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A meeting of the Committee of tho Association was held in the Normal School last evening, Mr A. Burt (president) in the chair.

The Hon. Skckktary (Mr George M. Thomson) reported that the total number of students enrolled was 204. The numbers entered for the various classes were as follows : English (Mr J. 11. Chapman) 33 Enplish literature (Rot. K. Waddcll) .. ..30 Latin (Ro". AR. Fitohett) .. .. .. 15 Arithmetic (Mr J. R. Montgomery) .. ..46 Mathematics (Mr A. M'Lean) .. .. ..24 Chemistry (Mr G. M. Thomson).. .. ..31 Shorthand (Mr J. C. Smith) 77 CirpontrylMrW. H. Soott) 13 In connection with the chemistry class the Visiting Committee of the Normal School promised to recommend the Board to grant the use of the laboratory as a lectureroom. Further applications for admission to the shorthand class had to be refused, as no more could be accommodated, and it had ber.n found necessary to secure the services of Mr S. M. Park as assistant to Mr Smith. The majority of the students entered were between sixteen and twenty-four years of agn, a few being under and some over these ages. The occupations comprised chiefly those of clerks, warehousemen, engineers, grocers, drapers, carpenters, compositors, plumbers, brass-finishers, chemists, ironmongers, draughtsmen, telegraphists, bootmakers, tailors, etc.

In Mr Waddell's class some ladies had entered, and it was expected that more would be present next week. So many have applied for admission to the arithmetic class that several students had in the meantime to be refused. Arrangements havo, however, been made by the Committee to provide an assistant to Mr Montgomery, which will make the admission of larger numbers and a better classification of students in this subject possible, besides making the class more manageable in point of numbers. Mr Thomson hid before the Committee certain papers he had received from the Science and Art Department, London. From these it appeared that the Department of Science and Art is prepared, upon the application of the colonial Government or Educational Department, or other public authority of the colony, to arrange for the examination of the Association's classes and to issue certificates and returns of awards on the result of the examination. Messrs Fitzgerald, Thomson, and_ Wilson were appointed a committee to consider the matter and to approach the Education Board on the subject.

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