ERICKSON PINS HOPES FOR ALBANIAN GROWTH ON BETTER EDUCATION
HARVARD GRADUATE ASSISTANT IN WORK
Building up Albania's natural forces from within is the work of Dr. C. T. Erickson who will lecture in Phillips Broks House next Tuesday evening on "The Menace of Albania to World Peace, and its cure." In his work Dr. Erickson is assisted by B. J. Snyder '16, and is in the United States to enlist the sympathy and aid of Americans in his American School in Albania.
"It frequently happens," said Dr. Erickson to a CRIMSON reporter yesterday, "That an insignificant pawn becomes the deciding factor in the great chess game of nations; chess however is child's play compared to the complexities of Balkan politics. Because of her helplessness, her half-developed state, her strategic location, a blow at Albania shakes the entire body of Europe."
In seeking the practical solution to Albania's acute problem, Dr. Erickson recognizes two major needs; the first is for capital to be invested in her rich natural resources; the second is for education. To meet this second requirement Dr. Erickson has opened his American Agricultural School. The Albanian government supplied him with 1000 acres of land. It was confiscated, Dr. Erickson has been an exile with a price on his head; a few years later however he represented Albania at the peace conference.
"At present", added Dr. Erickson, "the school is thriving in spite of the great difficulties--earthquakes, torrential rains and lack of equipment--against which it has had to contend. Several buildings are now under construction, and the boys' dormitory, is already accupied."
"In my work, B. J. Snyder has been an invaluable help; he is more than making good. Snyder collected domestic animals from the vicinity of Boston, brought them over to the school and is breeding good stock there now."