A group of noted Englishmen, headed by Mr. John Galsworthy and Mr. Maurice Hatton will assist the American Academy of Arts and Letters in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of James Russell Lowell '38. The celebration will commence on the evening of February 19 with a reception at the home of President Nicholas Murray Butler of Columbia University.
On the following evening The Hon, Elihu Root LL.D. '07 will preside at a dinner at the Ritz Carlton, at which Mr. Galsworthy and Mr. Maurice Hatton will speak. On Friday evening the party will attend a special performance by Mr. Gillette of "Dear Brutus". Professor Barrett Wendell '77, Mr. Brander Matthews and Mr. Edgar Lee Masters will give short addresses at the final luncheon at the Ritz the following day when Alfred Noyes will read one of his more recent poems.
Besides the delegation from England a large number of men of letters will be present from Canada. Among them are Mr. Stephen Leacock, the humorist, Mr. Duncan Campbell Scott, the poet, and Sir Robert Alexander Falconer, President of the University of Toronto. The meeting is intended both as a memorial of the birth of James Russell Lowell, and as a celebration of the realization of his hopes for the Anglo-American entente cordiale.
Although the plans for the celebration at Cambridge do not include the names of any of these men, W. R. Thayer '81, who is in charge of the celebration here, announced that Percy MacKaye '97 will read a poem written for the occasion; President Eliot, and Professor Bliss Perry will give addresses and Professor Copeland will read. Mr. Thayer is to give the introductory address. The ceremony will take place at Sanders Theatre on the evening of Feb. 22, at 8 o'clock.
In addition to the exercises the committee of the Society has arranged to have Lowell's home "Elmwood" open to visitors on the day of the celebration. It also offers three prizes for the best essays on Lowell as a patriotic citizen, to be written by children in the Cambridge public schools.