Rev. J.K. Howard, formerly of Medford, who still has extensive interests here but is now a resident of Glendale, has gone into the business of educating Chinese youths upon an extensive scale. He is president of the Oregon Chinese Training School, which owns a 10-acre tract near Glendale and is preparing to erect a school to accommodate 200 Chinese students this summer.
Rev. Howard is now in Washington, D.C., where he has secured credentials from the secretary of state and also special credentials from the secretary of commerce and labor to bring in 100 young men from China to the United States.
Morrison Reid of Glendale, a banker, who is vice president of the school, details its plan as follows:
Each of the students will be placed under a $2,000 bond. In the past there has been considerable fraud practiced in the bringing in of Chinese young men as students.
They have disappeared and have failed to prosecute their work in the schools and colleges as was anticipated. This is absolutely a new departure, however, as the school at Glendale is not a mercenary enterprise and is not run for profit.
"The school will run 12 months each year and will be devoted, not only to the mental but the physical development of the students. We are going to give them manual training and we are going to send back to China a group of young men who will be influential in the adoption of Western methods.
"The Chinese in the past have devoted more attention to intellectual matters than to physical development. This is evidenced by the fact that in a recent examination over 200 students passed the mental test to come to the United States while only 30 were qualified from a physical standpoint.
"Mrs. Reid and myself, Fred M. Chu, a freshman in the Willamette University, 19 years old, and William Tom of Seattle, whose parents in China belong to the upper class and who are quite wealthy, leave on May 10 from San Francisco to Shanghai. Mr. Tom is president of the Young China Association of Seattle and is a trustee of the Oregon Chinese Training School."