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 Page: 140
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HISTORY ORF TEXAS.
^ When graduates from the above schools
present their diplomas or certificates to the
chairman of the faculty, they will be admitted
to the freshman class in English, history
and mathematics and to junior law. In
case Latin and Greek were requisite for
graduation from any high school, the gradnates
of that school will be admitted to freshman
Greek and freshman Latin also.
The session begins the fourth Wednesday
in September and closes on the third Wednesday
in June, and is divided into two terms.
Co-education is a feature of the institution.
Young women have equal advantages with
the young men, and the course of study is
the same for both. Tuition in the university
is free to all residents of the State.
Each student is required to pay a matriculation
fee, as follows: Academic department,
$10; law department, $20. Non-resident
students are also required to pay that amount
as a tuition fee. Students who work in the
laboratory pay for the materials they use.
Value of buildings and grounds, $240,000;
value of library, $15,573.99; value of chemical
and physical apparatus, $30,945; total, $296,518.99.
The State Asylum for the Blind was established
September 2, 1856, and has for its
object the education of blind persons. It is
not an asylum where the indigent and helpless
are cared for at the public expense, but
a school in which the blind receive such general
education and training in industrial pursuits
as will aid them to become self-supporting
as other classes. When the course
of study prescribed has been completed the
pupils return to their homes, as dp the students
of other schools, and like weem are no
longer a charge upon the State. In short,
the only difference between the school for the
blind and a public school is in the amount of
money the State expends on them. Sighted
persons only receive free tuition, while the
blind are fed, clothed and transported to and
from school at public expense.
The course of study is as follows:
Reading by touch in point and line print,
writing in New York point, arithmetic,
mathematical and physical geography, English
grammar, etymology, elements of ancient
and modern history, natural philosophy, English
literature, elements of chemistry, physiology
Of the trades, piano-forte tuning, broommaking
and upholstering are taught to the
young men. The young ladies receive instruction
in crocheting and bead work, and
learn to sew by hand and by machine. The
young men excel sighted persons as pianotuners,
and become very proficient at making
brooms, mattresses, pillows, and bottoming
chairs with cane and rattan. The bead work
and crocheting done by the young ladies
would reflect credit on sighted persons. The
physical development of pupils is promoted
by regular daily exercises in calisthenics,
with dumb-bells, Indian clubs and rings.
Pupils whose sight can be benefited by
operating on their eyes receive treatment
from a skilled oculist connected with the institution.
About twenty-three persons have
in this way been restored to sight within the
last twelve years.
All blind persons, or persons who cannot
see to read ordinary newspaper print, between
eight and twenty years of age, will be admitted
to the institution.
The school is located in Austin, and in
number of teachers, size of the buildings, the
amount of philosophical, chemical and astronomical
apparatus, maps, globes and appli.
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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, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/145/?rotate=270: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .