The cast-off clothing which is being collected by a committee of students will be distributed to the poor of Boston through the medium of the Andover House. This institution is particularly well-fitted for the purpose; its work is being carried on at present by four young men, all of whom are college graduates, and two of whom were graduated from Harvard. These men live in the centre of one of the slum districts and make themselves acquainted with the poor in their neighborhood. They do this in no superficial or patronizing way, but by visiting the houses of the people, making common interests with them, and thus come to understand their needs and their merits. The clothing put into their hands is practically sure of finding its way into the hands of those who will make good use of it.
Last year the amount collected was large,- very large, in fact; and much good was done with it. The committee in charge hope that equal generosity will be shown by students this year. Their hope ought not to be disappointed; the appeal comes at a time when students have much such clothing of which they must make some disposal, and the paltry sums given by dealers can well be sacrificed. The money will not mean to the students a fraction of the benefit which the clothing will bring the poor.