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The debate originating in Mr. Adams' Phi Beta Kappa oration has steadily grown in vigor until now it has enrolled on either side the leading thinkers of the country. It seems to us that there is danger that in the heat of the discussion its true bearings should be lost to sight, and that in the minds of many there should rise the idea that college education and the value thereof was in some way called into question. However hot the debate may be, whatever arguments may be advanced, whichever side may eventually triumph, the great question of the advantages of a collegiate education remains entirely without the province of the debate. Our four great universities, with their many departments and multifarious courses of study, offer a field where each one can settle for himself the pros and cons of the Adams controversy and lay out his course accordingly. To Harvard, Mr. Adams' alma mater, with its complicated elective system, his strictures are least of all applicable today.

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