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hands of Mr. Parker as a matter of convenience for collecting the
interest and principal.
Three new cottages for teachers' residences have been built on the
school grounds during the past y7ear. In connection with the liter¬
ary work, there are at present 23 industries in operation, which are as
follows: Carpentry, painting, architectural and mechanical drawing,
brick-making, brick-masonry, saw7 mill work, plastering, wheel -
wrighting, harness-making, farming, shoe-making, tinning, printing,
mattress-making, nurse-training, dress-making and sewing, stock-
raising, blacksmithing, laundrying, tailoring, house-keeping and
There has never been a y7ear in the history of the school when so
much improvement has been made in the teaching of the industries.
Most of the industrial wrork now7 has as its foundation a thorough
course in mechanical and architectural drawing. The article to be
manufactured in the shop is first drawn by the student and then
manufactured in the shop. Every7 student now7 receives three-
fourths of an hour each day bearing upon the principles and theory
of his trade or industry in addition to the practical work. This has
greatly increased the interest of the students in the industrial
work as well as added to the value of the industrial work. One of
the greatest needs in the industrial work is more teaching force, so
that the head of the department can have more time for planning,
research and study7. The colored people throughout the world are
beginning to demand industrial education in a way that thev have
never done before. All of our industrial departments have been
full, and many students refused for lack of room.
A large number of other schools and individuals are applying to
this institution for information that will assist them in starting or
improving an industrial department, and this furnishes another
reason why everything at Tuskegee should be done in the best man¬
ner In a word, an increasing number of institutions are using- us
as then' model.
The Bible Training School, founded by Miss Olivia E. P Stokes,
of New York, about eighteen months ago, is meeting- with very7
satisfactory success. The enrollment for the present year is forty-
three, consisting mainly of ministers or those intending to be minis¬
ters. Perhaps the most interesting -int\ unique feature of the Bible
Training School is the fact that theology in the usual sense is not
taught, and the question of denomination is wholly ignored. The