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At this time of our college career-just at the semis-when we are accustomed to take a rather gloomy view of life in general and examinations in particular, and to draw comparisons between ourselves and the students of more favored institutions of learning, both here and in other countries, it is particularly gratifying to be able to point out some peculiarities in which we have a decided advantage over the students of many European colleges. But recently we heard of the arrest of many Russian students for implication in Nihilis plots. This, however, is no new occurrence. For years the universities and higher colleges of Russia have been infected with spirit of disloyalty towards the government, which has often been the cause of collisions with the local authorities and in some cases in exile to Siberia.

But this is not the only example which may be cited of the misfortunes which often attend a university education abroad. In Germany the barbarous practice of dueling which is so common there, is said to be encouraged or at least passed over in silence by the authorities, as it tends to divert the minds of the students from a too eager interest in politics, for it is a well known fact that the German universities have a strong tendency towards republicanism which if allowed to grow would soon assume formidable proportions. We can, therefore, congratulate ourselves that in some respects at least we have a decided advantage over our less fortunate fellow-students across the water, in the attitude of our students towards politics and in the settled and enlightened form of our government.

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