In the latest issue of the Alumni Bulletin there is published an article by J. B. Chevalier '08 on "The Place of Harvard in Foreign Trade." Mr. Chevalier has lived abroad since graduating from the University, chiefly in India and China, and is therefore in a good position to judge how great is the University's influence in foreign trade.
Mr. Chevalier believes-that it is of the utmost importance to young Americans to realize that this country cannot hold aloof from its share in the great questions of the world. In his opinion the best way in which to acquire this international idea is by travel and abode in foreign countries. There are too many Harvard men settled in Boston and New England; "should one toss a biscuit into the crowd on a Boston street, the chances are almost even that it will strike a Harvard man." All these men are not needed here and should not be concentrated in one particular place, for there are undoubtedly "other parts of the country or foreign countries crying for able and cultured men where the name of the University could be made to stand for devoted efforts."
In a comparison of the influence of the University abroad as compared with that of other colleges, Mr. Chevalier says "The writer has spent years in countries where there are millions and millions of human beings who never heard of Harvard. Visits to many countries give and the impression that there are more Yale and Cornell men abroad than Harvard men, and probably more Cornell men than Harvard and Yale men combined."
Finally, Mr. Chevalier urges the need of Americans abroad who really represent cultivated democracy and mention this as indicating an opportunity for graduates to refute the common criticism of the University, its lack of democracy. By being a man among men and giving a fearless service to the world in its foreign trade, the University graduates will be helping their country to win its place in the esteem and respect of the foreign trading world.