The following extracts are taken from speeches by President Hadley and a Yale graduate during President Hadley's recent tour in the West:
President Hadley: "With regard to the Yale spirit at the present time, I can say from my heart that it is a thing of inspiration. Never has it been more fully manifest in students, in the faculty, in the administration, and in the graduates. The work of the athletic season, during the past six months, has not been anything to boast of outside; it has been a thing on which inside among ourselves we may congratulate ourselves for. Beginning in the autumn with discouraging prospects, Captain McBride and his men have worked faithfully and the college has supported them. Never has so large a number of men been in training, not only for the university, but for the various fall teams playing with one another. Never has the ideal college sport, as the outcome and fruition of play at home, been so fully realized. Never has a college been more loyal to its teams in adversity. Never has a team physically weaker more distinguished itself than in tieing Harvard, and never has heart-breaking defeat like that inflicted by Princeton been endured with more silent dignity.
A graduate: "It depends upon the West whether Yale shall become the primate of colleges in this country. The West should give it its young blood and brawn, and we should begin to send a constant stream of promising young men Yale ward. The very democratic character of Yale has made it the institution that appeals to the West. It has somehow from its beginnings given out a spirit that is consonant with the feelings and aspirations and admiration of the West, and therefore Yale is, of all colleges today, the idol of the West. I see a significance beyond this hospitable entertainment of the president here tonight. It is the first time that Yale has thrown off her conservatism and gone out in the person of her first officer among her alumni and her faithful adherents, and it is well and wise that she should begin to do so. She has had an example set her by the President of Harvard University, who has paid repeated visits to the West to endeavor to gain in the favor of the West the prestige of Yale as it stands today."
President Hadley: "You have preferred, sir, to the work of Yale in the establishment of other colleges; you have referred in particular to the work of those that we know in founding universities in this part of the country. I believe that, with proper movements within us, the time will come when Yale, instead of seeing in other colleges rivals, will be the head of a great movement in which the growth of every other college will help the growth of Yale and in which our relations to colleges and schools alike will be such that we can be leaders in the education of the country in a sense which would be impossible if we pursued a policy of educational isolation and confined our work to our own domains and our own students."