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The memorial service at the First Parish Church tomorrow for President Eliot is a fitting tribute to him who was for a great part of his life one of its most active members. It brings up in emphatic manner the question, why has the University held no such service?
The CRIMSON of course presupposes that plans are being laid by the Administration for some gathering at which the undergraduates, the faculty, and the alumni may meet together for the common purpose of honoring the memory of Harvard's greatest President and America's greatest educational leader. The CRIMSON feels certain that all members past and present of the college and of the graduate schools, would wish to honor with fitting ceremony the man who more than any other has made the name of Harvard one to glory in.
But the months are slipping by and nothing has been done no word has come forth in answer to individual inquiries. Many of us expected to be greeted on our return to Cambridge in the fall with defined plans for such a memorial service. It is now December. His church pays tribute to him tomorrow. Next week the CRIMSON will issue its memorial edition, but this can in no way be considered as an expression of the undergraduate both as a whole. It is the CRIMSON's modest but sincere token of its deep respect and affection for the late President.
The present administration has built courageously and well upon the foundations laid by Dr. Eliot. It is therefore obvious that it appreciates the worth of that foundation and intends fittingly to commemorate the maker at a service in which all Harvard can participate. The CRIMSON feels most strongly however, that such a service has been postponed overlong and that at least a statement of the plans of the administration should on issued to still rising apprehension that Harvard as a corporate body has failed in a primary qualification of the educated gentleman appreciation of true greatness where such appreciation is so obviously due.
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