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Biological Laboratory of Princeton.

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At the decennial reunion of the class of '77 of Princeton, it was decided to present the college with a biological library. The twelve thousand dollars necessary was subscribed immediately, and the work was begun at once. The building was completed last June, too late to be formally opened before the next term.

Princeton has long felt the need of a laboratory for instruction in vertebrate anatomy and embryology, as the students taking the special courses in vertebrate morphology, embryology and histology have been greatly hampered by the very meagre accommodations for laboratory work. Three members of the class of '77 have during the last seven years been appointed professors in different branches of biology, and the class naturally took a great deal of interest in the welfare of this department. The members therefore decided to build a laboratory and give it to their alma mater.

The new laboratory, to be known as "The class of '77 Biological Laboratory," was opened last September. It is built in the Romanesque style and offers both an attractive exterior and an interior provided with abundant light and space. It is two stories high and contains three laboratories, On the ground floor are the physiological and embryological laboratories, and on the second floor the morphological laboratory. Eight large working tables, for four men each, have been placed in the morphological laboratory in front of the windows; the end wall spaces are fitted up with instrument and reagent cases, and between the windows are hung diagrams, charts, etc. Adjoining this room is a library provided with the works necessary for the courses; and in the basement are numerous aquaria.

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