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IN his address at the opening of the present University Session at Berlin, the out-going Rector quoted some interesting figures showing the effect of the recent war on the activity of the University. In October 1870 there matriculated in all the faculties 1,236 students, while the number of entries for the winter session of 1869 was 2,421. Of the 1,236 students who entered their names in October, only 904 continued their attendance throughout the winter. The actual number of medical students last winter was 173, while in the previous winter session they amounted to 550. The falling off in numbers extended about equally to all the four faculties; but it appears that none of the theological students who entered at the beginning of the session were required to break off their studies. The courses of lectures, public and private, that were announced amounted to 366, and of these 271 actually came off. Forty students took their degrees—8 in jurisprudence, 19 in medicine, and 13 in philosophy. The number of deaths, so far as was ascertained, amounted to 32. The University seems now to have returned to its full activity, to judge from the crowded state of many of the class-rooms. A few of the students are to be seen wearing the ribbon of the Iron Cross.

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