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[[aligned left margin]] XIV [[/aligned left margin]] [[header centered on page]] JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS. [[/header centered on page]] Since this resolution, the collections of the Museum have enormously increased, so that before a new building could now be completed the material pressing for display would more than cover the entire area of such a building as the present one. It seems absolutely necessary that the new building should contain, beside a basement, at least two stories, it being indispensable to have, apart from the purposes of display, upper rooms for the preparation of the exhibits below. The price of material has risen very greatly, so that, owing to these combined causes, the estimate of 1883 is not applicable to the wants of to-day. The Secretary did not conceive that any supplementary action on the part of the Regents was now needed, but submitted these plans and estimates that they might be advised of the probable very considerable increase in the sum that it would now be necessary to ask of Congress. The Chief Justice, being obliged to leave here, resigned the chair to Senator Morrill. The Secretary stated that in connection with this subject of the plans he would present a letter from Mr. Cluss, of the firm of Cluss & Schulze, architects, asking for "an equitable compensation" for professional services and expenses in former years, in connection with a proposed building for the Museum. On motion of General Meigs, it was Resolved, That Messrs. Cluss & Schulze be informed that the question of compensation to them for plans for a new Museum building will be considered when they shall present such a bill as can be submitted for Congressional action. The Secretary recalled to the attention of the Regents a statement made at their last meeting, to the fact that bills had been brought before Congress making an appropriation for the purpose of establishing a Zoological Park under a Board of Commissioners, of whom the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution was one, and directing this Commission, after purchasing and laying out the land and erecting the necessary buildings, to turn it over to the Regents. The bill as since actually passed, however, only instructed the Commissioners to purchase the land; and, while declaring the Park to be for the advancement of science, gave no intimation of the intent of Congress about its ultimate disposal. This Commission has nearly completed the purchase, and the time has now arrived when the Park may advantageously be placed under scientific direction. He could not, of course, anticipate what the final action of Congress would be in the matter, but he was authorized to state that the Commission would feel satisfied if Congress should place the Park under the Regents' control. There is an increasing collection of animals already in the Regents' care, and an appropriation of $50,000 has been asked for, to provide for its establishment in the newly acquired Park, which, within its large area, would also provide suitable retirement for the small physical observatory already
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