Excerpt from Miami University: Inauguration of William O. Thompson, D. D. As President of Miami University
Dear old Oxford, I bring tribute to thee as one of the most modest, yet most generous of mothers. Thou hast from the first, given all thou could'st give to thy children, laying up nothing for profit except a good name. Thy ground-rents were, like the laws of the Medes and Persians, to know no change. They were the same seventy years ago, when five hundred silver dollars paid a professor's salary, as they are now. They will remain the same, I suppose, though it should take ten times five hundred silver dollars to support a professor. Fortunately. Silver dollars are still worth as much as gold dollars and Miami has as many pro fessors on her roll as she ever had. Her present condition, known to me only in vague outline, seems pleasant. Like her past, it gives us only happiness.
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