WITH THE RHODES SCHOLARS.
A recent issue of the London Times summarizes the report of the trustees of the Rhodes Scholarship Foundation. Together with the statement that the grade of scholarship as shown by Rhodes scholars is not brilliant, although sound, the most interesting portion is an analysis of the occupations to which the scholars have returned after leaving Oxford. Out of about 250 men who had left Oxford up to 1910, eighty-four have given themselves to educational work and sixty-six to law. Doubtless many of the latter group may enter public life, which Mr. Rhodes perhaps anticipated as a probable aim of his scholars. England's Indian, consular and colonial services have secured four, the American diplomatic and consular service two. Nineteen have undertaken religious work; eleven, medicine; nine, scientific work; eight, business; five, journalism; five, mining and engineering; three, agriculture; two, forestry. Of the German students, thirteen have entered the civil and three the diplomatic service of that country.
From the statistics it is evident that most of the scholars elect the literary and legal training for which Oxford is famous, rather than the scientific courses in which the English University is known to be less efficient. Again, we see that our Rhodes scholars tend decidedly towards the classics, while the German Rhodes scholars favor economics. Also the report says: "the process of selection does not reach the highest types of scholarship in either the (British) colonies, Germany or America." Mr. Rhodes did not intend to obtain primarily the best scholars and it is safe to say that results have proved the wisdom of his method of selection.