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The pageant to be presented at the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Hollis Hall this afternoon should merit profound interest apart from its mere spectacular nature. It is distinctly something more than an entertainment. Indeed, its chief importance lies in entirely other directions.
In the first place, it is a unique problem in pageantry that the men working with Professor Baker have attempted. A pageant exclusively by men, of men, and primarily for men, it is a new venture in this line of histrionic work. There is a flavor peculiar to the traditions embodied in the pageant which it has been found possible to retain in this manner.
In a way, too, the tradition is no solely Hollis tradition which is presented, but belongs to us all. The generous old Sir Thomas Hollis, the martial "Washington Corps," the great nineteenth century figures--Thoreau and Summer and Emerson and the rest--these men belong to Harvard tradition not less than to Hollis lore. In the words of John Harvard's closing speech, "We feel ourselves a link in that entail which binds all natures past with all that are to be." That Hollis has a particularly rich history is an accident, perhaps, but the story is one that belongs to Harvard as a whole.
It is particularly gratifying that over a hundred men have found the time and energy necessary for the continued rehearsing of the past two weeks in the midst of examinations and the busy days of planning for Class Day. It is a fine earnest of the loyalty of the undergraduate to the best in Harvard history. And for Professor Baker's strenuous endeavors there is nought but the heartiest gratitude. As a result of his and his actors' efforts a notable chapter can now be added to the growing history of Harvard dramatics.
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