FOR 1906-1907

To the Board of Trustees :

The President of the University has the honor to submit to the Board of Trustees the following Report for the year 1906-1907. The Report covers the period from September 30th, 1906, to September 30th, 1907.

Early in the morning of December 7th, the Chi Psi fraternity house, formerly the Fiske-McGraw mansion, was completely destroyed by fire. Of the twenty-six students sleeping in the lodge all but two escaped from the building. W. H. Nichols, 1907, of Chicago, and F. W. Grelle, 1910, of South Orange, N. J., perished in the flames. 0. L. Schmuck, 1907, of Hanover, Pa., was himself successful in reaching a place of safety, but he returned to the burning building in a heroic but unavailing attempt to rescue his room-mate, Mr. Nichols, and received burns which caused his death within a few hours. J. McCutcheon, 1909, of Pittsburg, Pa., was carried from his room by H. M. Curry, 1909, of Pittsburg, Pa., but he sustained injuries which resulted fatally during the same day. Three firemen, A. S. Robinson, J. C. Rumsey, and E. J. Landon were killed by the falling of the north wall of the building. The entire University community has been affected with deep grief and sincere sympathy at this appalling loss of life.

But some consolation is justly found in the exhibition of noble manhood which that trying hour called forth. Those deeds of self-sacrifice and loyalty will ever live in Cornell history and tradition, inspiring among all Cornellians pride and zeal for emulation, as they have evoked throughout the land reverence and admiration.

On July 29th the steamer Frontenac was burned on Cayuga Lake near Union Springs, and two members of the Summer Session, Miss Zalia Colvin McCreary, of Cohoes, N. Y., and Miss Evelyn Winnifred Mott, of Port Allegany, Pa., lost their lives by drowning. This distressing accident excited among the Faculty and students of the Summer Session sincere regret and sympathy.


The melancholy death of Professor Ernest Wilson Huffcut, which occurred on May 4th, plunged the University into deep mourning. He was one of Cornell's most brilliant graduates and ablest teachers. Professor Huffcut had since 1893 been professor of law in the Cornell University College of Law, and since 1903 Dean of the Faculty of Law. He was a valued and loyal friend, a citizen who served the State without stint, and a teacher whose masterly knowledge and lucid exposition have rarely been excelled.

On July 30th Francis Miles Finch departed this life at his home in Ithaca at the ripe age of eighty years. the foundation of the University Judge Finch was its wise and ever-ready counselor. Hc was numbered among the trusted friends of the Founder. He manifested especial interest in the College of Law on its establishment in 1887,

and lent the weight of his wide experience and profound learning to it first as lecturer and in 1895 as professor of law. From 1896 until the time of his retirement in 1903 he acted with great wisdom and ability as the Director of the College of Law. For sound legal counsel generously given and for unsparing service as a teacher and friend, Cornell University will ever be indebted to Francis Miles Finch.

On September 5th occurred the death of Professor George Chapman Caldwell, who was a member of the original Faculty of the University and, for thirty-four years and until his retirement in 1902, head of the department of chemistry. Professor Caldwell was known for his wide attainments and endearing qualities. His years of faithful and efficient service have won for him lasting gratitude and a fond place in the memory of the Faculty and alumni of Cornell.

Professor James Morgan Hart and Professor George William Jones retired from active service at the end of the college year 1906–1907, and they were appointed by the Board of Trustees to emeritus professorships in the English language and literature and in mathematics, respectively. Professor Hart was a member of the original Faculty of the University. He was absent between the years 1873 and 1890, but since 1890 he has served the University continuously, faithfully, and capably in the department of English. He has proven himself a gentleman of culture, an entertaining and valued friend, a devoted and thorough scholar, and a teacher of the highest type. Professor Jones has for the past thirty years been a member of the department of mathematics. Through his books and his oral instruction he has led hundreds of students into methods of sound reasoning and logical thought. For his unflagging zeal and efficiency throughout his long period of service the University owes Professor Jones its deepest gratitude.

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In June the terms of the following Trustees expired and they were re-elected, namely, Messrs. S. D. Halliday, M. Van Cleef, and R. H. Treman. In June also, Mr. C. E. Treman was elected by the alumni to succeed himself as Trustee and Mr. W. H. French was elected to fill the remaining vacant alumni trusteeship.

Professor T. F. Hunt, of the College of Agriculture, resigned the professorship of agronomy in order to accept the directorship of the Pennsylvania State College Experiment Station. Cornell University loses an excellent teacher and a gentleman of agreeable and attractive personality.

The following new appointments to professorships were made during the year :

ALBERT Ross HILL was appointed professor of the philosophy of education, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the School of Education. Dean Hill was born in Nova Scotia October 4th, 1869. He received his early education in the Pictou Academy. In 1892 he took the degree of A. B. from Dalhousie University, and he has since then received the degree of Ph. D. from Cornell University in 1895 and LL. D. from the University of South Carolina in 1905. He was a student at the Universities of Heidelberg, Berlin and Strassburg in 1893 and 1894. From 1895 to 1897 Dr. Hill was professor of psychology and education at the State Normal School, Oshkosh, Wisconsin ; he was associate professor of philosophy, 1897–1898, and professor of philosophy and director of the psychological laboratories, 1898-1903, at the University of Nebraska; and he was professor of educational psychology and Dean of the Teachers' College at the University of Missouri from 1903 to 1907. Dr. Hill is a member of the following societies : Sigma Xi, the Western Philosophical Association, and the National Council of Education of the National Educational Association.

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