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as is needed could be constructed and equipped with the necessary machines and appliances for drying both indoors and in the open air, for tive thousand dollars.
When the industrial building wils completed and occupied by that department, the old buikiling abindoned by it was found to be in 100 wood condition to destroy it. Under the direction of voer board it was remodeleid inside and furnished a new roof, and fitted up for the speeial accommodation of little boys. At the commencement of the pres. ent terin it was first used for that purpose, and is found upon iriai to be one of the most satisfactory improvements the institution has ever received. Our pupils have been subjected to no inore lisadvantageolis circumstance in former vears than the enforced association of vers small children with those of a larger growth and verging on early manhood. The little fellows wbo are for the first time taken from the tender care of mother and home are now immediately placed in this quasi kindergarten, where they have the constant oversight of two kind and gentle ladies, who have a warın sympathy for the little troubles of children and a hearty love of children themselves. They are thus separated from the rougher and more stalwart boys. They have a spacious sitting-room and a large play-room entirely to themselves, besiile their cosy little bed-rooms.
The practical working of this is so excellent that I believe the same principle might, with decided benefit, be still further applied, with comparatively small cost. To effect it, I would recommend that the pres ent barn be remodeled and transformed into a cottage for boys of a size and advancement beyond those for whom the late provision wiii made. It could be made to accommodate fifty lads. The cost of the change, I estimate, would be two thousand dollars, or forty dollars for each person provided for. Should it be deemed wise by the general asseininly to authorize and provide for the forevoing improvement, I would recommend that a new barn be erected for the stabling of horses, and care of «arriages, wagons, etc., and another for the care of cows. Each of these will also need granaries, hay-lofts and rooms for the person who have charge of the animals.
The rapid growth of the number of pupils indicates that there will be in attendance, next year, an ve
of four hundred and tifty pro pils, and the year following, an average of four hundred and serenirfive. The support of these will require two bundredd follars per an. num per capita. This would make the amount needed
There will also be needed, to keep the premises in repair, three thousand dollars per annum.
I would respectfully renew the recommendation male two years ago, that a stone floor be placed in the boiler-rooin, instead of the old wooden one now about worn ont. If the present floor were a good one. its material is such as to uutit it for the uses it is subjected to). Three hundred and twenty-five dollars will be required for this purpose. Recent enlargements of the institution mike in additional boiler The three now in use
use are rendering perfectly satis factory service, but if one should become disabled, the iwo remains
ones would not be adequate to do all the work required in a season of severely cold weather. There should be one more also, that there may be the regular cleaning of boilers which is absolutely necessary to their preservation. To purchase such a boiler as is required and put it in place, making all necessary comections, will require the sum of $1,179. Nine fights of stone steps are needed to supplant wooden oves now
For this purpose $380 will be needed. I would recommend that an iron fence be placed in front of the building. The fence taken off the area wall, when the area was disused, will answer the purpose quite well with some adıitions to that already on hand. It should have a good brick foundation, laid in cement, surmounted with a substantial stone coping.
I would suggest that your board take steps to secure possession of four lots of ground immediately in front of the institntion, and extend the front yaril, by moving Asylum street eastward. The importance of this purchase is too obvious to need argument, as the improvement and growth of the city is bringing this property into demand. The front yard of the institution is entirely too small to comport with the magnitude of its buildings. Should these lots be purchased by other parties and built on, the front of the buildings will be so circumscribed as to be maile quite unsightly. To purchase the property after it had been improved would cost a much larger sum-probably three or four times as much as it can be securel for now. The owner of it purposes to sell it to the institution
for the sum of $4,000, though if sold in small lots and to private parties he would demand a much higher price for it.
I would also suggest that an appropriation be recommended for two tire-escapes, one at the north and the other at the south end of the institution. It is believed that the institution is well protected against fire, and that the means of escape in case of a fire are good, yet to protect the lives of the inmates beyond all question in the event of a conflagration, I think it important that additional provision entirely independent of stair-cases he constructed. A fire-escape has been invented and patented within a few mouths that meets all the conditions of security, safety and ease of nise that are desired. It is in use at the Ohin institution for the eduation of the deaf and dunıb, where there are two in working order. It is as nearly perfect as such a convenience can be maile. Ilaving seen it and given it a close examination, I am quite justified in representing it exactly such a device as should be placed upon all large buildings where large numbers of persons are bouset. It is a rapid, substantial, safe and handsome as well as economical fire-escape, always ready for use, and is operate witho'rt the intervention of any brackets, lauders or ropes. The expense of two, such as we need, will be one thousand five hundred dollars, tinished ready for use and tastefully painteil.
Before concluding this report you will allow me again to express my appreciation of the distinguished honor your board has conferred ou me by my continuance in the responsible position of superintendent of the Illinois institution for the education of the deaf and dumb, and also to give expression to my thankfulness to Ilim who while on earth
was the benefactor of the deaf, the blind, the palsied, the paralytic, and the practical as well as sympathetic friend of the poor
and distressed, for the favor with which He has regarded the institution, and the blessings of health, success and prosperity with which He has so signally crowned it during the two years just closed. With much respect,
PHILIP G. GILLETT,
JacksONVILLE; Ill., October 1, 1878.
REPORT OF THE LIBRARIAN.
Philip G. Gillett, LL. D., Superintendent.
SIR: I have the honor to present you with a report of the library of our institution for the two school years ending June 13, 1877, and June 12, 1878.
1. Grmoth, At the date of my last report there were in the library 1,897 volumes.
933 volumes. By gift...
Making the number of volumes now in the library 2, 859. The books purchased have been selected with the greatest care, reference being had to the needs of pupils and teachers, and ty procuring a liberal discount from publishers' prices, the limited amount of money at our disposal has been expender to the best advantage. Of gifte, special mention should be made of an elegant copy of Dante's Inferno, with Dore's illustrations, presented by Mrs. C. Dane, in token of her interest in the library; the Dore Gallery, a sumpiuous volume of engravings, presented by the Grand Lodge 1. 0. 0. F. of the state of Illinois, as a testimonial of their appreciation of an entertainment given them by the pupils, on the occasion of their visit, November, 1870; a set of the Congressional Record, from Hon. W M. Springer, Smithsonian reports, and other valuable public documents, and a number of juvenile books from Miss Mary S. Billings.
2. Lee The following figures will show the number of readers, and the number of volumes drawn during the two years. Year ending June 13, 1877: Officers of the institution 31
450 volumes. Pupils (boys, 120, giris, 92). 212
612 volumes, Pupils (boys 123, girls 100). 123
2, 938 Total..
3,550 The library has been open on each school day from 8 a. n., to 4:30 p. m., and on every Saturday from 3:30 to 5 p. m., and from 6 p. m. to 8p
Besides the privilege of taking books to their rooms, the pupils are also allowed io spend two hours on Saturday at the library, reading and looking at the bound volumes of Harper's Weekly and the Londou Dlustrated News, ihe numerous pictures contained in these works affording great entertainment and instruction. The library is also daily consulted by teachers and older pupils upon subjects arising in the school-room, and its value in inducing and encouraging research and investigation cannot be over-estimated. It is a matter of constant study with your librarian how to make the books of the most practical use to the pupils and officers, and every means is employed toward this end. The result is an increasing interest in literature, and a higher appreciation of the treasures therein contained. In the pupils, especially, there is noticeable a growing taste for reading, and a desire to know more about anthors and their works. The teachers have earnestly co-operated with the librarian iu encouraging this taste, and in adopting such suggestions as have from tine to time been given them.
3. Future additions. The library is not yet completely supplied with works of reference, although a good begin ng has been made in that direction. The old edition of the American Encyclopedia might be replaced by the new one, upon favorable terms A good dictionary of antiquities is much needed. For the younger pupils a few hundred volumes of easy reading could be used with excellent effect, and would greatly aid in the work of teaching language. The scientific department of the library needs enlargement, the collection of works in that line of thought being rather meagre. A few more art treatises, of a practical nature, are desirable.
4. Catalogue. A very complete index-catalogue was undertaken some time ago, and will probably be printed, at least in part, before the close of the next year. It is designed to render the contents of the library easily available, and will embody all the most recent improvements in the art of cataloguing.
5. Reading-room. I would suggest that a space at the west end of the lower hall ! the school-building be fitted up for a rearling-room, where the many newspapers receited by the institution, or at least the most important of thein, may be kept on üle, together with the best current periodicals. The older pupils could be allowed the use of this at certain hours each week, as it reward for good conduct. It would also a 18vrd both teachers and pupils an opportunity of convenient reference to topics of daily interest in the world's history, and this serve s'iin aid in the clucational work of the school-room.
The ex peose would be trifling, comptred with the great benefits aceruing. All of which is respectfully submitte.
JOIN II. WOODS,
TERMS OF ADMISSION.
I Applicants should not be under ten nor over twenty-one years of age. Children possessing werk constitutions, or who have failed to attain the ordinary growth and rigor of mind and body, should not be bruugnt to the institution under twelve years of age.
II. The annual session commences on the third Wednesday in September, and continues till the second Welnesday in June. The proper time for the admission of pupils is all the oprning of the x68x10n; and punctuality is so important, thitt noe will be received, except in extraordinary cases, who do not coine at or about that time.
III. Pupils from Ilinois are uomitted to all the privileges of the institution free of charge-being provided with board, washing, fuel, lights, tuition, books, and everything necessary, except clothing and traveling expenses.
Fach pupil should come provided with suficient clothing to last one year, or with the money to procure it He should also have it trunk, with a good lock and key, and large enough to contain all his clothing, each article of which should be distinctly marked with his name.
V. In addition to the above outfit, a small sum of money should be deposited with the superintendent, to meet incidental expenses repairs on shoes, postage, etc. -any part of which remaining on hand at the close of the session will be returned.
VI. Except in cases of sickness, all the pupils are expected to remain at the institution from the commencement till the close oť cach session, at which time parents or friends should be prepared to take them home to spend the Vacation.
VII All applications from a distance, letters of inquiry, etc., etc., should be addrreni to Philip G. Gillett, LL. D., Superintendent vt the institution, Jacksonville, Mlinois. All leiters for pupils should contain the words "Institution for the Deaf and Duinb, a part of their direction.
In relation to indigent pupils, the General Assembly. in April, 1875, passed the following act, viz:
in all cases where persons sent to the institution for the blind, the institution for the deaf and dumb, or the in-lution for feeble-minded children, are too poor to furnish themselves with sufficient clothing, and pay the expenses of transportation to and from the institution, the judge of the county court of the county where any sneb person resides, upon the application of any relittive or friend of such person, or of any othees of his town or county (ten (lays' notice of which the application shall be given to the c!ty clerk), may, if he shall deem such person it proper subject for the care of either of said institutions, make an order to that elect, which shall be certitied by the clerk of the circuit court to the principal or superintendent of such institution, who shall provide the necessary clothing and transportation at the expense of the county, and upon his rendering his proper accounts therefor seni-:nnually, the county board shall allow and pay the Same out of the county treasury.
N. B -- Persons coming to the institution from abrond can take the West Stute street horse cars and be carried to the institution for five cepts. Those who arrive after nicht can find good accommodations at either the Dunlap, Park, Southern or Metropolitan How tels, till morning.
*Friends of pupils are desired not to ask a departure from this rule.
The teachers are retained at their posts of labor during the holidays as well as at all other times during the session. The school exercises are not discontinued, and must not be deranged by the temporary withdrawal of pupils to visit home. The summer vacation is long, and affords anple time for such visits.