No courses of this college show so distinctly as the courses in History the line which study at the university is coming to assume. The American youth is essentially a self-respecting animal, and feels himself possessed not only of the inherited talents of his grandfather, but also of the newly discovered wisdom of the present. Twenty-five or fifty years ago when History or Political Economy were but accessories to an intellectual development which owed nothing to them, the average college professor and the newly packeted, stamped, and delivered A. B. felt a high-born disdain for a study like History. To them a study which had occupied no place in their education was of but small value in the education of others. Today the verdant youth who has not learned better finds that his delay has cost him a seat on the crowded benches in History 25. On rushing from the empty rooms of other departments of study, the sophomore of today is only by cunning and force enabled to wedge himself into a window in History 30. The explanation of this condition of affairs is very evident. The last campaign explains it. The mugwump element in education is abroad, and it means to stay abroad until Greek 99 has learned its place and Latin 40 will acknowledge its existence. The cry for utility is slowly enlarging into something more than the call of an infant "crying for light." And it purposes to have the light.
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