HISTORY OF TEXAS.
vancement corresponding to that age. He
must be free frdm contagious or infections
diseases or any deformity that would unfit
him for the performance of his duties as a
student of this college. He may be required
to furnish evidence that he has not been dismissed
from another institution of learning,
and that his moral character is good. The
mental attainments necessary for entering
upon the courses of study comprise a fair
knowledge of arithmetic as far as proportion,
of descriptive geography, and of elementary
English grammar and composition.
The regular courses of study lead to the
degrees of bachelor of scientific agriculture,
bachelor of mechanical engineering, bachelor
of civil engineering, and bachelor of
scientific horticulture. Thorough instruction,
theoretical and practical, is given in the
departments of mathematics, agriculture,
mechanics, civil engineering, horticulture,
chemistry, English, veterinary science and
drawing; courses in modern languages;
special short courses in agriculture, horticulture,
dairying, carpentry, blacksmithing, machinery,
chemistry, drawing and surveying.
Total expenses for session (exclusive of
books and clothing), $140.
There are in the agricultural museum 419
specimens of Texas wood, all numbered and
labeled, also 208 jars of soil from the different
counties of the State, all of which are properly
arranged in cases.
Grounds and buildings are valued at $260,000;
equipment, including stock, machinery,
apparatus, library, etc., $75,000.
AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION OF THE
AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL COLLEGE
OF TEXAS, COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS.
* In 1887 Congreds made provision for establishing,
equipping and supporting agri
cultural experimental stations in the several
States. the stations to be placed under the
supervision of the boards of directors of the
State agricultural and mechanical colleges,
where such colleges have been established.
The act of Congress appropriates $15,000
per annum from the United States treasury,
to each State, to equip and support the stations.
Owing to some technical defect in the
bill as passed, additional legislation was required
to make the fund available. By recent
enactment the appropriation is placed at the
disposal of the several States, and the stations
are being organized.
The purposes for which the Agricultural
Experimental Station bill was passed is clearly
set forth in section 2 of the act, which reads
" It shall be the object and duty of said
experiment stations to conduct original researches
or verify experiments on the physiology
of plants and animals; the diseases to
which they are severally subject, with the
remedies for the same; the chemical composition
of useful plants at their different stages
of growth; the comparative advantages of
rotative cropping as furnished under a varying
series of crops; the capacity of new plants
or trees for acclimation; the analysis of soils
and water; the chemical composition of manures,
natural or artificial, with experiments
designed to test their comparative effect on
crops of different kinds; the adaptation and
value of grasses and forage plants; the composition
and digestibility of the different
kinds of food for domestic animals; the scientific
and economic questions involved in the
production of butter and cheese; and such
other researches or experiments bearing directly
on the agricultural industry of the
United States as may in each case be deemed
Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed January 28, 2015.