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PROFESSOR HOLLOWAY.

Professor Holloway is one of the best advertisers in the world. Newspaper men with one accord rise up and call him blessed. His pills and ointment, for the immense sale of which he has been indebted to his extensive advertising, has brought him an immense fortune. It may be an open question whether his medicaments have or have not alleviated human suffering to any extent, but it is no longer an open question that the professor is an open-hearted generous man. If his pills and ointment have not wrought miraculous cures, it is certain that the money he has made out of them is being put to a good use, as the following extracts from a London paper will prove. Near the Virginia-Wjiter Station of the L. and S.W. railway, stands a magnificent building, of which our contemporary says : —Built on the top of a slight eminence, the Holloway Sanitorium, with its tower standing in pleasure grounds 22 acres in extent, is a conspicuous object in the richly wooded country which inspired Sir John Denham with some of his finest

verses. Commenced some seven years ago by Mr Thomas Holloway, the Sanitorium for Curable Cases of Mental Disease was originally intended by the founder as a gift to the nation, perfect and complete as it stood. Since its completion and decoration, however, Mr Holloway has resolved not only to make a gift of the building, but to invest an additional L. 50,000 as an endowment, which will raise the cost of the whole foundation to L 350,000. The purpose for which it is designed is clearly defined by the founder to be the succour of persons of the middle class afflicted with mental disease. In selecting this object he has been guided by the consideration that rich people so unfortunate as to suffer from cerebral disease need no monetary assistance, and the poor in a similar mental condition are already cared for in public asylums. Put broadly, the scope of the Holloway Sanatorium includes the doctor, lawyer, artist, clerk, or any professional bread-winner whose work cannot like an ordinary business, be carried! on by deputy, and whose income (leases absolutely when he is unable tcj work. At some little distance from the Sanatorium, in the direction of Egljam, is the still greater institution foundejd and endowed by Mr Holloway. jin memory of his deceased wife this public-spirited benefactor has decided not only to build but to endow a college for the higher education of women. A few years ago Mr Holloway called a meeting of persons interested in education to consider the best means of advancing the higher education of women by some gift or endowment to be made by him. The meeting was very well attended ; but some time afterwards he determined to take the whole matter upon himself Accordingly, he bought 95 acres of freehold land at Mount Lee, Egham; and on the Bth May, 1876. conveyed the property to three trustees —Mr Henry Driver, Mr George Martin, and Mr David Chadwick, then M.P. for Macclesfield. Mount Lee is a magnificent as well as a simple site. Holloway College is of enormous size, It forms a double quadrangle 500 feet from east to west, and 350 feet from north to south. The main portions, which run from east to west on each side, consist of five floors, each 10 feet 6 inches high', all of which (with the exception of the western portion of the lower floor, arranged as store rooms) are devoted to rooms for students, professors, and class-rooms, connected by four spacious stone staircases placed equidistant, two in each wing. The building is laid out to provide the most ample accommodation for 350 students, and each student will have two rooms, arranged as bed and sitting rooms, each 13 feet 6 inches by to feet 6 inches, and divided by corridors xo feet wide and 100 feet long on each floor. Mr Holloway pas already communicated his desire tb convey at once to trustees a sum of l|oo,ooo in order to complete the payment and endowment of the two institutions he has founded, and has askeiil Mr Samuel Morley, M.P., to join 'Mr David Chadwick, Mr Driver and Mr Martin in the trust. He has also jluring the past season made quite indaijlvertently a sensation in the picture (market. A mysterious American was sjaid to be buying up some of the best things offered by Christie, Manson, and Woods, and by private dealers. The “ mysterious American ” seems to have been no other than Mr Holloway, whose idea is to make a “ gallery of gems ” for the “ girl graduates ” of the future. His purchases in this line amount to LSa.yoo and this together with his other conveyances to trustees, will raise the amount of Mr Holloway’s gifts to the nation to Lqso.ooo a sum which throws all previous charities and endowments into the shade.

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PROFESSOR HOLLOWAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 532, 12 January 1882

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PROFESSOR HOLLOWAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 532, 12 January 1882

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