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Harvard in the Far West.

SAN FRANCISCO, October 18, 1890.


To the Editors of the Crimson:

The Harvard Club of San Francisco held its Seventeenth Annual Reunion at the Palace Hotel last evening. The Club is doing such gallant pioneer work for Harvard on the coast, that it deserves recognition in your columns.

The meeting was characterized by the utmost warmth and loyalty. The speeches were of the greatest interest. No one who heard the "Reminiscences of Louis Agassiz," by one who knew him so well, will forget the eloquent tribute paid to the great man's intellectual sincerity, to his generous devotion to his work, to his unflinching theism. "Why Harvard is better than Yale" was ably demonstrated by a Yale man.

Yet the chief interest of the meeting to me was centered in the President's report. The Club sustains two funds, a charity fund and a scholarship fund. The aim of the former is to rescue worthy Harvard graduates from financial emergency. For this fund, as the President happily remarked, there is little use, since but few Harvard graduates are at the same time worthy and penniless.

The scholarship fund makes possible for members of the Club a post-graduate course of study at Cambridge. It has already more than proven its raison d' etre. The present incumbent is doing particularly fine work in the graduate department.

The significance of this effort to send the best scholars of the coast to Cambridge, in the face of the jealousies of a State University, cannot be overlooked. The Harvard Club of San Francisco must be credited with a determined and a successful effort to advance Harvard's interests in the Far West.


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