The opening of the gymnasium is at last definitely announced, though it is not to be until after the Christmas recess. We need not say that the unconcealed impatience with which members of the University have taken the continued delays in the construction has not lessened their appreciation of Mr. Hemenway's generosity. The need which he has met has been the most crying one which the University has felt within the past few years. Other needs have had a more important bearing on the life of Harvard as an institution of learning, but as a civilized community, none. That the demands of health and cleanliness can now be met with a fair degree of comfort and convenience is a privilege which, though it is generally taken as a matter of course, hard experience has taught us to appreciate and for which we are now heartily thankful.