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This term the University has its "boom"
if the Student may be allowed to employ
a phrase that is very popular among
newspapers at the present.
Not only is there a large increase in
numbers; but there is also manifested a
feeling of harmony, and a unity of action
between scholars and teachers that has
not existed for some mouths past. The
present is an auspicious moment in
which to drop all differences that have
heretofore existed; a favorable opportuni
ty for the friends of higher education to
unite and drown the cries of the pretend
ed reformer, and the groans of the chron
Reform is right in its place; but under
the name of reform, do not let us drive
out of existence the main stay of the Re.
public. For higher education and an
earnest study of the complicated anato
my of a highly civilized society will alone
preserve us from the loss of freedom, from
anarchy and dissolution. But the people,
it will be said, are the rulers in Ameri
ca and they cannot all take advantage of
this higher education provided at public
expense. Let us examine this objection
a moment. If higher education is not
made easy of access, and within the reacli
of all, it is simply given up entirely to the
rich, hence an aristocracy of wealth is
formed immediately. Even more; it will
at once place all power in the hands of the
monied class, since the educated intellect
has in every age of the world guided and
controlcd the affairs of men and of na
tions. But while the free University
stands with outstretched arms, eager to
encircle in its grasp the poor as well as
the rich, the people ever have adi
reel influence in the guidance of the
government. Not that the mass ot the
people have much to do with its direction
n they have representatives who have
come directly from among themselves,
and who are competent to perform all the
duties that may devolve upon them, and
also to resist all encroachments that
wealth may attempt to make upon their
rights. Free education, instead of creat
ing an aristocracy is the surest means
that can be taken to prevent its establish
ment. With the chronic grumbler, who
is ever ready to defame those that have
achieved more success than himself, and
who is always finding fault with wltat ex
ists at the present time, wo have no sym.
pathy whatever. But as long as they ex
ist, they will have to be met, and convert
ed if possible; if not, they will have to be
buried under a public sentiment so strong
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