OF all public holidays in the year none deserves fuller recognition than Memorial Day. Americans have too little national feeling; and the custom of decorating the graves of those who died for us in the terrible struggle two decades since is well worthy of perpetuation. In that conflict with an arrogant and iniquitous South, our own College played no insignificant part. Never did young men go forth more willingly at the call of patriotism than at that time and in that crisis of the nation's fate; and Harvard was not among the last to sustain and strengthen the martyred President of our Republic at his post of danger. It is therefore all the more surprising that last Monday should have passed by with no proper recognition by the College authorities; and we pause to ask if this implied neglect of public and patriotic duties be a wise and judicious thing. In the transept of Memorial Hall are the tablets which bear the names of Harvard's sons who fell in that bloody warfare for liberty and righteousness; they were placed there because Harvard justly desired to do her heroes the honor, however slight, of transmitting the memory of their heroism to future generations. Has she shown the proper spirit on the day when of all others some fitting token should be placed upon these tablets? Has she no time to pause a moment to offer up a few flowers at the shrine of their martyrdom, a few brief words of consecration within those hallowed walls?
It is a strange lesson which her silence teaches the young men of to-day. Let us hope that a year hence the day may not be allowed to pass by without some grateful recognition of Harvard's honored dead.