Harvard Graduates.

An article was published not long ago in the Boston Saturday Evening Gazette on Harvard graduates the purpose of which was to show what became of the graduates on leaving college. As soon as the man is graduated and enters upon the duties of the world he finds himself no higher than the rest of mankind. He has a fair knowledge of the languages, is not unacquainted with philosophy and political economy, but for practical affairs of business or professional life he finds himself quite in the same position as the man without college training. If he devotes himself to law or medicine he is buried in his studies for four or five years; if to business he must as a general rule begin at the beginning as office boy; if to journalism he soon finds himself beginning with the bottom round. This "beginning of life" as it may be called is very disheartening to the man who has considered that his knowledge of finance and political economy fits him for no inferior position in business, or that his study of English has prepared him for the editorial staff. His knowledge and study have given him training but its usefulness will appear later. His position after graduation is much different than before; he was once prominent in athletics and college clubs but now his name is only one in ten thousand.

During the latter part of the senior year, circulars are sent out by the secretary requesting answers to twenty-five or more questions, and also a "class life" that the class may have full and reliable information concerning each member. These reports from time to time furnish important information in future years. The statistics which follow furnish information which is quite at variance with the general notion. The following is a table of the religious creeds beginning with the class of '85:

Class of '85 '86 '87 '88 '89

Agnostic. 12 5 2 4 1

Atheist. 0 0 2 0 0


Baptist. 6 8 3 8 8

Catholic. 4 5 4 6 2

Christian. 0 2 4 0 2

Congregationalist. 29 17 27 27 22

Deist. 0 0 0 0 0

Dutch Reformed. 0 0 1 1 1

Episcopalian. 41 47 33 61 37

Jewish. 0 0 0 3 1

Liberal. 2 26 18 1 1

Methodist. 8 3 5 3 5