It is one of the priceless privileges of the Harvard student always to feel the proud consciousness that he is an integral part of a great and peculiarly interesting show, to which all distinguished men travelling in this country feel themselves in duty bound to turn their attention and to carefully inspect. Scarcely a day passes but we are flattered with the information that the famous Mr. So-and-So, the netted scholar and author, or Mr. Blank, the world-renowned actor, has been visiting the college. It cannot be said, however, that the role of posing as a phenomenon is in any way a trying one, or that the appearance of these visitors ever succeeds in disturbing very much the calm flow of college life. Occasionally those will arrive whom it becomes a pleasure to honor if the means lie in our power, as would have been the case with the distinguished English critic who so recently was in Cambridge, had the opportunity been offered; and as did happen in the case of the French visitors last year. In this connection we would suggest that it would be a pleasing custom to establish, if, when such visitors are present, a reception might be offered them by some one of the societies or clubs of the college. If also graduates and professors could be invited to such receptions an excellent feature of college life would be added in thus strengthening the social and friendly relations between graduates and present students.
It would be a superfluous fear to suppose that any undue vanity is likely to be cultivated in the undergraduate body by the publicity to which they are yearly becoming more and more exposed form these visits. Such vanity of course could not be an individual but a collective vanity, and from the nature of things that is not likely to arise. Besides it cannot but be felt, not oppressively, but modestly, that the students themselves are by far the least interesting of the features of this university. Buildings and apparatus on the one hand and the distinguished men who belong to the teaching body on the other must draw the interest of most observers far more than anything else. Besides, do we not feel that every year as students we are more and more losing the distinctive traits of former times? No longer do many of the more famous old college words and customs survive. Hazing has gone long ago. Now under our very eyes we see determined attempts made to root out the older forms of athletics. Even Harvard indifference is no longer talked of. Very soon we may look to see the "typical" Harvard student, no longer typical, a plain ordinary youth, of passive tendencies and no interests but those most strictly proper in a cosmopolitan and general sense. What points of interest can he then present to the inquiring visitor.