To a great many people Major Henry Lee Higginson's retirement as the patron of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will seem to be something very near a tragedy. It will seem so not merely because this public-spirited American, a veteran of the Civil War, a discriminating lover of music, and a wise user of wealth, ceases to be the chief supporter of the great orchestra he founded 37 years ago, but because his retirement comes at a time when he has been associated with the defence of the orchestra's conductor, Karl Muck, who has been arrested and interned as a dangerous alien enemy.
It will be hard for people to dissociate Major Higginson from this episode. It is most unfortunate, for there have been few men in America whose patriotism, whose virile modesty, has been so exemplary. At Harvard his name will be always associated with Soldiers Field, the University's athletic ground, and with the Harvard Union, the University's great democratic club and centre of college activities. -The Outlook.