COMMENT

"Indifference" Again

The sprit of "Indifference," as a characteristic of a certain university not a thousand miles from Boston, has lately been rebuked for the thousandth time--and also, as we notice with curious interest has been apologized for, one might almost say gloried in by Arthur Train '96, in the CRIMSON. That a man who has been a quarter of a century out of college, and consequently has had plenty of time to get, over his fine Class Day arrogance should be able at least to hint that there is a good element in the thing called "Harvard Indifference" is surely remarkable. Mr. Train does not say so, but one may wonder whether he does think that "indifference" is after all one of the attractions of the well-known university, to men who come from beyond the limits of New England to attend it Mr. Train himself rather idealizes maintained for generations, argue in its possessor? Does it not to the ordinary mind tell a tale of superiority? A more upstart may affect indifference, but can he "get away with if:? What is the fine outward air of indifference (we are still looking at the matter from the point of view of the ordinary observer) but a proof of aristocracy either of descent or of mind? If a college education is worth the salt that the graduate has eaten in getting it, it has taught him to be himself, and not to ape somebody else. The in different man who goes out on the common ways of life, saying to himself "Go to, I will not be in different," is likely to make an as of himself. "To thine own self be true," indifference and all provided, of course, the sentiment or the appearance is genuine. The opposite of indifference is vivacity, susceptibility, enthusiasm. Alluring qualities. But what a jackanapes is he who merely affects them. At least the honesty of policy or habit which lets indifference stand when it is the stamp that has somehow been put upon the man, is, after all a recommendation in a college. Boston Transcript