Professor Lowell was given an ovation at the beginning of his lecture in Government 1 yesterday, and made a short speech in which he emphasized the vital necessity of a sympathetic understanding between the President and the Faculty on the one hand and the student body on the other.
After the cheering had ceased Mr. Lowell expressed his grateful appreciation for the cordial greeting. The office to which he has been as yet only nominated he considers of the greatest importance in the development of the United States, for the welfare of the country is dependent on the character and efficiency of the young men, which are being moulded in our colleges. His concern for them is as much for their associations with each other in a high and ideal atmosphere as for the things which are taught and learned. Expressions of his opinions on various subjects in the newspapers he advises to be discredited as he does not believe the press is the proper means of conveying one's opinion on matters of policy.
Mr. Lowell took occasion to say the following concerning the proper relation between the students and the governing bodies:
"If we are going to carry on here the development of the University, and especially of the College, it is very essential that a close feeling of sympathy should exist between the College authorities and the students. We are all working for Harvard, and not only for the Harvard of the present but for the Harvard of the future. I feel this very seriously indeed. If I have taught you anything in this course, I have taught you that the institutions which men build up continue to bear influence long after the men who build them have passed away. We here are building up one of the greatest of institutions, and we must live here and work here in such a way that our descendants--our grandsons and great grandsons--will be better men for our having been in Harvard College.
"When I was a student here in College I had very definite opinions as to how some things should be conducted, which I thought were well worth listening to, though they never were listened to. I still believe those opinions were worth something. Now I hope you will feel free to make your opinions known for I believe in the undergraduate view of things. The interest of the student body is of the greatest importance to me. And I hope you will feel perfect confidence in me for we must work together in building up the noblest institution in our land."