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(madison icon)1902

All this criticism was inevitable. The church would not willingly surrender so important as a prerogative as the higher education of the youth. The demand for quick returns on any outlay of effort or money, this clamor for the practical, was also to be expected. And, indeed, the outcome did not seem very great. Even at the reorganization in 1867, the University, in actual operation for seventeen years, had produced only sixty-one graduates. Honest critics might well ask, "Cannot something be done to increase the output?" They would have been more patient, however, had they foreseen that among the sixty-one were Senators Vilas and Spooner, Alexander Botkin, James L. High, Bishop Samuel Fallows, Professor Parkinson, Judge Farlin Q. Ball, Philip Stein, and Bird, and Clawson, and Gillett, and Griswold. If the object of the University is to make men, then those early years will always be reckoned among the richest years of the University.