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October 13, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(15):954. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460410038010

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Two years ago an attempt was made to pass a law through the legislature of Illinois limiting the degree-giving power to educational institutions possessed of a certain minimum endowment. More or less similar laws are in force in some other states and the result has been good. When the measure was before the Illinois legislature, however, there was an outcry from the secular press, that it was illiberal, aristocratic, and un-American, and it naturally failed to pass. Since then, however, the country has had an objectlesson of the need of just such a law, a need which is the greater in Illinois, since in that state charters are granted on application and any fraud can incorporate without scrutiny into its character. The exposure of the Armstrong frauds, of which there appears to be an unlimited succession, has taught the public something since 1898, and it may be that a similar

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