It affords but little consolation to the Harvard student who grieves over the present system of compulsory chapel attendance in vogue at this college, to think that the students at other colleges in general are worse situated in this respect than we ourselves are. It is but a melancholy satisfaction at best to contemplate the case of the Williams student, regularly driven to two chapel services a day - morning and evening - or of those others who have to hurry, winter and summer, at 7 o'clock or earlier every morning to the cold precincts of the college chapel. Nevertheless these comparisons are interesting as affording a view of what in a certain sense may be called a "survival" of Puritan New England.
It is noticeable that in the West the exercises and requirements of this sort are generally made of little or no importance in the practical work of the colleges. The University of Michigan offers no systematic religious training whatever, and much less compels any one to conform to any requirements for attendance at religious exercises. At Cornell we believe the same is true. It is a curious fact that these are the two most prominent examples of university co-education in this country. It may be that the fact is significant and that here may be found a cogent argument either for or against the introduction of co-education at Harvard and Columbia.
As to the recent discussion in the Nation, carried on also to some extent in the outside press, it cannot be said that on either side it was particularly edifying. The question at issue seems hardly to have been touched upon at all with much seriousness. Indiscreetness, painful bad taste and ill-disguised intolerance would seem to have been the chief characteristies of the several articles discussing the question. Of the amenity and sweet reasonableness, such as we should hope to see in such a debate, there was apparently none. In view of this it can hardly be said that further discussion at present seems profitable. How many years, however, must pass before the public will have reached a proper frame of mind for reasonable consideration of the matter, it is sad to conjecture.