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TWENTIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
STATE OF IOWA,
APPOINTED TO VISIT THE
INSTITUTION FOR THE BLIND
PRINTED BY ORDER OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
To the Twentieth General Assembly:
Your committee appointed by the Twentieth General Assembly to visit the College for the Blind, at Vinton, most respectfully report:
We find the Institution in a most satisfactory condition, and every facility was cheerfully accorded your committee for a close examination of the accounts and the details of the College work.
The building is substantial and well adapted for the use for which it was designed, but the roof is leaky on account of imperfect construction, and we recommend that it be either repaired thoroughly or rebuilt at once.
We find that the employment of experienced oculists during the past two years has been productive of substantial good, and recommend a continuance of this practice.
Your committee are pleased to find that the able principal of the College, Mr. McCune, has, during the past year, made successful efforts to bring the young blind people of the State under the influences of the adequate provisions that have been made for their education.
We approve the course of study pursued at the College, and are especially pleased to note the advance made by the pupils in the mechanical arts, whereby many of them are lifted from a state of dependence and fitted to earn their own living.
In regard to the special instructions issued by the General Assembly to your committees, we have duly examined, and find
First. That the appropriations made by the last General Assembly have been wisely and economically expended.
Second. That they have been expended for the object appropriated.
Third. That chapter 67, of the Acts of the Seventeenth General Assembly, has been complied with in not contracting indebtedness in excess of the appropriations.