We are glad to publish this morning an extract from an article written concerning Harvard by Mr. Hurlbut. The writer treats the subject of Harvard indifference in its broader sense admirably. In a clear, strong, convincing manner he shows how false is the popular opinion that Harvard men stand off from their fellows and are unwilling to enter heartily into the plans and interests of others. Harvard men can never be justly accused of snobbishness. As Mr. Hurlbut says, nowhere is there a more democratic community than this University. Individual worth probably counts for more at Harvard than at any university in the country. A man who comes to Harvard is subjected to a severe test, but if he proves true to himself and an earnest worker, he is immensely respected, and his influence among his fellows is great. The best men, the men who will afterwards become the best citizens, are not those who tell the world of everything they do and everything they think. Harvard men do not wear their hearts upon their sleeves, but are they therefore to be called less earnest or sincere than the men who have no reserve, to whom nothing is sacred?
The work that Harvard students are doing every day to help their less fortunate fellows is vividly told by Mr. Hurlbut. We hope the article will be widely read in the world outside. It would go far to put an end to the utterly false and unjust criticisms that have been made against our University in recent years.