In a recent issue of one of the daily papers of Boston, a prominent professor in the classical department of the university, published an appeal for money to support the American School at Athens. For years we have heard from all sides in answer to our re-current plea for various improvements in the college buildings, the cry of "no money." And "no money" it will doubtless be, until Gore Hall falls a mass of ruins upon the spot which it has failed to enlighten. We feel some-what like the friends of our religious home missions when told of the success of their brethren of the foreign missions. Yet when the abuses at present existing in the college, simply (so affirmed) because of a lack of funds to obviate them, are once brought before us, we cannot but wonder how the claims of a foreign school can be preferred to those of our own. Our library, from a lack of funds to light it, has proved to be the most annoying of all our privileges, nor can we succeed even for a moment in driving the fact home, that it is absolutely useless to a large minority of the students and a cause of infinite care to the rest. We might cite a dozen cases as worthy of notice where a few dollars carefully expended would eradicate abuses which have for a generation distinguished Harvard. Notwithstanding this condition of affairs, no notice is taken of them, but all friends of education and civilization are invited to send, even at a personal sacrifice, money to Athens to aid in the study of the Erectheum. Truly, learning has grown to gigantic proportions if its pursuit is allowed to overstep the most ordinary and evident bounds of common sense.
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