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Balance on hand Oct. 1st, 1849, 191,960 93

Tolal, $497,926 64



REPORT Vo. 6.

Receipts.

here was romaining in the hands of Trustees on 1st

October, 1849, as per report No. 5, the sum of- • • « $191,950 92



The receipts by Trustees for the six months ending April 1st, 1850,
ere as fullowst viz :

torn toils and water rents No. 7503, $39,844 13

rom lands east and west of Tippecanoe No. 7604, 26,506 50

rom lands in Vincennes District No. 7505, 27,637 72

rom interest and exchange No. 7607, 744 60

rom suhscripiioq of Bondholders No. 7508, 251 JHQ Oft

Total, , $537,993 87



EzpendilureM.

The expenditures by Trustees for the same period were as follows,
i:

>^ Iteneral expenses warrant No. 5119, 7,616 73

T ordinary repairs No. 5120, 14,517 96

>r extraordinary repairs No. 5121, 14.644 66

>r expeoses of Juperintendenre No. 5122, 2,958 17 '

>r expenses of Land Office east and west of Tippe- '

canoe No. 5123, * 566. 87

>r etpen^es of collection No. 5124, 2.488 43

»r construction of Canalfrom' Coal Creek- to Terre-

Haute No. 5126, 20,626 39

>r construction of Canal from Terre Haute to Point

Commerce No. 5126, 58,195 7i8

|r cxMisiruciion of Canal from Point Commerce to

Newbury No. 5127, . . 32,169 59

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For eoBstnictioi^ of Cansl fiDni Newlmrjr tot Mityt*

vifle No. 5128, «39,685B

For construction of Canal South of Maysville No.

&139, 28,6514

For expenses of surveys No. 5130, 6,63i 10

For expenses of Land Office in Yincennes District No.

5131, 454«

For damages and water power No. 5132, 3,380 S

For interest on subscription of $800^000 No. 5133, • }6,531 »

Balance on hand April 1st, 1850, • * • 298,935 (B

Total, $537.9«S



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Receipts.

There was remaining in the hands of Trustees on Ist

April, 1850, as per report No. ^, the sum of $SU6fi6^



The receipts by the Trustees for tho m months ending Oct 1st,
1860, were as follows, vte:

From tolls and water rents No. 750&,- • • 9II(X$BB U

Prom lands east and west of Tippecanoe No. 7510,* - 27,358 9

From lands in Vincennes District No. 7£I1, 22,590 ii

From interest and exchange No. 7512, 12,146 H

From subscription of Bondholders No. 7513, 2,700 IV

From overcharge for disbursements No. 7514, 553 (V

' Total, - $4H8e4^»

ExpenditMT^,

ThQ expenditures by Tni9t«fd9 for ibi^MiM p«i«d wera asfolbtn^
Tix:

For general expenses warrant No. 5134, $l%}9i ^

For ordinary repairs No. 513;$, Ifi,^ Of

l^pr extraprdinary repairs No. 5136, 9^70 U

For expenses of superintendence No. 5137,- » $^ tf

fiQT expenses of Land Office east and west of Tippe*

canoe. No. 5138 fT. 87931

^ t^ptl^es of collection No. 5139, SJtf ^



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l>r «oakttbetioa of Caiwl from €o41 Cfetik to Tot»*

,Klw«,No. 5140» 4,«T&01

m construction of Canal from Terre Haute to Point

I ComnDeice. No. 5141, > 8S,0I6 2t

for construction of Canal from Point Commerce to

Newburjr, No. 5142, 84,639 40

fbreorotruction of Canal from Newbury to Mavs-

ville, No.5143 '. . 38^818 10

Ibr construction of Canal south of Meytville, No.

,WH 106,947 58

m expenses of enrreys. No. 5145, 6;3S4 01

hr expenses of Land Office in Vineenne* district No.

,5146, 472 70

m damages and water power. No. 5147, 3,300 00

[or interest on subscription of $800,000, No. 5148,. 84,278 75
Utnce on hand Oct. 1st, 1%0, 194,910 09

^»»«^ " fi74,864 38

Oraod total of raenpu and «ipeDditar«9 on aeeoont «f Wabtttl
ti Erie Canail from Hs commeQcement to Oct. Itt, 1890!, tit:

BtpeHdUwns.

Toul iiy State to surrender to TrtSstees, . T. . . . . f5;38i,565 81

••41 by Tmstees to Oct. Ist, 1847, 7,430 7T

'Oial by Trustees to April Ist, 1848. 188,848 89

»i«l by Trustees to Oct. Ist, 1848, 885,46 J 48

m by Trustees to April 1st, 1849, 885,648 57

*>t«l by Trustees to Oct lst,184», 305,974 78

«Ul by Trustees to April 1st, 1850, 239,058 84

•Ul by Trustees to Oct. 1st, 1850, 279,954 89

otalcosttoOct. 1st, 1850, #6,733,988 63



Rtceiptg.

fttai by State to surrender to Truitee^, #1,701,459 44

»t*l by Trustees to Oct. Ist, 1847, 303356 73

Dial by Trustees to April 1st, 1848, 835,066 Si

otal by Trustees to Oct. 1st, 1848 150,550 44

otti by Trustees to April Ut, 1849, 100,760 64

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Total by Trustees, to April 1st, 1850^ 84S^ ff

Tolal by Trustees to Oct. 1st, 1850, 175,929 35

Total receipts from all sources to Oct. 1st, IS50,- • $3»3U8,?32 U
Deduct subscription of bondholders, to be refunded

from revenues of Cunal, 816,610 63

Total net receipts, • $2,493,121 71

Tolal expenditures, 6,733,928 S

Grand total of expenditures over receipts fronn com«

mencement tc Oct 1st, 185U, $4,341,806 Si



TOLLS AND WATISR BENTS OF WABASH AND EHIX CANAL.

The followini; is the amount of atolls and water rents received ti
each Toll Collector's office on the Wnbash and Erie Caoal, Uosi
October 1st, 1849, to October 1st, 1850, viz:

Fort Wayne office, for October, 1849, $9,246 SS

Fort Wayne office, for November, 1849, 7,960 iS

Fort Wavne office, for December, 1849, 43S S4

Fort Wayne office, for January, 1850, 000 00

Fort Wayne office, for February, 18S0, 000 00

Fort Wayne office, for March, 1850, 466 44

Fort Wayne office, for April, 1850, 4,612 13

Fort Wayne office, for May, 1850, 4,795 OH

Fort Wavne office, for June, 1850,. . . ." 4,518 85

Fort Wayne office, for July, 1850, 4.1S2 »

Fort Wayne office, for August, 1850, 8,243 2

Fort Wayne office, for September, 1850, ,1 1,238 70



Total, $55,8 J4 01



Lagro office, for October, 1849, • $1,776 5

Lagro office, for Noveniber, 1849, 889 K j

Lagro office,'for December, 1849, 366 4i

Lagro o!lice, for January, 1850, OOO Oil

Lagio office, for February, 1850, , 000 (•

Logro office, for March, 1850, ' 763 SJ

Lagro o!i:ce, for April, 1850, 1,075 il

Lagro office, fur May, 1850, I,l42 S

Lagro oifice, for June, 1850, 897 K

Lagro office, for July, 1850, 133 St



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f liBgrD.ofliee, for August, IfiSO.f 1,5S7 93

Lagro ofScet for. September^ 1850, • . 1,878 33

Total. ^...•. $10,501 74



Logttntport office, T^r October, 1849, #1,151 34

Logansport office, Tor November, 1849, 1,090 21

Loganspi)rt office, for December, 1849, 33 69

Logansport offioe, for January, 1850, 0,000 00

Logansport offioe, tor February, 1850, 0,000 04

Logansport offioe, for March, 1850, * 1,049 24

Louansport office, for April, 1850,- • • 2,10123

Logansport offioe, for May, 1850, 1,768 15

Logansport office, for June, 1850, 1,591 62

Logansport olfice, for July, 1850, 501 83

Logansport office, for August, 1850, 3,035 72

Logansport office, for Sei>tember, 1850l,« 2,485 14

Total, #16,807 17



Larnyetfe office, for October, 1849, #4,425 53

Lafayette office, for Noveraber,1849, 4,21 1 60

Lafayette office, for December, 1849, 660 34

Lafayette office, for January, 1850, 000 00

Lafayette office, for February, 1850, 000 00

Lafayette office, for March, 1&50, 1,586 36

Lafayette office, for April, 1850, 10,127 31

Lafayette office, for May, 1850,. . 7^78 22

Lafayette office, for June, 1850, 7,718 80

Lafayette office, for July, 1850, 3,798 43

Lafayette office, for August, 1850 6,450 25

Lafayette office, for September, 1850, 7,056 18

Total, #53,903 02



Covington office, for October, 1849, #2,394 38

Covington office, for November, 1849, 1,255 29

. Covington office, for December, 1849, 25 80

Covington office, for January, 1850, 000 00

Covington offioe, for February, 1850, • • 000 00

Covington office, for March, 1850, 000 00

Ceviogton offioe» for April, 1850, 1,918 67



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Oovingtta office, for May^ 1650, |I^MT Tl

Covington office, for June, 185U, IfiOi 81

Covington office, (or July, 1850, 1,679 09

Covington office, for Aogost, 1850, • 1,20S 75

Covington office, for September, 1850, • • 1391 68

Total, $12,959 18

Ten^ Haute office^ for July, 1850, f42i 3T

Terra Haute office, for Aogesi, 1960, fi08 10

Terre Haute o$ce, for September, 1850, 384 OC

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Toul, #1,306 51



WABASB MID BBIB- CAjTAI. SCBI^ ■AM' OP TVi^BOAMa.

Hie sMouni ef Canal Laad Scrip East, iflsuad- by the Auditor and
Treasorer of State, with the dates of the respective issues, is as fol-
lows, viz:

1848; May 7, from No. 1 to No. 10;B68, $&1,340 Of

I84S, May 2U, from No, 10,26» to No. 1 1,369 5,006 00

1843, May 25, from No. 11 ,269 to No. 15,262, 19,965 09

1848, Dec 28, from No. 15,262 to No. 20^)63, 35,000 09

1844, May 4, from No. 20,362 to No. 24,363, iOfiOO 00

1844, Sept. 4, from No. 34,362 to No. 28^262, 30^)00 09

1844, Oct. 19, from No. 28,263 to No. 34,363, 30,000 00

t846, April 35, from No. 34,363 to No. 44,363, SOftOO 09

t84S^ July 11, from No. 44,263 to No. 60,363. 30.000 09

1845, Aug. 23, from No. 50,363 to No. 5 • ,362, 30,000 09

1846, Feb. 11, from No. 54,363 to No. 61,263^ 35,000 09

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Total issued by Auditor and Treasurer, $306,310 00

Add to the foregoing the following amounts issued by
Commissioners of Wabash and £rie Canal, a Reg-
ister of which was filed in this office, viz:

Amount issued by J. L. WilliatM,. as per certificates

No. 1 to No. 7,097, 83,198 04

Amount issued by S. Fisher, as per certificates No.
7.098 to No. 7,914, • 7,711 01

• Tbttf amount, - .••• $396,219 09



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T%ere hare been redeemed and cancelled at the Treasury the fol-
lowing aumst viz :

1843, Sept. 19, as per warrant No. 6^78, $33,452 11

1843, Sept. 19, as per warrant No. 6,490, • 31,419 68

1844, Jan. 12, as per warrant No. 6,706, 44,017 76

1844, Sept. 10, as per warrant No. 7,914, 100 00

1846, March 6, as per warrant No. 793, 90,537 92

1847, Jan. 23, as per warrant No. 1^70, 90^64 85

1848, Feb. 22, as per warrant No. 2,692, 14,165 45

1849, Jan. 22, as per warrant No. 3,.541, 41,667 06

1850, Jan. 15, as per warrant No. 4,252, • • 25,453 01

Total redeemed and cancelled, $371,277 84

Amount in Treasury not cancelled, • • 12,999 88

Total amount redeemed, $384,277 72

Total amount issued, 396,219 05

Leaving total amount outstanding, $11.941 33



WABASH AHD BBIS OAITAL SCKIP, WJBT.-

Scrip bsued.
Total amount of Scrip issued, • • • •



$819,980



Scrip Redeemed.



Amount redeemed
Amount redeemed
Amount redeemed
Amount redeemed
Amount redeemed
Amount redeemed
Amount redeemed
Amount redeemed



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Total amount redeemed and cancelled, *
Amount in Treasury not cancelled,



Total amount redeemed, • .••.•••.

Leaving total amount outstanding Oct. 31, 1850, • ^ «



$29,255

135,275

9134D

259,415

191,150

31,425

36,985

15345

$791,190
22,490

$813,680
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DOCUMENTS



OF THS



GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF INDIANA.



AT THB



THBTY-FIFTB SESSION,



COMJISHOUIO



DECEMBER 30, 1850.



PAST SBOOVD.



BT AUTHORITY.



INDIANAPOLIS:
f. P. CHAPMAN. STATE PRIJ^TM.

1851. ^ ,

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CONTENTS.



PART IJ,



Report of the Trustees o{ the Institute for the Blindt I

Report of the Agent of State, . , • . . ^ 57

Report of the Trustees of the W. and E. Canal, - - 137
Report of the Trustees and Superintendent of the Asylum

for the Deaf and Dumb, S17

Report of the State Librarian, 269

Report of the Quarter Master General, ... 377

Address of Col. Dumont, 285

Address of Col. Lane, 301

Report of the Joint committee to investigate charges against

officers of the Hospital for the Insane, - • • « 317

Veto Message of Gov. Wright, Ann BIythestone Bill, - 325

Veto Message of Gov. Wright, Warren county Bill, < 329

Census Returns of Mr. Meredith, 333



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FOURTH



ANNUAL REPORT



OF TUB TRUSTBBS OF THB



INDIANA INSTITUTE



FOR THS



EDUCATION OF THE BLIND



TO THS



OENERAL ASSEMBLY.



DECEMBER 16, 1850.



INDIANAPOLIS:

J. P. CHAPMAN, STATE PRINTKR.
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OFFICERS OF THE INSTITUTE.



TRUSTEES.



GEORGE W. MEARS, Chairman.
SETON W. NORRIS, Treasurer.
JA;VIES M. RAY, Secretary.



ACTING SUPERINTENDENT :

W. H. CHURCHMAN.

L^E^M^ CURTIS. ! ^"^""^ ''««*«•'•
L. S. NEWELL, Teacher of Music.
S. McGIFFIN, Teacher of Handicraft.
Mm. M. G. DEMOSS, Matron.
DR. MEARS, Visiting Physician.



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CATALOGUE OF PUPILS.



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Aaron Gyger

NeUon W. Richhart...

Susanna E. Richhart,.

JohnM. Richhart,

Albertus Taylor,

•Daniel Byrkit

John ByrkiV

Gcori^e O. Work

liaac M. Eafiley

fLorenio T.Tucker,..,

Elixa Kinnear,

William E. Read

Wm. H. McQuerry,...

Lawrence D. Taylor,. .

Wm. T. Fleming

•Michael Courtney,....
IIGfo. W. Culbertson,..

Margaret Belchea,



I Benjamin Morrow,.

IIGeo.W. Hihbiti,....

, 11 J. S. R. Bergin,....

Ell Denny,

I John Leonard,

■ GareySufTord

Sarah S. Morgan,..



AlthaA.Paxton,....

f Louisa Helton,

|Silaa Helton,

Mark Maudlin,

Mary Boileau,

Isaac Cook

James O.Johnson,...
fPhebe A. Robinctt,..

Margaret E. Barnes,.

8arah C.Barnes,....

John W. Record

Rachel Martin,

Carolina Groff,

John G.Witt,



John DaTis.

Charles A. Kelson,. ..
Alexander Campbell,.

Wm.H. Young,

James Jackson,

Wm. T. Tooms,

Robert Cope,

Allen Thorn

Rebecca Sedam,

Sarah A. Hamilton,..

M.Ann Smith,

Nancy C.Smith,

Mary J. Ralnaklng,..



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Marshall,

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Scarlet Fever,

Congenital,

Congenital,

Congenital,

Congenital,

Congenital,

Congodital,

Conicenital,

Accident

Congenital,

Accident,

Congenital.

Whooping Conglu

Inflammatioa.

Fever.

Congenital.

Fever,

Amaurosii.

Cataract.

CongenlUl.

Accident.

CongenitaL

Scarlet Fever.

Inflammation.

Inflammation.

Accident,

Congenital.

CongenitaL

Accident.

Inflammation.

Congenital.

Congenital.

Scrorula.

Congenital.

Congenital.

Accident.

Congenital.

Congenital.

Measles.

Winter Fever.

Inflammation.

Congenital.

Amaurosis.

Congenital.

Congenital.

Congenital.

Inflammation.

Scarlet Fever.

Congenital.

Congenital.

Congenital.

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•Honorably discharged. fLeft. |) Deceased.



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REPORT.



To the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

The Trustees of the Institute of the State for the education of the
Blind, present their fourth annual Report.

It will be gratifying to the Legislature to observe a continued in-
crease of the number of the afflicted blind of the State, who enjoy
the beneficent provisions made by the people for their improvement.

The whole number of pupils, participating in the instruction of
the Institute in the past year, has been fifty-two.

Adequate provision has been made for the education of the pre-
sent number of pupils and of any anticipated increase of the year
before us.

The continued fidelity of Mr. W. H. Churchman in superintending
md of the other Instructors in the literary department, as well as of
■hose engaged in teaching music and handicraft, and of the Matron,
las been attended with gratifying success.

The resignation of Miss Eh'za M. Hamilton, whose brief connec-
ion with the Institute had given us much hope of her success, was
endered on account of ill health, and accepted.

The valuable services of Miss £ditha M. Curtis, as a teacher, have
een again secured, she having been necessarily disconnected with
ie Institute during part of the year.

On account of the large proportion of male scholars, several of
^hom are young men, the Trustees have been for some time paM
ssirous of procuring the addition of a male teacher of suitable
ipacity and promise of usefulness ; and therefore we availed our-

lives of the vacancy occurring, to effect such object. Not having
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such a teacher, experienced with the bHud» ofl'ered to us at'ler Id-
quiry, as was desired, we were gratified in procuring by appoint-
ment, the services of Mr. Barnabus M. Fay, who had, for six years,
discharged the duties of an Instructor in the New York Institutioa
for the Deaf and Dumb, which is under the charge of Dr. Pact, the
distinguished Principal. As the same desire to benefit the afHicted,
which led Mr. Fay to engage for so many years in the instruction of
mutes, has determined him to devote his life to the improvement of
the blind, we have every confidence, from his talents, deportment and
whole influence, that he will be a valuable acquisition to the Insti-
tute.

We have continued to authorize exhibitions, during the vacation
by the acting superintendent, with some of the pupils, which have
been given in as many counties of the State, as was practicable.
But little expense b thus incurred, and even this would be cheerfully
discharged by the citizens, but that it is our direction, that no chari-
table appeals should be made.

These exhibitions of the attainments of the pupils of the Institute
will be successively extended to the various portions of the State,
bringing thus, to the friends of the ignorant and helpless blind, con-
vincing proof of their capability of improvement.

As authorized by law, we have applied part of the means intrusted
to our charge in the construction of an excellent stone foundation
for the main building of the Institute, the plan of which having been
adopted, after its examination and approval by the ofHcei-s of the
principal Institutions for the blind in the United States.

Pursuing the settled policy of the Board to invite fair competition
in every leading branch of expenditure by receiving public proposals,
and to insure the lowest bids which prompt payment will justify by
{MTOvidiog for the punctual discharge of every obligation incurred^
we have procured the materials and workmanship of approvd
quality, at very favorable rates.

In this, as in every branch of disbursement, the means are only
drawn from the Treasury, in such limited sums as they are needed, and
eroy account has to be allowed by the Board before becoming a
charge to the Fund.

It will, we trust, meet the views of the General Assembly to ex-
tend such an enlargement of means to this department of the public
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building for the Institute, such as a regard to the best management
of its operations, and to the increasing demands of the blind of the
State calls for.

We have for the first time to record the decease of pupils; three
of our most promising scholars having died during the past year, not
however of disease to be ascribed peculiarly to their residence here —
on the contrary, we are well satisfied, that the health of the inmates
of the Institute, under the attention faithfully given to their cleanli-
ness, exercise and general habits, is much safer, than it would ordi-
narily be, at their respective homes.

We cannot forbear to testify to the unwearied care and attention
of our excellent Matron, Mrs. Demoss, during the illness of the pu-
pils. She merits and receives, together with the sympathizing teach-
ers and fellow pupils, our warmest commendations.

These sad and repeated providences admonish us of the obligation
we owe to the pupils and their friends, that while their hands are
trained to useful craft, and their minds to research and perception,
they shall be faithfully pointed by those engaged in their instruction,
to that gracious Redeemer, whose delight, when upon earth, was to
give sight to the blind, and through whom, that eternity, so near to
them, may be an eternity of vision and joy.

We add a summary, classifying the objects of expenditure of the
year comprised in the Treasurer's statement, herewith submitted :



SUMMARY.

Salaries of Superintendent, Teachers and Matron, • • • $1,982 50

Groceries, Provisions, and Provender, 1,753 01

Domestic hire, 649 68

Personal property for use of household department, • • 240 18

Fuel, • 203 25

Drugs, medicines, medical attendance and funeral ex-
penses, • • • • 164 03

Advanced for clothing of pupils, 80 00

School apparatus, 24 95

Books, stationery and printing, 91 73

Musical instruments and repairs on same, 12 75

Tools and fixtures for work department, 41 87



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Raw material for work department, 1,121 89

Labor and instruction in '* << 341 06

Insurance on personal property of the Institute, 22 00

Postage, 18 00

Miscellaneous expenses, 17 05

$6,763 95

Expenses of tour with pupils, 101 35

Erecting cellar walls of main building, including exca>

vation for the same, 3,737 24

Erection of a brick building stables, carriage house

and store room, 901 59

Miscellaneous improvements and repairs, 414 01

Discharge of Loan from the Sinking Fund in anticipa-
tion of the revenue, 2,500 00

Add amount unexpended in hands of Superintendent

Nov. 1, 1850, above the amount of last report,* • • • 412 90

ToUl amount, $ 14^33 04



The attention of the Legislature is invited to the accompanying
detailed and comprehensive report of the acting Superintendent, and
to the important suggestions therein which merit the careful considera-
tion' of the friends of the blind.

Respectfully submitted.

GEO. W. MEARS, )

S. W. NORRIS, } Trustees.

JAMES M. RAY, )

Ihdianapolis, December, 6, 1850.



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SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT.



To the Trustees of the Ind. Institute for the Education of the Blind:

Gx3fTi.BMBN : — The undesigned in compliance with a duty devolv-
ing upon him as the executive head of the Institute under the care
of your board, would respectfully submit his fourth annual report of
the condition and progress of its several departments, as follows:

In taking a retrospective view of the history of our interesting
charge .during the year just closed, it is not without feelings of the
most profound gratitutde to "Him that tempers the wind to the shorn
lamby!' that I am enabled to tell of continued prosperity in its mis*
sion of love to the sons and daughters of affliction. At no previous
time since the foundation of the Institute have you had so much
cause for congratulation upon the success of the benevolent enter-
prise entrusted to your guardianship. Though the school has but
just entered upon its fourth session, its registry contains the names
of no less than fifty-nine of Indiana's afflicted children, a larger
nnmber we think than has been received within the same time after
its oi^nization, by any other institution fpt the Blind in this coun-
try, if not in Europe. Some of these have already gone forth into
the world with greatly increased facilities, both for happiness and
usefulness, while the remainder are with few exceptions, still
members of our happy family, drinking greedily at the fountains of
knowledge, or plying their several industrial occupations, their hith-
erto dormant faculties springing into newness of life under the vivi-



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