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The importance of thorough training of the students of our large colleges in economic branches cannot be overstated, and it will cause regret to many friends of Harvard to learn that in the rapid expansion and subdivision of studies which has taken place at that university since 1872, the ground covered in the department of political economy has remained practically unchanged. This is not as it should be, for Harvard, with the reputation which it has for originality and energy, should be the most active of all colleges in encouraging a comprehensive study of the vital topics of the day. Why heavy expense should be incurred in the encouragement of the study by a handful of men of Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic and the Zend, when the college is unable to support more than one professor in political science, is hard to explain, especially as the interest shown in political economy by the students is greater than that in any other one department. - [Advertiser.