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The Medical Hall of the University of Pennsylvania was badly burned recently. The fire was confined to the two upper stories of the building, but the rare works of art together with medical collections of great value were ruined. In the three lower floors great damage was done by water to the museums, libraries and laboratories.

The Lick Observatory has been formally transferred by the representatives of the Lick trust to the trustees of the University of California. Not more than $90,000 remain of the fund of $700,000 for astronomical purposes which had been increased to about $1,000,000 by the accumulation of interest. The balance in the hands of the trustees will yield not more than enough to pay the salary of the director. An appeal is to be made to the state authorities for a sufficient appropriation to give the institution funds to cover the annual expenses.

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