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Published by Rhode Island News Company, 113 and 115 Westminster street, Providence, R.I.



For the benefit of persons within the State who cannot attend the College as students, the faculty has arranged a course of study known as the Agricultural College Extension. The plan of operation is similar to that of the Chautauqua Reading-Circle. On December 20th, 1894, circulars giving the course of study, suggestions for supplementary reading, and other information relating to the course, were sent to those persons within the State whose names were on our mailing list. The following is reprinted from out Extension circular:


The course of study is so arranged as to meet the requirements of all, with no limitations as to age, sex, or occupation. Persons may take short special courses in any branch, and receive certificates for proficiency therein, or they amy take a more extended course, and receive the award of a special diploma. An examination either at the college or under the direction of some authorized person will be necessary for obtaining either cirtificate or diploma, but this arrangement does not prevent persons from taking any course without such examination. Persons desiring to graduate will be required to pass an examination on at least one book under each number in the following three years' course; thus taking five studies each year. Additional work may be taken by any desiring it. Persons will be passed, upon writing a satisfactory review, of one thousand or more words, of the books marked by a star. On all other books, a written examination will be required.


Price to Members of
the Extension
1. First Principles of Agriculture. Mills and Shaw 1.50 .40 .05
  American Literature. Hawthorne and Lemmon 1.12 .1
2. *Home Floriculture. Rexford 1.50 1.20 .08
  Silos, Ensilage, and Silage Mills .50 .38 .04
  *Helps for Home Makers Mary Blake .75 .56 .08
3. Insects and Insecticides Weed 1.25 1.00 .08
The Human Body. Martin 1.20 .10
4. Feeding Animals. Stewart 2.00 1.60 .12
American History. Montgomery 1.00 .11
5. Manual of the Constitution. Andrews 1.00 .08



1. Soils and Crops. Morrow and Hunt 1.00 .75 .06
Representative English Literature Pancoast 1.00 .06
2. Text Book of Botany
Horses, Cattle, Sheep and swine. Curtis 2.00 1.60 .12
Ornamental Gardening for Americans. Long 2.00 1.50 .08
3. How the Farm Pays. Henderson and Crozier 2.50 1.88 .12
How to Make the Garden Pay. Greiner 2.00 1.60 .12
Profitable Poultry Keeping. Blake 1.50 1.12 .08
*Anna Maria's Housekeeping. Power .75 .56 .08
4. Stock Breeding. Miles 1.50 1.12 .12
English History. Montgomery 1.12 .11
5. Political Economy (Briefer Course). Walker 1.00 .08
Astronomy. Newcomb 1.30 .12



1. Practical Farm Chemistry. Greiner 1.00 .80 .06
General History. Meyers 1.50 .15
2. A Text Book of Chemistry
The Nursery Book. Bailey 1.00 .80 .06
Draining for Profit and Health Waring 1.50 1.12 .08
 3. Langstroth on the Hive and Honey Bee (Danant's Revision) 1.12 .08
American Fruit Culturist. Thomas
American Dairying. Gurler 1.00 .80 .06
4. Green-House Construction. Taft 1.50 1.20 .08
Horse Breeding Sanders 2.00 1.50 .12
*Our Farming. Terry 2.00 1.60 .13
English transulation of a foreign literature (books will be recommended later according to the subject chosen.)
5. The New Womanhood. Fernald 1.25   .94 .08
Advanced Course in Political Economy. Walker 2.00 .15
Soils and Rocks. Stockbridge 2.50 2.25 .12

This arrangement affords opportunity for taking special courses in either agriculture or horticulture, while it also contains studies that will admit of a course entirely without the agrucultural books, which some might not care to study exclusively.

It was with a great deal of reluctance that physology, botany, and chemistry were placed in the course; and while a knowledge of these sciences is considered of great value, no person will be encoruaged to begin them unless he arranges either to come to the College one term for laboratory practice and aid, or to join a class to be taught by an instructor from the College. This latter arrangement can be perfected, if communities, granges, ect, take up the work with that end in view.


In selecting the books for this course of study, the committee has had under consideration a large number of valuable ones; and in many cases, selection was difficult. It therefore feels thet in presenting the limited number of studies for this course, several books have been left out which should have a place, if not in the regular reading-course, in the home, grange, or town library. A list of supplementary works is therefore appended.
Agriculture (2 vols.) Storer 5.00 3.75 .24
Talks on Manures. Harris 1.75 1.31 .08
Practiclal Dairy Husbandry Willard 3.00 2.00 .16
The Grasses of North America. Beal 2.50 2.00 .10
The Farmer's Veterinary Adviser. Law 3.00 2.40 .16
Plant Life on the Farm. Masters 1.00   .75 .06
The Shepherd's Manual. Stewart 1.50 1.12 .11
Harris on the Pig. Harris 1.50 1.12 .08
Practical Poultry Keeping. Wright 2.00 1.50 .12
The Book of Poultry. Wright 5.00 3.75 .24
Colored Plates. 12.50 9.38 .32
How Crops Feed. Johnson 1.50 1.12 .11
How Crops Grow. Johnson 1.50 1.12 .11
A B C of Bee Culture. Root 1.25 1.00 .12
Amodern Bee Farm Simmins
Bees and Bee-Keeping. (2 vols.)Cheshire
The Production of Comb Honey. Hutchinson   .25
The Production of Extracted Honey. Cowan
The Incubator and its use. Rankin
Poultry for Profit. Jacobs
Incubators and Brooders. Jacobs
Natural and Artificial Duck Raising. Rankin
Poultry. (A treatise on raising Broilers and Ducks by Artificial
means.) Mc Fetridge 
Hand-book of Plants. Henderson 4.00 3.20 .28
Flowers, Fruits and Leaves. Sir John Lubbock
How to know the Wild Flowers. Dana 1.50 free
Origin of Species. Darwin 2.00 1.50 .14
Animals and Plants under Domestication (2 vols.) Darwin 5.00 3.75 .28
The American Commonwealth Bryce 3.50 free
Letters to a Daughter. Starrett   .75   .60 .06
How the Other Half Lives. Riis 1.25 .06
Amenities of Home   .60   .45 .05
How to Win. Frances E. Willard 1.00   .75 .07
New-England Legends and Folk Lore. Drake 2.00 1.50 .12
A Nameless Nobleman. Jane Austin 1.25   .94 .08
Dr. LeBaron and his Daughter. Jane Austin 1.25   .94 .08
Standish of Standish. Jane Austin 1.25   .94 .08
Betty Alden. Jane Austin 1.25   .94 .08
Half Hours with American History (2 vols.) 3.00 2.25 .24
Masterpieces of American Literature 1.00 .08
Riverside Literature Series   .15 free
A Short History of the English People. Green 1.20 .15
Student's History of England. Gardiner 3.00 .15
Readings from English History. J. R. Green 1.50 1.12 .12
English Classic Series   .12 free
Public Opinion (Periodical)


No examination is required for membership in the College Extension courses. Any person desiring to become a student in this department should make application by sending to the secretary his name, address and occupation, together with a statement as to the course of study he wishes to pursue, and the extent of his previous study and practical expeerience in the line chosen. Upon receipt of this application, the student will be enrolled as a member of the College Extension, and his name will be forwarded to the Rhode Island News Company, 113 and 115 Westminster street, Providence, from which firm he can then obtain any books in the above list at special rates.


While students are earnestly encouraged to work independently, decided advantages will be found to arise from the formation of reading circles in neighborhoods and granges, where weekly meetings for consultation and discussion may be held. If several (not less than six) in the same locality are taking a given course, arrangements may be made for an instructor from the college to be present at the meetings of the class when special instruction is desired. A course may be begun at any time during the year.


Upon the completion of a year's work, arrangements for examination may be made by correspondence with the secretary, and upon the completion of three years' work, examinations upon the same having been successfully passed, the student will graduate, and receive a diploma from the College. Students graduating from this department will be expected to be present at the college on Commencement Day, to receive their diplomas.


The expense to readers in thes course is for books only, any of which are worthy of a place in the farm home library, and are offered here at very reasonable prices. In case an instructor is called to give lessons away from the college, the members interested will be required to pay his traveling expenses.


If further information is desired upon any point, if difficulties or any nature are encountered by the student in his study, or if any advice is required in the selection of books, a letter to the secretary will insure a reply upon the point in question. All interested in thes work, whether enrolled as students or not, are invited to visit the college frequently--its library, laboratories and the Experiment Station--and to encourage others to do the same. It is the object and wish of the management of the college to do all in its power to promote the best interests of the people of the State, and the co-operation of every loyal citizen is sought. All correspondence relating to the Agricultural College Extension should be addressed to

J.D. TOWAR, Secretary,

Kingston, Rhode Island.

Transcribers Notes: The spelling and punctuation are as in the book. Misspelling and has not been

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