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Michigan State Agricultural College

BY PRESIDENT ABBOT

We by no means undertake to say this, and we hope the citizens of the State will so avail themselves of its privileges as to put its success beyond per adventure. Since the State has determined to pay for them, they ought not to be neglected. It would be folly not to seek as large a return as possible from the investment, and we have no hesitation in urging a cordial support of the college, and to invite a renewed interest in it, and in its capabilities for educating and developing a strong, earnest, intelligent farming community. " The Free Press and most of the other papers of the State became at once the supporters of the college, and the institution has no reason to find fault with the attitude of the press of the State towards it, but has on the other hand reason to be grateful for frequent favors. It was quite time the question of location was settled. Biennially the college would open in February, and for weeks after it was a question whether the college would live or die. Students would become impatient of the disheartening suspense, and sometimes pack their trunks and go away. The discussion of location has taken this historical sketch years on beyond where a chronological order would have taken us. But it finishes one of the mooted questions of the college for its first ten years. It is proper to say, also, that courtesies and good will have constantly been extended to the college by the University of Michigan. The present eminent president, in particular, Dr. James B. Angell, has more than once addressed its officers and students, and has always manifested a sincere gratification in its prosperity,

Michigan State


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