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To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
We are so surfeited with lectures in Cambridge that a habit of indifference is begotten towards them, and pearls get cast before overfed creatures who take no notice of their preciousness. Some of the free lectures and courses given here should properly be reckoned by students among the privileges of a lifetime--but they are not. There ought, for example, to be two or three hundred more students at M. Rene Millet's lectures than appear there. The title of the course, and the analysis of its sub-divisions, sound, it is true, a little learned, and may have given the impression that the lecturer appeals only to specialists in history and politics. The French language is also a barrier. But how are we ever going to learn French unless by listening and trying to understand it? And the course, so far from being especially for students in history, has so far revealed itself as just the reverse. M. Millet is primarily a man of living affairs, and his talent for bringing out the human essence involved in complex situations is incomparable. For vivacity, naturalness, and "go," he seems to me the most gifted lecturer we have had here in many a long year, and his audience listens as if spellbound.
May I express a hope that many more of our students will realize the value of this rare opportunity. WILLIAM JAMES.