The energy with which President Lowell goes about filling his summer "vacation is a phenomenon of the first order. Sport and business mix in equal proportion" is a phenomenon of the first order, sunny hours back-diving from his raft in Cotuit, and speeding ahead of motorcycle cops in his snappy green Buick phaeton (Lowell at the wheel of course). But this summer there was much hot labor moving out of The President's House. For days on end the founder of the Harvard House Plan could be seen carrying bridge-lamps, books, Old Masters, pots and pans out of the Yard like any callow Senior headed for a furniture exchange.
Before he took over the job of President ("by virtue of the authority delegated to me") 21 years ago, Dr. Lowell lived at 171 Marlborough Street. After a long residence in the wilds of Cambridge Province he has at last returned to the metropolis; to the same house, in fact. Through the best domestic intelligence we learn that every book, every bridge-lamp, every objet d'art and ash tray is in the exact same spot, facing the very same way as during the reign of President Eliot. Maybe this homecoming was in President Lowell's mind when, in 1909, he had large photographs made of every room and every corner. By means of these pictures, probably similar to those police use in reconstructing crimes, our president-emeritus, whose long rule was one of endless Change, has been able to obtain the desired museum-like effect.
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Is the new pretext for keeping Widener closed in the evenings the abolition of child-labor in the U.S.A.