The will of James Loeb, New York banker and philanthropist, granting to Harvard University a fund of $500,000, with the income for the purpose of increasing the salaries of tutors and assistants in the department of Classics, marks an important advance in the art of making bequests. Instead of subsidizing research on some obscure problems, the Loeb will gives monetary encouragement to the inspiration of the tutors and section men, these who necessarily have the closest contacts with the students. It provides a vital link in the chain of education.
For the twenty tutors and assistants in the field of Classical Studies, the bequest will probably mean an increase of about $1,000 in their annual salaries. For the University it will mean that the services of men who might otherwise accept professorships at smaller universities can be retained.
It is gratifying to see public-spirited alumni and patrons of education leave bequests to encourage further study on the part of brilliant scholars and instructors. But it would be even better if the University set aside a special fund to grant higher salaries to tutors and assistants, to the men who are directly responsible for instilling in the students the desire for learning that is the goal of a college education.