The annual report of the secretary of the society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women, shows clearly the encouraging growth of the Annex in the past year and the strong footing it has now obtained in the college. We have referred before to the various improvements and additions that have been made this fall-chiefly those in the Fay House, and in the increase of courses in the departments-but there remain certain other points in Mr. Gilman report which are worth mention. In the first place it is to be noted that student game this year from one hundred and thirteen institutions as against seventy seven last last year; a fact which shows how strongly the advantages of the Annex are appealing to graduates of other seminaries and colleges. Mr. Gilman calls attention to the need of a gymnasium for the students. Hitherto the Society has shared with Dr. Sargent the expenses of carrying on his private Sanatory Gymnasium for women; but there are many disadvantages in this arrangement, and it is desirable that a building should be constructed for the special use of Annex students. This building could be erected at a cost of fifteen or twenty thousand dollars.
There has been a constant call for scholarships from students who well merit them, but the Society is unfortunately unable to meet this demand. Annual scholarships have been given at times by friends for certain students, but there is only one regular scholarship. With the care that is made for this aid there is an excellent chance here for some benefactor to render good service by establishing more scholarships.
The report calls attention still further to the greater effort that has been made to keep the standard of admission for special students high. Many candidates under twenty years of age or who could not undertake the advanced work which special students should take have been refused admission.