoming generally known throughout the State that the University Summer Normal is a place for study, and not for gossip and amusement.

A number of classes consisted, each, of entirely too many students, which inevitably tended to lessen the efficiency of the instruction.

By direction of Honorable James Wilson, the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Professor D. J. Crosby, educational expert in that department, spent one week in July in Austin, delivering ten lectures to students at tending the University Summer Schools. His work was very efficiently done, and created no little interest in behalf of the subject he presented so ably.

For the first time in the history of our Summer Normal, provision was made for instruction in public school music and public school art. The former subject was taught for three weeks by Miss Birdie Alexander, Supervisor of Music in the Dallas public schools, and the latter by Miss Frances C. Kirk, Supervisor of Drawing in the Galveston public schools. The classes in these two subjects were large, and the interest gratifying. So successful was the work in each of these subjects that it is believed proper to incorporate them regularly in the work of the Summer Normal


Five Round Tables were conducted during the summer session. These Round Tables were led by Superintendent Horn, Dr. Rall, Professor Henderson, Superintendent Carl Hartman, and State Superintendent Cousins, the respective themes considered being, (1) The Improvement of Teachers Already in the Service; (2) Physical Education; (3) How Can the Small Public High School Meet the Entrance Requirements of the University of Texas? (4) Agriculture in the Public Schools; (5) The Next Step in the Educational Progress of Texas.

Four evening lectures were delivered, as follows: by Dr. W. T. Mather, "The Making of a Sheet of Paper"; by Hon. R. B. Cousins, "A Brief Study of Our School System"; by Dr. L. M. Keasbey, "Co-Operation, Coercion, and Competition"; by Judge A. E. Wilkinson, "The English Sonnet." W. S. S.


Room 44 is now used as a part of the Library. It has been fitted up with tables and chairs for about seventy-five students, and an entrance has


been cut through the west wall of the room, opening into a small corridor connecting with the main reading room. This is an inconvenient but necessary enlarge

ment of the seating capacity of the Library.

Mr. H. P. Hilliard, formerly of Austin, now of St. Louis, has made for this year his annual gift of $100 for the purchase of books by Southern writers.


Hon. George W. Brackenridge of San Antonio, member of the Board of Regents since 1886, and well known for his many gifts to the University, has given his first pension check, amounting to $41.07, for the purchase of such books as seem most needed. The Ashbel Literary Society has again given money, $25, for the purchase of books, preferably on contemporary English drama.

The Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D. C., has, on request, sent about three hundred volumes of the Congressional set of U. S. Documents to make our set more complete. As most of these were early volumes, dating before 1865, and consequently difficult to secure, his aid is all the more appreciated.

The Library of Congress has given a set of its early Catalogue, printed

in seventeen volumes from 1861-1880. These volumes are being gradually superseded by the printed card catalogue of the Library of Congress, but are still useful.

Classes in History 2, 3, 4, and 14 have given the following books used in these classes as supplementary required reading: ten copies of Tout, The Empire and the Papacy; nine copies of Ogg, Source Book of Mediaeval History; eight copies of Robinson, Readings in European History; five copies of Gardiner, School Atlas of English History; and three copies of Stubbs, Constitutional History of England.

Mr. R. F. Burges, of El Paso, has presented a copy of W. W. Mills, Forty Years at El Paso.

The University Club, of Austin, has continued its gift of the current numbers of the Chicago Record-Herald and the New York Times. Besides these two, the Library binds the current numbers of the following daily papers: The Galveston News, presented by Mrs. J. E. Thornton, of Austin; the Fort Worth Record, the Houston Chronicle, and the Austin StatesThe last three papers are given by the publishers.


Of the unbound material in the Library of the Texas Academy of Science, presented last year to the University, the following volumes have been bound, catalogued, and put on the shelves: The Journal of the Franklin Institute, vols. 120-164, 1885-1907; the Journal and Proceedings of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, 1817-1908, forty-nine volumes; the Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History, vols. 26-33, 1893-1907; the Johns Hopkins Hospital Bulletin, vols. 9-18, 1898-1907; the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Boston), vols. 27-42, 1893-1907; the Proceedings of the Royal Society (London), vols. 56-79, 1891-1907; the Atti of the Turin R. Accademia delle Scienze, vols. 28-42, 1892-1907.

Under this heading it is impracticable to name more than a few of the more expensive works, and those of some special local or other interest; for example, during the term considerable additions have been made to the collection of books on English and German literature, but only a few titles can be


given here.

Edinburgh Review, 1872-1884, vols. 135-159, to complete our set.
Westminster Review, 1824-1891, vols. 1-136, to complete our set.
Stevenson, R. L., Works. N. Y. 1906-1908. 27 volumes.

Genest, John. Some Account of the English Stage. Bath (England), 1832; 10 vols.

Behn, Mrs. Plays, Histories, and Novels. London, 1871. 6 vols.

Anglistische Forschungen. Heidelberg, 1901-1906; 22 vols. in 6.

Wiener Beiträge zur Englischen Philologie. Leipzig, 1895-1907; 8 vols.
Halle Studien zur Englischen Philologie. 1897-1906; 5 vols.

Saccardo. Sylloge Fungorum. Padua, 1882-1906; 19 vols.
Botanischer Jahresbericht (Just). Berlin, 1874-1908; 55 vols.

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