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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 1, Number 4 (Jan. 1900)

The University during the war,   pp. 153-160

Page 153

University During the War.
of the general culture studies, so that looking at the problem
from all- sides it would seem that the proposition, advanced in
this article, of the great need of providing instruction in free-
hand drawing at the University, finds suppor in all directions.
  It is not unknown to the writer that some twenty odd years
ago such instruction was offered, and because o f various rea-
sons the experiment was given up as a failhre. However, to
argue from the failure as to the success or necessity of this
move seems entirely out of place because of the changed con-
ditions at the present time. It is only surprising that the au-
thorities having the government of the U iversity in hand
should have failed to see the success of other institutions in
this direction, and because of a first failure have given up the
whole matter for more than twenty years. The writer knows
that a great manyof the alumni of the University have strongly
felt the need of the innovation proposed in this article, and it
is not too much to expect that the President and the Board of
Regents of the University will take the matter under serious
consideration as soon fts it is presented to them, they having
always shown that they have the highest welfare of the insti-
tution at heart.
                                              STORM BULL.
                 ~~~I.,              adrs
  [The following is a reprint in part of an address delivered before the
Alumni Association June 19, 1877, by the late James L. High, '64, of Chi-
cago. No Apology is needed for reproducing this v~aluable and inspiring
contribution to the history of the University of Wisco nsin, especially since,
so far as the editors are informed, it has been preserved thus far only in
files of contemporary newspapers.]
   The period of the opening of the great rebellion in 1861
would, in the absence of that event, have been regarded as the
turning point in the history of the University. It had passed
successfully through the critical stage of it' infancy, notwith-
standing the jealous hostility of rival and sectarian colleges
and the ruinous policy which had characterized the manage-
ment by the state of the sacred trust committed to its charge.
1900. ]

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