It is on this account that the college authorities have never attempted to keep any exact record of the attendance at chapel; on this account it is too, that the efforts to tabulate philanthropic and charitable work of students could not be successful, if it could be undertaken at all.
Yet it is not well to ignore the religious feeling which finds expression in the lives of many Harvard men. For outward evidence of it there are the various religious societies and the regular daily attendance at chapel. But these do not measure its full extent. A very valuable part of the charitable work in the College is done by men who have no connection with any of the religious societies. Their number is fortunately large. While the organization of philanthropic work is important, the most truly philanthropic work is that which appears in the individual's contribution of direct personal service. It is pleasing to know that this is not lacking at Harvard; to realize that the religious activity in the college is not dependent wholly upon the efforts of a few enthusiasts, but has a deeper foundation in the prominent religious tendencies of a considerable body of the students. Because this tendency works itself out in quiet, and escapes the notice of the unobservant, it is often assumed to be lacking, but the assumption does injustice to Harvard.