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Petermann. Mittheilungen, 1855-1906, and the Ergänzungsbände, 1860

1906. Gotha; 84 vols.


5 vols.

Journals of the House of Burgesses. Richmond, 1905-1908;

Heads of Families at the First Census, 1790. Washington, 1907-1908; 6 vols.

London Journal of Education, 1879-1894, to make our set more complete.

The Library will pay transportation charges on gifts. If you have a collection of books and pamphlets, the care of which becomes a burden to you, or the value of which makes it desirable for serious students to use them, why not place them in an institution where they will always be available for use by the future citizens of the State? Write to the Library. P. L. W.

Books Wanted


The enrollment in the Department of Education for the fall term of 1908-1909 shows a slight increase over that for the same term of the preceding year. This is offset, however, by the fact that the number of Arts students (freshmen and sophomores) taking Education courses is somewhat less than last year. Considering the decrease in the College of Arts enrollment and the more rigid restrictions with regard to admission to Education courses, the enrollment is really gratifyingly large. For the fall term the enrollment in the Department of Education was 154, as compared with 148 for the corresponding term of 1907-08. In addition, 93 students of the College of Arts pursued courses in Education, as compared with 100 last year, making the total number pursuing courses in Education during the Fall Term 247, as compared with 248 last year. The addition of some 33 students at the beginning of the Winter Term brings this total up to 280.

There are two tendencies noticeable in the registration this session. The first is that there is a decrease of under classmen and a corresponding increase of upper classmen registering for work in the department. The second is the tendency already observable during the past year of increased enrollments in the advanced courses. The number of enrollments in such courses last year was 95, while this year, up to January 1, it is 122.

The addition of Dr. F. E. Farrington to the Department as Associate Professor makes possible the establishment of observation and practice work. This is to be conducted in connection with the public schools of Austin. A two-thirds course, Education 27, is offered in this work in the Winter and Spring Terms of the present session for the first time. The course includes observation and actual teaching in the high school and ward schools of the city under the direction of the professor in charge of the course. The observation and teaching will be carried on

by each member of the class consecutively five days in the week for one class period a day, the time being credited on the same basis as time spent in laboratory work in other courses.

An event of interest to the Department of Education as well as to the whole University was the adoption, at the November elections, of the constitutional amendment relating to taxation in common school districts. The schools primarily concerned are the rural schools of the common school districts-the amendment permitting such districts to levy a maximum local tax of 50 cents instead of 20 cents as heretofore, and that by a bare majority instead of a two-thirds majority as heretofore. The University and the other schools of the State will, however, feel the uplift thus given to the basic institution in the school system of Texas, for it is more than a pretty rhetorical figure to view the University as the head of the public school system or as the upper rung of an educational ladder which extends downward to the humblest rural school of the State.

The University contributed its share in carrying on the well-organized campaign of education to which was due more than to anything else the remarkably large majority in favor of the amendment. Members of the faculty of the Department as well as of the College addressed many political gatherings over the State and especially in Travis county.

The Conference for Education in Texas, which the University was so largely instrumental in organizing, managed the campaign throughout the State, and deserves great credit for the success of the amendment. Mr. C. E. Evans, M. A., 1906, the General Agent for the Conference, did the bulk of this work, and did it most efficiently. Mr. Evans' predecessor, Mr. F. M. Bralley, also had a very large share in the preparing for and initiating this great campaign of education and for education in Texas. Mention must also be made of the vigorous and effective campaign carried on by County Superintendent Carl Hartman, M. A., 1904, in Travis county. The carrying of this amendment by such an overwhelming majority, in the same election at which two others were defeated, is good evidence that a just cause, if properly presented to the people, will receive their support. The University may rightly take courage and hope for similar support at the hands of the people. E. E. R.


The Engineering Department during the Fall Term had a total enrollment of 276. For the first time in the history of the University the Sophomore Engineering Class is larger than the Freshman. This result is attributed to two causes, the panic and the increased entrance requirements. The most potent of these causes was the panic, which stopped all railroad construction and practically all public improvements. An active summer in railroad construction is invariably followed by an increased attendance in our Engineering schools all over the country.

All the upper classes in Engineering have the largest attendance in the history of the University, and one of our largest graduating classes will receive diplomas in June, 1909.

The most significant event in the Engineer's life is his annual reception. He looks towards this in the fall from the beginning of the session till the event comes off, and after it is over, the loyal Engineer begins to plan for the next year's affair, with a determination to make each superior to all its predecessors. The reception this session was held on November 25th, and its place in the life of an Engineer can be judged by the fact that 26 per cent of the alumni attended. For the first time in our history tickets went like hot cakes, and no solicitation was necessary; moreover, upward of forty tickets were sold to persons other than Engineering students. The executive committee had to stop the sale of tickets and to limit the number of guests.

This fall all Junior Civils were forced to take cement laboratory, and many of the Electricals availed themselves of the opportunity and took it in their Junior year, instead of waiting, as formerly, till their Senior year. In addition to their routine and scheduled work in cement, several of the Senior Civils are writing theses on cement investigations. The larger reinforced concrete bridge over the Colorado has given an impetus to cement and reinforced concrete investigations. It is an unusual opportunity to observe work on a large scale in actual progress.

There has been added to the equipment of field instruments, a large geodetic theodolite at a cost of over $600. This is one of the finest instruments made, and was constructed by Bausch & Lomb especially for the University of Texas. It reads horizontal angles to ten seconds, and can be made to read such angles to single seconds. It will be used in geodetic and triangulation work in the course of geodetic surveying. To the hydraulic laboratory has been added a small brass turbine, which was designed by the Trump Turbine Company for the hydraulic laboratory of the University of Texas. It is a wonderful piece of mechanism, and is an important addition to our equipment.

Of the fifteen students sent home for deficient work in the Fall Term, eight were Freshmen, five were Sophomores, and two were third-year men. It is probable that the causes were poor preparation on the part of the Freshmen; and loafing, neglect, and excess of faith on the part of the upper classmen.

The School of Electrical Engineering has had a larger attendance in the strictly engineering work during the past fall than ever before. Instruction is now being given by the four members of the teaching staff of the school to one hundred and thirty-six students on the full-course basis. The increase in amount of work connected with the laboratory instruction and reports necessitated the employment of another tutor, Mr. Hal C. Weaver, a graduate of the University of Michigan.

In addition to the regular work above referred to, special tests in integrating wattmeters and a 5 K. W. transformer have been made by instructors and students. A test of a 500 K. W. Allis-Chalmers Turbo

Generator was made for the Austin Water and Light Commission, requiring two days' work at the power plant, in which all of the students taking electrical and steam engineering assisted.

Tests are in progress by Seniors doing thesis work of the fuels of Texas, including calorific analysis of both coals and oils; and of the comparative illuminating power, economy of operation, and durability of carbon filament, metallized filament, tantalum, tungsten, and Nernst lamps. The candle-power of each lamp and the watts used are observed at the end of each one hundred hours' lighting period, and such observations will be made for each one hundred hours until all lamps are burned out. Five lamps of each kind are being tested in order to obtain average values, and final results ought to be valuable. T. U. T.

The Work of the
Fall Term


At the opening of the Fall Term of the session of 1908-09, the Law Department of the University of Texas opened its doors for registration in its handsome and commodious new 'building. From two small class rooms, three small offices, and a wholly inadequate library and reading room in the east wing of the Main Building, where the Law School had been located for the past fifteen years, this department emerged with joy and occupied a most modern and fully equipped building, where it is no longer cramped from lack of space, nor handicapped by the lack of sufficient library, reading room, and assembly hall. During the opening days of the session the returning students gave many expressions of deep satisfaction with their new home, while the new students seemed proud of the fact that they should have the advantages it affords from the first of their college The splendidly appointed offices for the faculty and other officers of the department were the more appreciated by their occupants because of the inadequate offices in the old quarters. The different classes could now have separate rooms; the law societies, which have grown to six in number, could now meet in a specially provided room; the two literary societies for men, composed principally of law students, could now meet in their elegant private halls; and lastly, the smokers could repair to a well furnished and sanitary room and smoke to their hearts' content. The department assumed at once the outward appearance of the distinction merited from its beginning.


It was well, indeed, that this spacious building came in time to receive the incoming class of this session. The highest number of the first-year class reached in any previous year was 131. Already 204 have registered this term. Even the large class rooms could not accommodate this unprecedented number of new men, so it was decided to use the assembly hall for its class room. Two causes seem to have combined to cause this extraordinary increase in numbers in the Law Department. First, the increased efficiency and prestige of the department, occasioned by the

new building, doubtless helped to convince many that one need not leave Texas to find a well equipped law school. Second, the announcement by the authorities that after this year one must have at least five academic courses to his credit in order to gain admission to the Law Department, caused many to enter earlier than they would otherwise have done. The Middle Class has an enrollment of 95, the largest Middle Class in the history of the school. The Senior Class numbers only 61, making a total of 356 students regularly enrolled in the Law Department, and many others are expected to enter after the Christmas holidays.

The quizmasters of the department are: John P. Dinsmore, Earle R. Howell, and Charles Clements,-all members of the Law class of 1908. Albert Moodie is Registrar of the Law Department and Secretary to the Dean. Towne Young, O. O. Touchstone, and W. M, Cleaves are Law Librarians.

But few changes have been made in the Law curriculum. It is very noticeable, however, that the school is drifting toward a purely "case system" course of study. Judge Hildebrand has introduced the case book of Mechem's Cases on Agency, replacing the text-book, Mechem on Agency. The courses on Damages and Bankruptcy have been dropped from the course of study, and a course on legal bibliography by Judge Townes introduced. Judge Tarlton is supplementing his course on Wills by the use of Judge Simkins's new book on Texas Administrations. Senior Equity has been changed from the Spring Term to the Fall Term; and Private Corporations has been made to cover both the Winter and Spring Terms, meeting five instead of six times a week. Moot court practice for the Senior Class now covers the entire Senior year, instead of two terms as heretofore.

In order to relieve the crowded condition of the Main Building, two sections of English 1 for Law students, and all the courses in Public Speaking for both Law and other students, are now given at the Law Building. Political Science 68 is a newly formed course for Law students only. It is a condensed combination of the elements of Politics, Economics, and Transportation, one term each, given by Professors Keasbey, Johnson, and Potts respectively. This course is also given at the Law Building.

On the afternoon of Thursday, October 29th, the Law Department kept open house to the students and faculties of the other departments, and to any others who might wish to visit the new building. Special committees, appointed by Bob Holliday, president of the department, escorted the guests through the building, each visitor being presented with a dainty souvenir card.

Instead of the regular annual smoker for men only, this year the department gave an elaborate reception for both sexes on Tuesday, December 24th. The usual speech-making was indulged in, after which refreshments were served in the library reading room. In the society halls dancing was engaged in till a late hour.

The Law Building was dedicated November 26th. The addresses of Professor Williston, of Harvard University, and Judge Yancy Lewis, of

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