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Marc. 15| 24/Kinne & Smith,.... Chemicals,

26 Mary Grast, Labor,
27 L. Jacobs,...
28 E. J. Mills,

29 Kinne & Smith,.... Stationery,
30 M. W. Littlefield,... Hardware,.....
31 J. M. Gregory,

Exp. and service,
April 30 32 Edwin Willets,..

33 W.J. Baxter,

34 J. M. Gregory,
May 16 35 A. S. Welch,.. On acc. of salary,

36 J. M. B. Sill,
|37J. F. Carey,..
| 38 D. P. Mayhew,
39 A. Miller,..
40 E. L. Ripley,
41 E. M. Foote,
42 J. Goodison,
43 Mrs A. D. Aldrich,
44 Miss S. G. Tyler,...
45 Miss Ellen Hulburt,
46 Henry Jacob,..... On acc. Janitor,
47 Hartford & Ætna Co's Insurance, ..
48|J. W. Hall,........ Sawing wood,...
49 P. A. Cramer,.... Draying, ...
50 J. M. B. Sill, Sundry bills,

51 Yps. Gas Light Co., For Gas,..
July 24 51 Rob’t Morton,...... Balance services,

May 16 52 A. Showerman & Co.Gas fit, and fixt's
June 7 53 E. J. Mills,...... Stoves and hard,
May 16 54 Charles Woolger....Wood,

55 J. E. Shoenacker,... Tuning Piano,... July 10 56 A. S. Welch,....... Salary to June 20

57|J. F. Carey,..
58 J. M. B. Sill,
59 D. P. Mayhew,
60 E. L. Ripley,
61 E. M. Foote,
62 A. Miller,
63 Mrs. A. D. Aldrich,
64 Miss S. G. Tyler,

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1860. Oct. 1. By bal. from old acc't,.... $383 76 1861. Feb. 4. By warrant on Aud. Gen., 2,300 00 May 20.

1,000 00 July 18.

2,400 00 Oct. 1.

2,400 00

1,400 00 By Tuition rec'p'ts from Oct. 1, '60 to Sept. 30, 1861,

1,246 00

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By balance on hand,


SIXTH ANNUAL REPORT OF DISCO ACADEMY. This institution is located on the “Shelby Plains," 27 miles from the city of Detroit, in the county of Macomb.

The names of the Trustees are: John Keeler, Chauncey Chu Alonzo M. Keeler, Edward Petit, Ira S. Pearsall, Calvin Peirce, Jeremiah Curtis, Philander Ewell, and Robert R. Harper.


Alonzo M. Keeler, Principal; Chauncey Church, President, and Chairman of Board of Trustees; Robert R. Harper, Clerk; John Keeler, Treasurer.

The winter term was taught by Mr. James S. Lawson, pro tem., and Miss Pulina Cannon, as Assistant, do.; and the summer term by Miss A. E. Morrison.

The number of students is as follows: Females,...

.36 Males,


Total, .



Real estate, valued at

$1,500 00 Stock subscribed,..

5,000 00 Amount actually paid in,..

1,000 00 Books used generally the same as in the State Normal School.


There has been very little change in the affairs of this institation since our last reports

There has been a class open a part of the year for the special benefit of those who intend to become teachers of “Primary Schools."

There has been no regular fall term of school this year, but the winter term commenced under the supervision of Isaac Monfore and Mary A. Monfore on Monday the 2d inst. Disco, Nov. 30, 1861.

(Signed] CHAUNCEY CHURCH, Chn. Bd. Trust's. I. MONFORE, Clerk pro tem.


COLDWATER, September 17, 1861. Hon. Joax M. GREGORY, Saperintendent of Public Instruction :

DEAR SIR-Having the honor to be appointed Visitor to Hillsdale College, for the current year, I attended the annual Examinations, (in part,) and the Commencement exercises of that Institution, in the month of June. To my surprise I found myself the only one of the Board present; but was consoled by the assurance, equally surprising, that this annual visitation was a mere form, and might as well be dispensed with as noti

Unfortunately, I had opportunity to attend the examination of but two classes, viz: the Junior's, in Demosthenes DeCorona, and a mixed class in Adler's German Reader.

Some scholars acquitted themselves well, evincing both diligence on their part, and fidelity on that of their instructors. It would be very desirable to require more attention to be given to orthoepy. It is impossible to learn a foreign language well so long as the letters of its alphabet, in their various powers, are not familiar to the tongue. German, especially, a language spoken by several millions of our fellow citizens, should be taught so thoroughly that one can make himself understood in whatever he has learned to speak or say. Even if he can frame but half a dozen sentences, he should be able to enunciate them in an intelligible manner.

By invitation, I was present at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees, which was conducted in an efficient and business-like way. A cheerful and determined spirit of progress seemed to animate them, even amid the discouragements of the present “hard times.” Hillsdale College, as I was informed, is only four years old; yet it bas, I believe, an endowment fund of $100,000, and enjoys possession of a beautiful building, 260 feet long, finished, furnished, and paid for. The main pecuniary difficulty, so far as I can learn, lies in the collection of the interest accruing from the endowment fund, and that would not exist, I presume, in easier times.

Hillsdale College receives students of both sexes. The plan, perhaps, works as well here as anywhere. The Faculty claim that it stimulates all to higher exertions. It certainly does in one direction—that of display! For example: the Amphyction Hall bas been beautifully frescoed at an expense of $1,500; the door cost $60; the room is handsomely furnished in every way; the library case is ample and richly finished. All this is for show. When I counted the volumes in their library, I found, aside from public documents, but 190 books! Probably their elegant door cost more than the 'whole library! Query: Precisely what influences are at work to induce young men to be 80 lavish in decorations, and so penurious in providing the apparatus necessary for literary and scientific culture?

The exhibitions of the different literary societies were creditable. The orations, dialogues, &c., were thoroughly memorized—I never knew that work better done. Many of them evinced serious reflection and earnest thought. As was natural, almost every one had a few paragraphs about slavery and war. Much rivalry exists between the literary societies, and manifests itself to a great degree in the line of evergreens and flowers, attributable, I think, to the cause already mentioned.

But it is not an agreeable task to point out the defects in 80 noble and hopeful an enterprise. In this Institution they may the more readily be pardoned, in view of its youth and rapid growth. Justice, also, to the industrious and intelligent gen

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