To the ordinary young American very few names mean as much as does that of Lincoln. As the Civil War recedes further into the past, Lincoln is gradually rising in the estimation of the people, and the reverence which is felt for his memory is marked by the growing tendency to observe his birthday, as a date worthy of national commemoration. The special service, which is to be held in Appleton Chapel to mark the day, is then sure to appeal to the college.
We do not know that the University has ever attempted to honor the great president, but it is a custom well worth beginning. Lincoln was not a college graduate. Modern education can not claim him as its product. But it is nevertheless most fitting that the colleges should lead in the movement to show respect for him, because he possessed almost as natural traits many of the finest mental and moral qualities which America is nowadays trying to develop by means of her educational institutions.
The results of Lincoln's self-education, or lack of education, will long be the ideal of college bred men.