THE ROAD TO OXFORD
It is not only a personal honor but an honor to the University that John Livingston Lowes has been appointed to be the first incumbent of the George Eastman Visiting Professorship at Oxford.
Professor Lowes has made a very definite impression not only as a scholar but as a personality. His most not able achievements, of course, have been in his research. But both in his books and o the lecturing platform he has demonstrated that if he digs deep for erudition he brings out the interest of his subject without the dust that has settled on his remote sources.
The George Eastman Chair should prove, however, more important than any one of its incumbents. It is in line with the present movement among universities here and oversees to exchange the services of their best talent. Harvard is enjoying now not only the eminent ability of the Professor of Poetry at Oxford, but also that of visiting lecturers from France and Germany.
The practice of exchanging professors necessarily involves some sacrifice. Those who are looking forward next year to sitting under Professor Lowes will undoubtedly feel a sense of deprivation. But for that loss, not only the new experience which ancient Oxford is to enjoy, but also the advantage of welcoming new personalities here in future years, will be ample compensation.