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most of the boys who have entered the Institution during the past year have gone into the upper school. The multiplication table, and also the different tables in reduction, have been daily recited by the whole school in concert. We think that most of the boys have committed them to memory.
During a part of the year, I have been aided in the work of imparting instruction to the boys under my care, by Mr. J. Putnam and Miss H. Norton, whose zeal, fidelity and faithfulness in the work are worthy of all praise. Their
and co-operation in all my plans to advance the interests of the school, have been most satisfactory. We feel that we have not accomplished, either for the mental improvement or moral renovation of these boys, all that we desired. We can only say, that by prayer, precept and labor, we have done what we could. We can only pray that God will more abundantly bless our efforts in the future than in the past. There has been no addition made to the Library during the year.
Hoping that our humble efforts may not only be blessed of God, but that they may also meet in some measure with your approbation, I submit this report.
H. A. BARKER,
REPORT OF TEACHER OF PRIMARY DEPARTMENT.
To the Hon. Board of Control of the State Reform School :
GENTLEMEN—Thirty-one boys have been received into the Primary Department of the School during the year ending Nov. 16, 1864. They were placed in classes as follows: Twenty in the Primer, sixteen in the First Reader, four in the Second, and one in the Third.
Twenty-nine of these boys could not write. Oniy three of them had any knowledge of Arithmetic.
Since only forty-two boys are allowed in this school, as many have been sent out as have entered. Three have been discharged, and twenty-eight have gone to the upper school, as smaller boys came in. Of the number who have gone out, four read in the Primer, five in the First Reader, twelve in the Second, and ten in the Third. Twenty-one of the number could write their own letters; the others could not write, or simply write their own names. One knew nothing of Arithmetic, eight were in the Table Book, fifteen in Primary, and seven in the Intellectual Arithmetic.
Of the forty-two now in the school, six read in the Primer, fifteen in the First Reader, fourteen in the Second, and seven in the Third. Twenty can write their own letters, twelve can write their names, and ten cannot write. Six receive instruction in Arithmetic orally, eighteen are in the Table Book, fifteen in the Primary, and three in the Intellectual Arithmetic.
Two boys have made considerable progress in Geography, and instruction is given to all from Outline Maps. Reading of the Scriptures form a part of each day's exercises, besides which, every boy learns a verse to recite. This often calls out explanations, and the reading of other portions of the Bible.
The average age of the boys in this department is a little more than ten and a half years.
The hours of school and work remain the same as last year, but the most of the year we have been making palm leaf hats instead of straw. One thousand four hundred and thirty-seven hats have been made. This has been new work for both teacher and scholars, and when it is remembered how many new boys have come into the school, and that they, as well as those already here, were to be taught, it will be seen that this has been a work of no small magnitude. In this labor we have been faithfully assisted by Mrs. Simot, who taught us this work, and by Miss Norton, who has been with us most of the time.
Hoping that the good seed sown in the hearts of these unfortunate young boys may bring forth much fruit in after life, I respectfully submit this report.
SINDENIA A. BALLARD.
To the Honorable Board of Control of the Michigan State
Reform School : GENTLEMEN-It cannot reasonably be expected, from the brief period of my connection with the Institution as Chaplain, that I should present a very full or minute report of the moral condition of the School.
My report must of necessity be based upon observation, and these observations, when well taken, must be regarded as indicating its success or failure.
The first important facts that favorably impress the stranger, is the order pervading the entire Institution. Its discipline, though mild, is really military. Everything seems to be done by rule. This is the stepping-stone to all true and permanent reforms,
The deportment of the boys during divine service, and their attention to the word preached, give satisfactory evidence that religious truth is exerting a salutary influence on their minds.
I know not that any of the School have embraced Christianity during the year now closing, but I do know that many have been made better. Some have left the Institution not only with the respect, but love of its officers.
In view of the capacity of the Institution, the character of the boys when brought here, the salutary discipline under which they are placed, the degree of honor to which many have attained, and the favorable report of those who left the School, force upon us the conviction that there is no institution in the State that is doing more for the interest and salvation of humanity, in proportion to the outlay, than the Reform School. In view of what it has already accomplished, and is now doing, its friends may expect its future career will be emiDently successful.
Chaplain. Lansing, Dec. 12, 1864.
To the Hon. Board of Control of the State Reform School :
GENTLEMEN-The School has been healthy during the past year. Only one death has occurred—that of Herman Nash. He went into hospital on the morning of Dec. 29, 1863, and died that evening of cerebro spinal meningitis.
During March and April, a large number of the boys had the measles. The disease, however, was of a very mild type, and required but very little treatment.
Inflammation of the eyes was quite troublesome during the summer. Many of the boys were afflicted, and a large portion of the cases obstinately resisted treatment for a long time. It has now nearly disappeared, and when a sufficient supply of good pure water is secured for the School, this disease will be of rare occurrence.
In common with the surrounding country, the School has been comparatively exempt from malarial fevers, and there is reason to expect that for the future these diseases will continue to decrease.
I. H. BARTHOLOMEW,
MICHIGAN FEMALE COLLEGE.
REPORT OF VISITORS.
To the Hon. J. M. GREGORY, Superintendent :
The undersigned committee, appointed to attend the annual examinations at the Michigan Female College, respectfully present the following report:
From unavoidable reasons, the committee were not able to attend all the examinations, but such as they did attend gave very satisfactory proof that this College is more and more realizing the high ideal of scholarly attainments. The examinations were characterized by readiness and self-possession in the pupils, and thoroughness of instruction on the part of the teachers. The examinations in the department of Modern Languages were very satisfactory, especially that in German, by Miss Edgerton. The examination in French, by Miss Rogers, exhibited unusual thoroughness in the minutiæ of the language.
The essays of the young ladies possessed a modest, earnest and dignified tone, which showed that just ideas of life and character had been inculcated. For the good influence of the instructors over the moral character and habits of the pupils, the Institution stands deservedly very high.
It is confidently expected by the numerous friends of the College, that it will soon realize their fond hope of becoming the Mount Holyoke of the Peninsular State.
R. C. KEDZIE,