THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EFFICIENCY.
In his enlightening talk yesterday evening, ex-President Roosevelt pointed out several of those rare men who can be said to practice true morality. The examples of Colonel Goethals and Mr. Root are inspiring to every young man who looks forward to an active and upright career. In these two men are combined the two qualities which make citizens most valuable to their country, "integrity and efficiency."
The inter-relation of these qualities is thus brought out by Mr. Roosevelt: "Of course, the more efficient a man is, the worse he is, if he is not absolutely upright. But he is of practically no use, that is, his morality is of no avail to the nation unless in addition to integrity he also possesses efficiency." This lays at the door of the men, gifted by nature or developed by training, who have that subtle power of accomplishing, the responsibility for doing the larger part of the good and the bad which is put into effect. By the fundamental theory of higher education, collegiate graduates are expected to form the most efficient element of society. Mr. Roosevelt has pointed out a very real responsibility which pertains to this class, and one which can be fulfilled only by adding to efficiency, integrity.