In the presence tonight of Mr. Kreisler, the University is honored by a musician of world-wide distinction; and through him the University possesses an opportunity of expressing its appreciation of art, regardless of the nationality of the artist. If it is a crime to have been born in Austria-Hungary, Mr. Kreisler is undoubtedly guilty. But the vast majority of undergraduates do not believe it to be a crime. Hysteria may be regarded as inevitable, and even as pardonable, in time of war; in time of peace it usually succeeds only in making itself ridioulous.
In extending its welcome to Mr. Kreisler, the Harvard Glee Club has acted in a manner which will commend itself to all sensible people. In accepting the offer of the Glee Club, Mr. Kreisler is conferring on them a high honor and is justifying them in their new policy of rendering higher class music.