The First Fight Against Appropriations 197
shall become a law the State will give Chapel Hill $15,000 per
annum, and will be entitled to the tuition of 188 students, free of
This appropriation, with the condition attached, the friends of the
denominational colleges of the State feel constrained to oppose, not
because they cherish any ill will towards the State school at Chapel
Hill, but from considerations of right, and in order to protect their
We oppose this measure, first, because we deem it unwise that so
large a part of the public money should be appropriated to collegiate
instruction, when the special and peculiar want of the State at this
juncture of its history is common school education.
When only one-third of the children of the State are at school; when
the State is so poor that it provides only money enough to keep the
public schools in operation
weeks in the year, and the
appropriation for the education of each child for the whole year is 81
cents, it seems unreasonable that the State should pay $80 a year for
the education of each student it may send to Chapel Hill.
We object to the measure, in the second place, because it proposes
to educate the youth of the State at a very expensive rate of tuition.
Each of the 89 students at Chapel Hill last term cost the State at the
rate of $84.27 per annum, and if the Governor's recommendation shall
be adopted and each of the free scholarships shall be represented, the
cost of each student would be within a fraction of $80 a year-a higher
price than any college in the State charges.
There are three objections which lie against the proposed plan for
aiding Chapel Hill and promoting education.
The first is, as we have seen, that the State is called to give
beneficiary education at Chapel Hill at too great a cost-a cost much
larger than it can have the same number of students taught as well
Second: By this plan many enjoy this charity of the State who are
not worthy objects of charity. A large number of the free