The generous bequest to the University which is now announced is appreciated by all those connected with Harvard. Our art department has long been of high standing in point of learning, but we have suffered greatly for want of a plover museum and appropriate works of art. Professor Norton has devoted many articles to a description of the needs of the University in this direction, and the present gift is due to him in great measure.
We sincerely hope that in the erection of this building the foremost thought will be to follow out those ideas in which Harvard students of art have for years been drilled. The words of the will, ornamental and appropriate," describing the museum, ought always to be borne in mind, to the end that at least we may have a building connected with the college to which, as a pleasing specimen of architecture, we may be referred. The buildings of our college yard have been severely criticised by able artists, but we hope that this new museum may be beautiful enough to serve as a model for future architectural thought.