Colonel Scott, who lectures this evening in the Union, has spent more than thirty years in the regular army. He knows West Point from his life there as cadet and superintendent, but he is also thoroughly acquainted with the American army from service in this country and in the insular territories. He is a student as well as a soldier, and his books on Indian life and languages are valuable contributions to native anthropological knowledge.

West Point is unique among the higher educational institutions of the country as one in which the elective system has had little influence. In a little more than a century the Military Academy has sent out nearly five thousand graduates, trained in its strict curriculum, who have held and now hold places of trust and responsibility in official and in civil life. No college can show an equal number of alumni with better average records for public service. It is the West Point that trains men not only in engineering and in military science, but also in discipline and the proper discharge of responsibility, that will be described tonight.

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