The service in Appleton Chapel on Saturday morning in commemoration of Lincoln's birthday aroused sufficient interest to warrant its continuance as an annual custom. The attendance was considerably larger than on ordinary mornings in spite of the absence of many students during the mid-year period.
The service was opened by the choir singing "To Thee O Country," which was followed by the usual service conducted by Dr. George Harris of Andover. Dr. Harris also spoke a few words on Lincoln and read the closing lines of Lowell's Commemoration Ode.
President Eliot then made a short address on the life and character of Lincoln, pointing out several lessons to be learned from him by young men. His career warns us aginst a narrow acceptance of the word education. He had no education in the ordinary sense. He saturated himself with the Bible and Shakespeare, which gave him purity and power of language and sentiment, and his early training taught him application, perseverance, and courage. These qualities constituted his education.
The service closed with the singing of "America."