The notice that Professor Norton proposes after this year to relinquish his courses in the Department of Fine Arts, will cause general regret. Harvard will lose in two ways. For years her undergraduates have gained what is more important than Ancient and Mediaeval Art from his courses-an enlightened method of looking at the problems of life and an increased keenness of perception which could not be gained elsewhere, and which Professor Norton can impart so well.
Hardly less to be regretted than the fact that fewer men will fall under his influence is, that on Professor Norton's giving up such large courses many will lose the opportunity of entering into more or less personal relationship with him. That this has been a privilege generally coveted is in measure due to his popularity among the students, and to the whole-souled interest he has always manifested in their welfare. Beyond this popularity, however, it is due to his recognition throughout the country as a sincere and fearless critic in both art and literature, which inevitably reflects great credit on Harvard and enhances his value in the eyes of Harvard men.