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History of Montana State College
for X 907
SHE year 1907 will remain memorable in the history of the college for the inauguration of a new policy on the part of the state legislature toward the college, by which the state appropriations for its benefit were increased far beyond any preceding figure; and for the passage by Congress of the Nelson amendment, by which the national appropriations for the college in the course of the next five years will be absolutely doubled. The increased appropriations by the state makes possible the first considerable addition to the buildings of the college since its initial equipment; and the increased appropriations by Congress will make it possible for the college to increase its scientific equipment, and teaching staff in proportion to the demands of the increasing attendance. It is not the policy of the college greatly to enlarge its present scope.
The last legislature assembly of Montana showed a great interest in the college. Through the efforts of President Hamilton and Director Linfield, figures were prepared and presented to the legislature which showed that Montana had been lagging behind her neighbors in the support given to the state schools. Hon. Walter S. Hartman, of the Executive Board, and other well known citizens urged the claims of the college upon the legislature and the Governor. 'Through the efforts of the Gallatin Valley Club, headed by President II. L. Casey, the legislators were pursuaded to undertake a trip to the college to see for themselves the possibilities and needs of the college. They landed in Bozeman in the darkness of early morning on Saturday, February 2, 1907, about the stormiest and most disagreeable day ever known on the college hill.
But in spite of the discouraging storm and though they made the occasion something of a frolic, they studied the college thoroughly. The legislators came, they saw and they were conquered. The college got practically everything it asked for. The state appropriations made for the two years, 1907 and 1908, were more than for the whole history of the college prior to those years. The maintenance appropriations for
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