We confess to having used our scissors rather freely in making up the article entitled, "Philadelphia's Provincialism," which appears on another page. But the subject is so ably presented by the writer to the Nation that it had been folly for us to attempt to better it. Of course to college men the subject has interest chiefly because of its relations to college life and influence, for Philadelphia's provincialism seems to be attributed in a very large measure to the policy of the University of Pennsylvania, the chief educational institution in that district. The name "University" is made to appear to be grossly misapplied, and this misapplication to be due to the utter lack of any dormitory life. Surely no stronger argument can be advanced for the adoption of the dormitory system, and its extension to whatever limits circumstances and demand justify. The aim of the trustees of the University is said to be "to train boys up in the way the should go," and by that we suppose is meant to give them as much home life as possible, as little college life as possible. This interpretation of their aim makes us remark that they might almost have said "children," instead of "boys." At least the tender care that they would give to young men seems to be the sort of care that those young men have had, or should have had before they ever came to college. Very few of those, who have ever experienced dormitory life at college will not testify that such a life, while it benefits the university at large by bringing together students from a much wider area of country, has also benefitted themselves as individuals by affording them strong influences toward cosmopolitanism and away from the narrowness of provincialism, toward also a wholesome independence in life and ideas and away from the narrowness of home dependencies. The trustees of the University of Pennsylvania overlook the fact that the "man" entering college has lived at home long enough not to forget his home and its many charms and beneficial influences, and that he has reached a time of life when his nature, which is but his almost instinctive yearning for freer and broader living, demands something higher and stronger than home influences. The home, it is true, lays the best foundation, but the college makes the best building, and the man whose life is spent entirely at home or whose college life is characterized by a daily dependence on home, will find when he enters the still more serious paths of life, that he has an exceedingly small and unsubstantial dwelling to live in.
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