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long ago by President Buckham of the is a question for antiquarians to settle, University of Vermont is recalled to but even if we doubt the accuracy of the mind, and seems to us even better. "A statement that it dates as an organized gentleman is more thoughtful of others' seat of learning from the year 635 we privileges than of his own rights, more know that it was the resort of scholars in thoughtful of others' rights than of his those dim, dark days whose only records own privileges." And yet accepting this are scanty chronicles. Oxford claims latter definition as expressing all that the more than 1,000 years of authentic hisword should mean we ask on second tory, and the University of Paris asserts thought, does it, or, if it does, do we seniority over Oxford. Bologna is alknow any gentleman, and are forced to most twice the age of Aberdeen. admit that they are very few.
In society a gentleman is commonly supposed to be an individual with ac
Though the Pi Eta Society of Haryard
University is only forty years old this ceptable manners, one who presents a fairly creditable appearance and a de
fall, and a young organization in com
parison with some other clubs of Harmeanor unobtrusive in the world in which he moves—nothing more seems to be ex
vard, it is nevertheless a strong social
factor. pected, and even this is more rare than
Its present clubhouse, formerly
the Porter homestead, in Winthrop would be supposed. A well-known society woman remarked the other day: “I
square, was purchased in 1893, and encan count the gentlemen of my acquaint- tirely renovated to suit the new demands,
and in 1897 a commodious theatre adance on the fingers of one hand.” Possibly she had in mind Secretary Bona
joining the clubhouse was built. Properly
to commemorate the fortieth anniversary, parte's or even President Buckham's definition of the word, in which case her however, and partly to meet the growing statement would not seem so severe.
requirements among the members for greater comfort and convenience, it is
proposed to move away the old house and While Harvard was dedicating its new to build on its site a new and ampler medical school buildings the University house of brick with sandstone trimmings. of Aberdeen was celebrating the four The new house which will be fifty-eight hundredth anniversary of its foundation. feet long by forty wide, will cost about Four hundred years seems a most $35,000, and will be generally Colonial respectable antiquity to Americans, but in style to harmonize with the other brick in reality Aberdeen is among the younger buildings in the college yard. A balusof the distinguished European universi- trade will surmount the roof on three ties. Just when Cambridge was founded sides.
FADS AND EANCIES OF THE COLLEGE MAN
That apparel oft proclaims the man, culiarity about the collegiate get-up. or the class to which the man belongs, is This must be striking enough to excite illustrated among the students of Har- remark. About it may be grouped as vard University. They have always many other idiosyncrasies as the wearer taken a special pride in the distinctive may wish. At times, the insistence on character of their clothing. "College this one peculiarity must be rather painspirit” is a quality much more difficult ful; for regardless of the personal equato identify than “college style.” It is a tion in the matter, everybody has to wear matter of common knowledge that col- the same thing. lege men can be distinguished by their Before President Roosevelt became dress.
associated with the fads and fancies of There must always be some one pe- the great world; when, as editor on a college magazine, no thought of attack- of its supporters, though this very belief ing the spelling of his mother tongue has suffered some rude shocks by the inhad come to him, he was embellished creasing arrivals of foreign intruders at with side whiskers. That was the “open Harvard in even more remarkable vestsesame” of college gates in his day. ments than those of the old guard of True, whiskers have ceased to be an ar- fashion. ticle of raiment since primeval man And there lies the extreme danger of twisted his into a rude frock coat; but the final decline and fall of the empire that was the keystone of the university of college sartorial precedence. Disaffashion, you understand; not worn for fected and independent students, to say convenience, but for effect. Add to that
Add to that nothing of those whose lack of percepa white hat like an inverted bean pot, a tion, or deliberate iconoclasm, seems to pair of trousers with perfectly round
with perfectly round give them an air of liberal opinion, are legs, as though the wearer had stepped beginning to raise the deuce with trainto two china umbrella stands, a dapper dition. And more telling blows are comcane, and you have the Harvard Ches- ing from sources innocent of all intenterfield of the late 70's.
tion. The attire is just as discriminative,
Harvard is a cosmopolitan institution. though entirely different, now. The hat
Its student body is recruited from all may be felt or straw, as suited to the
parts of the civilized world, and many season. Who needs to be told that it has
newcomers register-even from Chicago. to be trained up in front and down be
Of late years the foreign element has hind ? Who does not know that the become very pronounced, and the clothes more kaleidoscopic the assemblage of
the members of the element bring with colors on the band is the better?
them are more pronounced still. The jacket is worn eight sizes too
Who remembers having seen the imlarge and too long. The trousers flap pression of old Heidelberg left in the loosely about within a radius of three or four feet from the wearer; they are in
college yard by two very starchy and
correct German lieutenants, whose univariably turned up to reveal socks col
forms stuck out like Anthony's nose on ored to vie with the hatband.
the Hudson, to the mortification and The shoes are cut decollette and usually present the appearance of having been chagrin of all “college style
” champions ?
Those lieutenants took mightily in the made for the purpose of administering kicks. By some authorities, though, it is
eyes of the girls, who found the attracclaimed that this type of footwear is go
tion of the straps and buttons—in favor
of which their sex is said to be prejuing into a decline, and is soon to be succeeded by dancing pumps, which are
diced-enough to outweigh all the other fashioned with more grace and elegance,
sartorial considerations in sight. That and hence become the rest of the gear
means, in simple language, that the lieubetter. The dancing pumps have pretty style. It was an awful blow.
tenants put the kibosh on the college bows. They may be seen upon many tasteful young gentlemen this season.
Then followed the almond-eyed celes"College style" has successfully with- tials, the blandly urbane children of the stood the carping of crude untutored
extreme orient, courteous and winning, minds; and hostile criticism has failed to and clothed more like the lilies of the disturb the noiseless tenor of its way. It
field than even Solomon in all his glory. has been a law to itself; a hard law The yellow peril discounted college style which looks with severity upon all who again, until for awhile its stock was way do not conform with its dictates. One might as well be dead as out of college Just as soon as it began to pick up style in colleges.
some Englishmen came over and set it At least that is the self sufficient belief tottering. Only for the prevalent An
glomania in the university, the event when from Punjab come boots that turn might have proven calamitous.
up at the toes into pretty points; boots Harvard good form prescribes a mod- that run halfway up the legs? erate enthusiasm for English institu- Toll the bell; ring the knell, and let tions. It is noticeable that many fresh- the dying echoes answer that the bright men become infected with a broader ac- sun of college style must set at Harvard ! cent, supposed to conform with British We welcome these Hindoos; they repusage, after a short while in college. resent a learning supposed to be oldest, "Blawsted” and “jolly well” and “by a religion said to be the most complex, jove” mingle with their speech; on the and a social system with the most wellfootball field they give "three long Haw- defined aristocracy on earth. They pay vards and three times three for Haw- us a high compliment in coming; we vard,” the customary English, "tiger" find gratification and pleasure in the fact being omitted-perhaps out of courtesy that they are here. to Princeton.
But when Hindoos come over the Of late college style has been on threshold, college style flees out at the swiftly rising tide in Cambridge. Hats window. What is the college man to do? have been rising higher in front and Must he, in his turn, seek the old world sinking farther in the back, trousers with his extravagances of dress, to haunt have been rolling up farther and farther. the universities of the east? The dancing pump in which the fascinat- Ah, that is the one evident solution of ing college boy trips fastidiously over the the problem. If our home industries are campus already threatens, as previously protected, our college style surely should stated, to supersede the college shoe. be. It is certainly an infant industry.
And now-infamy of infamies !—come As it is not protected the indicated arAmar and Gopal Singh from India-two rangement that should exist is one of Hindoos—who are attracting more at- reciprocity. tention than all the other students com- Pack the American college style into bined! They wear a modified form of the American college grip, and let the their native costume, with turbans of old discomfited American college sport carry gold color, and both Amar and Gopal the whole thing abroad to gladden the have beards. Though the avowed pur- universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Vipose of these inoffensive strangers to enna, Cracow, Cologne, Goettingen, our shores is the search for further edu- Jena, Berlin, Bonn, Prague, Glasgow, cational light, their arrival will have a Edinburg, Dorpat, Kharkoff, Odessa, more far-reaching influence.
It is a Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Punjab, New death blow at a fashion which is already Zealand, Adelaide, Good Hope, Zagrab getting trite.
-anywhere, everywhere that a Christian Where does the college hat triumph soul can possess itself with content in over the old gold turban? Where the conspicuous clothes. He will be hailed college trousers, however they may bag, over there as the exception, and looked exceed the nether integuments with upon with the mild wonder that he feels which we have grown familiar in pic- is his right. tures of India? O, why should the spirit Besides, some of those colleges need of mortal be proud over dancing pumps,
Dr. Charles D. McIlver, president of had been president of this institution the State Normal and Industrial College since it was established, and was an eduof Greensboro, N. C., died on the train cator of national reputation. near Raleigh, on September 17th. He Dr. McIlver was born in Moore County, N. C., in 1860. He
was a State Normal University, died suddenly graduate of the University of North on September 7th, at Bloomington, Ill. Carolina. In 1886 he joined the faculty Professor Buell was fifty years old, and of the Peace Institute, at Raleigh. Dur- was one of the most prominent ethnoloing this time he conducted teachers' in- gists of the West. He was also widely stitutes in nearly every county of the known for his researches in natural hisState. He acted as superintendent of the tory. summer normal schools; was for a time president of the North Carolina Teach
Rev. Thomas J. Walsh, aged 28, proers' Assembly; was a member of the
fessor of mathematics and history in the executive Committee of the Teachers'
Cathedral College, Chicago, died on Assembly; was a member of the execu
September 2nd, at his home in Joliet, tive committee of the board of trustees
I11. He was appointed a member of the of the University of North Carolina, and
faculty of the college at its organization was chairman of the committee of the
a year ago. Rev. Walsh was educated Teachers' Assembly which secured in
at Baltimore, and took his degrees in 1891 the establishment of an annual ap
Rome, Italy. propriation for the North Carolina Normal and Industrial College, which he established in 1892, and of which he was
Colonel F. W. Blees, founder of Blees president at the time of his death.
Military Academy, Macon, Mo., was found dead in his room at St. Louis, on
September 7th. Colonel Blees was once Dr. Albert Hurd, the oldest college a German officer, who came to America professor and one of the best known
almost penniless and afterward inherited educators of the West, died September an estate worth several millions from his 2nd, at his home in Galesburg, Ill. Dr. family in Germany. Colonel Blees Hurd was born in Canada, but received
thought that every
every American youth his education in Middlebury, Vt., gradu- ought to have a military training, and ating in 1850. He then took a course in when he came into this inheritance, esScience under Professor Agassiz, com- tablished the military school which bears ing to Knox College in 1851. He occu
his name. pied the chair of chemistry and natural science, and since 1897 had been pro
Hon. Edward H. Dunn, president of fessor of Latin. At times when the college was without a president he served
the corporation and one of the founders
of Boston University, died September as acting chief.
4th, at his home in Boston. Mr. Dunn
was born in the South End of Boston in Robert S. Paden, a well-known writer
1826. He graduated at the Eliot School on mathematics and economics, died sud
at the age of thirteen, and spent one denly of heart disease, September 18th,
year in an academy at South Reading. at Glen, Mich. Mr. Paden was born at
Mr. Dunn was deeply interested in the Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1853.
cause of education, and in the formation
period of the Boston University project George P. Lord, President of the El- he gave his time and abilities to it, and gin Academy of Northwestern Univer- was then and afterward its generous sity, and Trustee of Beloit College, died benefactor. September 14th, at his home in Elgin, I11. President Lord was born at Leroy, John Torrey Morse, the oldest graduN. Y., in 1820.
ate of Harvard University, and sole sur
vivor of the class of 1832, died SeptemProfessor Buell B. Colton, a veteran ber 20th, at his home in Boston. Mr. member of the faculty of the Illinois Morse was ninety-three years of age.
The conference of educators, which composed of delegates from the several was held at Williamstown, Mass., early organizations participating in the Willthis month, on the invitation of the Na- iamstown conference, and also from the
tional Association New England College Entrance CertifiUniformity in En
of Universities, to cate Board. trance Requirements Is Recommended.
formulate a "plan The fourth recommendation to the as
for inter - relating sociations of the colleges and preparathe work of these respective organiza- tory schools of the Middle States and of tions, in establishing, preserving, and in- the Southern States, that each consider terpreting in common terms the stand- the desirability of organizing a college ards of admission to college, in order to certificating board or a commission for accommodate migrating students, and to accrediting schools. secure just understanding and adminis- The fifth declared that, in the judgtration of standards,' unanimously ment of the conference, it was extremely agreed to a series of resolutions.
important that all examinations for adThe substance of their findings is as mission to college, whether set by a follows:
board or by a college, should be either The first recommended to the various prepared or reviewed by persons who organizations that the colleges which ac- had experience as teachers in secondary cept certificates recognize the validity of schools. the certificates from all schools accredit- These resolutions will be reported to ed by the New England College En- the several organizations represented in trance Certificate Board, and schools ac- the conference, for their consideration credited by the North Central Associa- and approval. tion of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The following delegates, representing
The second approved the definitions the New England, the Middle States and standards established by the College and Maryland, the North Central, and Entrance Examination Board, and rec- the Southern Associations of Colleges ommended that the various associations and Preparatory Schools, and the Colof colleges and preparatory schools co- lege Entrance Examination Board, and operate with the board in formulating the National Association of State Uniand revising, when desirable, these defi- versities, were present: nitions.
Dr. William C. Collar, Roxbury, The third recommended that a perma- Mass.; Prof. Herman V. Ames, Uninent commission be established for the versity of Pennsylvania ; President Geo. purpose of considering from time to time E. MacLean, the State University of entrance requirements and matters of Iowa; Prof. Frederick W. Moore, mutual interest to colleges and prepara
Vanderbilt University; President Wilson tory schools. This commission is to be Farrand, Newark, N. J.; and President