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law be amended to require that applications for the detail of a Military Professor be accoinpanied by satisfactory proof that at least 150 male pupils above the age of fifteen are actually present at the institution. *

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* The interest manifested by the Faculty of the several universities and colleges is entirely satisfactory in some cases, but in many others would indicate that the details were secured to obtain the services of an officer proficient in mathematics, as a professor in that branch, and that his value as a military instructor is appreciated purely from a disciplinarian point of view. This limited interest is deemed entirely inadequate to justify the expense and inconvenience of such details."

The Professor of Military Tactics here does enjoy the privilege recor.mended, receives the “full and active co-operation of the President and Faculty," and this College is one of the twelr'e having "an average attendance of one hundred and fifty (150) male students.”

THEORETICAL INSTRUCTION.

(Session 1883-'4.) As Professor of Military Science and Tactics, I instructed the Senior and Junior classes respectively. The former by lectures in military science during the 2d term, the latter by recitations in Infantry tactics during the 3d term.

(Session 1884-'5.) Students of the Senior class were taught military science by lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week during the 3d term. Instruction was given the Junior class by recitations in Infantry tactics on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays of each week during the 3d term.

(Session 1885-26, to November 14, 1885.) There has been no theoretical instruction in the Military De. partment to date.

PRACTICAL INSTRUCTION.

I superintend the company drills as often as I consider necessary, and myself drill the battalion, and always supervise the artillery practice.

THE MILITARY DEPARTMENT, Has confined itself to the limits demanded by an Agricultural and Mechanical College, and has always given way to the Industrial Departments where its interests conflicted, nor has there ever been a desire other than to carry out the letter and spirit of the acts of Congress and of the State of Mississippi in the establishment of this department at this College.

IX CONCLUSION.

Thanking the President, Faculty, Students and Officers, for their co-operation and assistance in the performance of my duties, I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. L. BUCK,
2d Lieut. 13th Infantry,
Prof. of Military Science and Tactics,
Commandant of Students and Inspec-

tor of Commons.

A. & M. COLLEGE OF Mississippi,

November 13, 1885Gen, S. D. Lee, President :

Dear Sir: I respectfully submit the following report of the Department of English, embracing a history of the work done and of the changes made during the two years that have elapsed since my first report, November 14, 1883.

SCOPE.

The Department of English embraces a thorough study of the English sentence, both by analysis and synthesis ; English history; rhetoric; the etymology and history of the English language; the history of English literature ; the general history of mankind ; the history of the world's literature in outline; the art of literary criticism; declamation; the preparation of essays, addresses, and orations; a post-graduate course in English classics. To these subjects have been added, by assignment, moral science, political economy, the Constitution of the United States; and, in the postgraduate course, psychology, and logic.

The following tabulated statement exhibits

THE WORK DONE.

SENIORS.

1883-84

Enrolled...
Examined..
Passed....

STUDIES AND ORIGINAL WORK.

1. Moral Science. ...
2. Constitution of the United States.
3. Political Economy...
4. English Literature and Criticism...
5. Fifty.five (55) original papers examined

9 9 9 II 9 9 121010 9 9 9

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1835-'86.

STUDIES AND ORIGINAL WORK.

Enrolled...
Examined.
Passed....1

21

1. The Junior Class are.

now engaged in the preparation of original addresses
to be delivered during the 2d term.

SOPHOMORE.

1883–284.

STUDIES AND ORIGINAL WORK.

Enrolled...
Examined.
Passed....

23 2016

1. Rhetoric..

26 2018 2. Etymology and History of English 3. Two hundred and forty (240) papers.. 4. One declamation for each member before the entire

body of students...

1884-'85.

STUDIES AND ORIGINAL Work.

Enrolled... I
Examined. I
Passed....IN

1. Rhetoric..

33 3131 2. Etymology and History of English...

33 28 22 3. Four hundred and sixty-five (465) papers examined.. 4. One declamation for each member present before the

Faculty and Students

1884-'85.

STUDIES AND ORIGINAL WORK.

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1. Rhetoric (now in progress)
2. Two hundred and fifty-two (252) papers examined.
3. Twenty-six ( 26 ) declamations rehearsed

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