A record crowd turned out yesterday noon to hear Dean Roscoe Pound of the Law School deliver the second of a series of Sunday lectures for the first year law men on topics dealing with the relationship of "Religion and the Law".
The meeting was originally scheduled for 12.10 o'clock in the Parish House of the First Parish Church, Cambridge, but by 12 the room had become so crowded, that it was necessary to shift the whole meeting into the main church building, where the regular Sunday service had just come to an end. Speaking from the high church pulpit, Dean Pound addressed a crowd of over 600, made up for the most part of law school students, but also containing many women and older men.
Allude to Pound's Election
During the course of the meeting, several allusions were made to Dean Pound's recent election to the presidency of the University of Wisconsin, a position which he has, as yet, failed definitely to accept.
In introducing Dean Pound, Edward F. McClennan, chairman of the Standing Committee of the First Parish Church, said, "All over the country for days past, whenever students or graduates of the Harvard Law School have encountered one another, their one word has been, 'I hope Dean Pound isn't going!'"
Dean Pound made no definite statement as to his plans for the future, but laughingly ascribed the large size of his audience to the prevailing belief that this meeting would be one of his "Last appearances in public."
To Confer With Callahan
At the close of his speech Dean Pound stated that he had that morning received a telegram from the University of Wisconsin informing him that John Callahan, head of the Wisconsin State Board of Education, was arriving in Boston on Sunday afternoon for a final conference on the subject of his appointment at the Western university. Dean Pound intimated that he might be able to announce his final decision following the interview.
The subject of the lecture yesterday afternoon was "Religion in Legal History," and in the course of his speech, Dean Pound traced the varying influence of religions of various periods of history on the legal manners or practices of the times, and ended by expressing his belief that the time would come when men would obey the Law of the land, "not because they must, but because they ought."