"Gentlemen of the Press"


For yesterday was the first time since he was inaugurated president of the university, more than a decade ago, that Dr. Lowell has consented to meet with and to talk to "the gentlemen of the press." It was long been agreed by metropolitan journalists that practically nothing is impossible to a crackerjack reporter-except interviewing President Lowell. Every once in a while some particularly energetic news gatherer, ordinary or extraordinary, has girded himself for battle, assumed an expression of dogged determination, announced to his confreres of the city room or feature staff that he was "gunning for Lowell," going to get that interview at last which had been denied so many for so long. But the assault has ever petered out without reaching its objective, and so when it was revealed that, in addition to the masters of the first two Houses and News Office Director Lamb, the president himself would receive the press representatives he has so diligently eluded throughout all the years of his administration, an expression of blank amazement crept over the faces of Boston's veteran newspaper men.

And when it was further revealed that the President would not only re-receive the visiting newspaper folk and tell them all about the new housing arrangement but that, he would, moreover, answer any questions which they might offer, in other words, that he would consent to be interviewed, it was conceded that a new day had dawned, in Harvard's relations with the newspapers and those who work for them. -Boston Transcript.