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State Educational, Benevolent
and Correctional Institutions
SIXTY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Comparative statement of population, expenditures, officers, averages
To the Members of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana :
In compliance with an act passed by the Sixty-first General Assembly of the State, approved January 16, 1899, the committee appointed by the Governor under the provisions of said act submits herewith its report, as follows:
The committee realizes that the value of its report depends upon the thoroughness of its investigation, the care and completeness of its report and the wisdom of its conclusions. It realizes the difficulty of making a report that will convey sufficient information to the Legislature without being too voluminous. That some institutions seem to be more economically and systematically managed than others is not to be questioned. That mistakes have been made in the past and are likely to be made in the future in every institution, is but a natural conclusion. It is the purpose of the committee, however, to avoid either harsh criticism of any institution or unnecessary praise. With the earnest endeavor to do justice to all institutions it has been the purpose of the committee to determine what are the absolute needs, and to discriminate between needs which are most pressing and those worthy of consideration, but for which there is no urgent demand for immediate provision.
These institutions—Purdue University, Indiana University, the State Normal School, the Institution for the Education of the Blind, and the Institution for the Education of the Deaf-are graduating more than two hundred students annually, and educating in higher branches of learning and in special departments of training about 4,000 students. There is invested in real and personal property at these institutions $2,267,000, not all of which,