The project of starting a Harvard fund for the benefit of the Delphi excavations is highly commendable, and ought to appeal to every college man. The society which has negotiated for the privilege of excavating is in urgent need of funds to complete its purchase. If the requisite amount is not collected by June 1, the whole plan must be abandoned, and the valuable results of excavating will be lost to America.
The scheme appeals in every way to Harvard men. There is little doubt that if carried out it will enrich art by discoveries of statues, carvings, and inscriptions. It will greatly increase our knowledge of Grecian architecture and antiquities by giving us access to Delphi, perhaps the most promising site in Greece for this purpose. The excavations will be carried on under charge of the American school at Athens with which Harvard, more than any other college, is identified through Professor Goodwin, Professor Allen, Professor White, Professor Norton, and other founders and benefactors. Several other colleges have already contributed toward the fund, and Harvard's absence would be conspicuous. Harvard ought not to hesitate about subscribing, and subscribing more liberally than any other college. The burden upon any one man will be small. Only one dollar will be asked, and that need not be paid before June. If every student subscribes one dollar the Harvard fund will count up handsomely. Since the individual subscriptions will be small, every man ought to give his name readily to the canvassers and persuade his friends, both in college and outside, to follow his example. Harvard has always supported her athletic teams liberally. Here is an opportunity to show what she can do for the cause of culture and art.