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Scholarly work of necessity is done unobtrusively. Long hours of patient thumbing of volumes, searchings in obscure manuscripts for essential facts, do not contribute to stimulating applause or wide recognition. Yet it is just such labor which leads to valuable discoveries and important additions to knowledge. Upon arduous hours of research is built the present fabric of mental civilization.
By such methods has Professor Kuno Francke earned high reputation in the Germanic field. Largely through his efforts has the German department at Harvard been held to an exacting standard.
The recognition accorded Professor Francke by his fellow-scholars is appropriately through the medium of gifts to the Germanic Museum. By aiding the development of a man's life interest gratitude may well be expressed. And Professor Francke's services indeed deserve the commendation awarded them. In his seventy-first year, he may look back on scholarly work well done.
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