An Englishman's View of Harvard's Anniversary Celebration. II.
In conclusion the article says: "The chief impression left on the spectator was the homeliness, the simplicity and the heartiness of the entire proceedings. There had been no thought of grandeur, no waste of time in elaborate preparations. The men of Harvard welcomed their guests and gave them of their best with abundant cordiality, but appealed to those who knew and esteemed it for its work's sake. It was clear that it did not appeal in vain and that it was strong in the affections of a vast body of its graduates, and in the kindly regard of its academic rivals. An Englishman might meditate on Mr. Lowell's eloquent tribute to the historic glories of Oxford and Cambridge, and think that Harvard was not without compensation for their absece. In England the alumni of the old Universities feel that they are immemorial institutions which need little help from them. The alumni of Harvard felt that the college belonged to themselves, had been enriched by the munificence of many who were present and looked to them all for the means of increasing her future usefulness."