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The interests of the Theological Department of the College are in the care of Professor McElroy, who, having had many years of solid work in that line, is well adapted to the work, and is doing excellent service.
The Commercial department, as far as we were able to observe its methods and work, is of real value. Penmanship, book-keeping, stenography, etc., are taught with more than ordinary thoroughness.
The library contains 10,000 volumes, and is largely patronized by the students, as is also the reading-room in connection with it.
The museum of Adrian college is deserving of particular mention. We were greatly surprised with its extent and value. The room in which the thousands of specimens are arranged is well adapted to its purpose. We would modestly suggest that the animals, birds, shells and minerals, together with the room itself, would show to still greater advantage if they were a little more carefully looked after.
The location and surroundings of the college are all that could be desired for beauty, health and quiet study. It has four large buildings, and twenty acres of ground. The chapel was badly damaged in a late storm by being partly unroofed. It will cost $2,000 to repair the injury. What this school needs, in common with nearly every other institution of learning, is more students and more money. Of the former, it has between two and three hundred, one-third of whom are females. Of the latter it has a productive endowment of $125,000. We do not hesitate to commend Adrian college to the patronage of the peuple.
ELISHA E. CASTER,
REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT.
Hon. JOSEPH ESTABROOK, Superintendent of Public Instruction :
SIR-I have the honor to present my report of the condition and work of Albion College for the year ending June 23, 1887.
The institution, as at present conducted, consists of six departments, the purpose of the work in these several departments, and the time required to perform said work, appearing in the following epitome:
Providing four courses of study requiring the same time-four years—for completion. Conferring four first degrees, B. A., B. Ph., B. S., and B. L.
CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC.
Providing a four years' Musical Course. A diploma granted on graduation.
Providing a six years' Musical and Literary Course. Degree of B. Mus. conferred.
SCHOOL OF PAINTING.
Providing a four years' Painting Course—student receiving a diploma on graduation.
Providing a six years' Painting and Literary Course. Degree of B. P. conferred.
This school prepares for each of the four college courses and covers a period of four years of instruction.
This department is arranged for students who do not desire to prepare for college, or take any of the languages.
This department is arranged on a plan to furnish considerable literary work with commercial studies, so as to send out intelligent business men.
I herewith append a brief analysis of the instruction given in the college and preparatory school. This will give information in most cases—as to the text books used, the time devoted to each branch, the principles underlying the methods employed, together with the subjects required and those which are elective.
1. The principal aim of this course is the acquisition of a knowledge of the essentials of French grammar, and of an ability to translate at sight ordinary French prose. Books to be used :, Bôcher's Reader; ErckmannChatrian, Le Conscrit de 1813; George Sand, Francois le Champi, or their equivalents—three terms. The grammar part is taught by talks.
II. The object of this course is to learn to read French without translating it into English. The work in class is carried on in French as much as possible. Books to be used : Augier et Sandeau, Le Gendre de M. Poirier; Alexander Dumas, Le Capitaine Pamphile; George Sand, La Petite Fadette -Spring term.
III. In this course students read Molière's Le Misanthrope and Le Tartuffe in class, and they are required also to bring into class written resumés of other plays of Molière. Fall term.
IV. Racine's Athalie and Berenice are read and commented upon in class, and a few plays read as home-reading. Winter term.
V. Some of Corneille’s plays are read and explained in French. Some of La Fontaine's fables are committed to memory. During this term attention is given to the historical part of French grammar.
VI. In this course, which extends over two terms, the French literature of the 17th century is discussed. Some of the works of the French writers of this period are read at home.
VII. The spring term is devoted to studying historical French grammar, based on Brachet's Grammaire Historique de la langue Francaise.
I. The elementary course aims at reading ordinary German prose at sight, and at getting a knowledge of the essential parts of German grammar. Books to be used : Zschokke’s Nenjahrsnacht; Eichendorff's Taugenichts; Fougué's Undine; some of P. Heyse's shorter stories.
II. Historical works are read, such as are found in the Neue Plutarch; Freytag's Bilder aus neuer Zeit. Winter term.
III. Selections from the works of Gøthe, Schiller, Lessing, etc., are read and discussed without translating the lessons. Spring term.
IV. Selections from Luther's writings. Talks given on the history of German grammar, based on Brandt's historical German grammar. Winter and Spring Terms.
V. Middle high German taken up in this course. The grammar taught by talks. The class translates into modern German Hartmann von der Aue's Der arme Heinrich, das Nibelungenlied, etc.
I. Toscani's Grammar. Composition. I Promessi Sposi.
I. Jose's Grammar. Composition. El Eco de Madrid, Gil Blas.
The Roman method of pronouncing Latin is used.
Required.—I. The work of the first year (3d Preparatory) comprises the translation of the first Book of Cæsar's Gallic War; the memorizing of selected passages and idioms; the reading at sight in class of passages afterwards carefully prepared; the translation of Latin sentences into English, and of English into Latin; and an outline study of Latin Etymology and Syntax.
The text books in the year are Comstock's First Latin Book, Kelsey's Cæsar, and Harkness' Standard Latin Grammar.
II. In the second year (4th Preparatory) Cæsar is read the first term and part of the second, (three Books); Sallust's Cataline follows Cæsar in the second term, and is continued two hours a week in the third term, with Latin Prose Composition three hours a week.
Text books Kelsey's Cæsar, Harkness' Sallust, Jones' Latin Prose Composition.
III. Cicero, (three Orations)—first term-four hours. Harkness.
Osid (extracts from the Metamorphoses)-third term-three hours. Lincoln.
IV. Virgil (Æneid, Books I and II)—first term-three hours. Greenough.
Virgil (Æneid, Books III, IV and V)-second term-five hours. Greenough.
Virgil (Æneid, Book VI, Eclogues)—third term—three hours. Greenough.
Elective.-1. Cicero (Essays, De Senectute and De Amicitia) first term-two hours.
2. Horace (Odes)—first term-two hours. 3. Composition-first term-one hour.
4. Latin Literature—with selections from representative authors from the rise to the end of the classical period—second term—two hours.
5. Horace (Ars Poetica and selections from the Satires and Epistles) second term—two hours.
6. Composition-second term-one hour. [6 can only be taken by students who have already had 3.]
7. Livy (Extracts from Books I to V, or Book XXI)-third term—three hours.
8 Terence (Andria or Adelphi)—third term-two hours.
11. Plautus (Captivi and one other Comedy at sight)-second term-three hours.
12. Cicero (Epistles); Pliny (Epistles); second term—two hours.
1. Historical Selections-Xenophon and Herodotus. 4. Demosthenes. 7. Homer's Iliad. 10. Greek Drama. 13. Greek Testament. 16. Greek Composition. 19. Hebrew. 22. Philology.
2. Historical Selections-continued. 5. Plato's Apology and Crito. 8. Homer's Odyssey. 11. Greek Drama. 14. Greek Testament. 17. Mythology. 20. Hebrew. 23. Philology.
III. 3. Lysias and Isocrates. 6. Thucydides-Speeches in. 9. Pindar. 12. Plato, Phædo, or the Tenth Book of the Laws. 15. Greek Testament. 18. Greek Literature. 21. Hebrew. 24. Philology.
The above courses in Greek, and in Hebrew, are arranged according to the succession of terms in which they regularly come-"I,” Fall Term; "II," Winter Term; and "III,” Spring Term. The numerals, 1, 2, 3, indicate the courses of the Freshman year; 4, 5, 6, those of the Sophomore year; 7, 8, 9,