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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
stituoncy we assume to represent. The obliteration
of old disputed issues, and the radical change made
in our corps of professors since last term, promises a
brilliant and prosperous future for the University, if
mutual harmony and enthusiasm are allowed a chance
for existance, but we do not believe the "consumation
devoutly to be wished" will be hastened by an un
necessary alienation of three-fourths of the students
for whom the inssitution is organized and supported,
and for whose sake the state creates both Regents and
r " The proper relation of the societies to the Faculty
is that of co-workers and assistants, and so long as
the mutual friendly feeling, produced by such a rela
tion exists between them, the legitimate efforts of each
work to the best advantage possible; when friendship
changes to suspicion, the probabilities of cither's
prosperity are materially lessened.
ghr gtudent's ir;it!-lnwh,
FJtojr joirxs jiopktns.
A few words from one wlio has wandered
from liis Alma Mater may be interesting to your rend
ers, especially when those words are about a university
which is attracting so much attention as Johns Hopkins'
John Hopkins, the rounder of the university, was n wealthy
Baltimore merchant, who has reared a monument to his
memory which will not die so long as his trustees wisely
administer the immense fund lcit for higher education.
Thisifuiid of $3,500,000 is l.ot spent in costly buildings, but
in furnishing he best men as instructors, and in giving
its students Ibc most ample advantages that money will
procure. The aim of the Trustees and President is to
foui.d an American University, and thus give our young
men who desire higher educatioh an opportunity to acquire
it in their own country instead of being compelled to
go to Europe to secure it. Dr. Freeman, thcgrca'.Vnglish
historian gives his opinion of their success in the August
No. of tho Contemporary Roviuw. But with such names
as Dr. Gilderslecve at the head of the Greek doprtment,
Dr. "Warren of tho Latin, Dr. Sylvester of the Mathemat
ics, Dr. Rowland of Physics, Dr. Rcmson of the Chemistry,
Dr. Adams of the History, and all marshalled by such an
organizer as President Gihuan, how is a failure possi
ble? The character of the enrollment tho first day shows
that we have here a Univeristy, and not a College. The
President in his opening address gave us the following
figures: Enrolled, 180- graduated students, 104; the re
maining 82 were classed thus, 54 undergraduate students,
and 28 specials.
A graduate student enters hero without an examination,
yet he must satisfy eacli profossor that ho is prepared to
do the woik of his class. The examination for matricu
lation is said to bo very scvoro, and no mercy thown.
Graduate students have morcy at first, but none afterwards,
yet everything that a icncher can do for one is done.
A graduate student is supposed to know what he w.tiits
when he comes here, and is presumed to be prepared to
do special work, rather than to acqulro general Informa
lion. For example, ouo comes hero for Greek, and his
whole time is given to Greek; another, for History, and
his whole energy Ib bin I to u mastery of that subject.
Thus It will bo seen that the work la not parcelled out;
an hour to German, another hour to Latin, nml a third to
Mathematics, but tho student's wholo energy Is directed
to one subject. Greek, Physics, Biology and Chemistry
seem to have been the favorite subjects, yet History is
now coming to the front, having received an impulse from
tho lectures of tho great Engllsu Historians, Drs. Fro cm.au
and Bryce, who arc ably seconded by our Prof. Dr.
Adams. A word to any ono who thinks of coming here
jn tho future; which is, bo sure that you eau read both
French aud Geiman readily; the latter at least, for it is u
sine quit non in every department. The present buildings
are near tho heart of tho city, and in close connection
with the Peabody Institute, and tho Maryland Historical
society. But a description of these noble buildings, and
iheir fine libraries, the former of 75,000 and the latter of
G0.000 volumes would require too much space. Eacli ha
a largo art gallery with many casts of the Masters' works,
and number of marble statues. The buildings, as I have
said, of the Johns Hopkins arc not imposing, yet Ihey are
well arranged for this object. When the now Biological
building is finished, at least one block will bo given up to
its, the (University's) uso. Each department has its own
building and in that building may bo found its special
library, and all needful apparatus. Our department, the
Historical, has its building and its library, which is soon
tobu increased by the celebrated Dr. Blnnullschli's libra
ry, consiisting of 3,000 volumes, now at Huidleberjr, Ger
many. This is said to bo ono of the finest private libra
ries in Germany, and of course that means cf the world.
But this letter is already too long, and there arc so many
things to tell that I will have to put tho rest oil' till an
other time. If you want to work come here, and join our
ranks; a drone, however, will soon be stung out of the
hive. In another letter I shall try to describe tho plan of
scholarsnips, and fellowships adopted here.
"It is the sense of sight," says Mr. Addison, "which fur
nishes the imagination with its ideas." AVe cannot, in
deed, have a single imago in the fancy that did not make
its entrance through the sight. This limitation of the
province of the imagination to one particular class of con
ceptions Dugald Stewart, justly as it appears to us, consul
ers as altogether arbitrary. Is not the composition of the '
musician as much lite product of tho imagination as the
landscape of the painter? Such an hypothesis would de
ny the possession of the inuiriimlivu faculty to a blind
man; and yet one ot the finest organists in this country
is blind. In accordance with the same idea Dr. Rcid ob.
serves that imagination properly signifiiee a lively concep
tion of objects of sight. This attempt sajs Stewart to lim
it the province of the imagination to objects of sight has
plainly proceeded from a very important fact, that tho
mind has a greater facility and of consequence a greateij
delight in recalling tho perceptions of this sense than
thnt of any of the others, while at the same time, the vari
ety of qualities perceived by it is incomparably greater.
Imagination considered in its wholo province is a com
plex power. It includes that conception which furnishes
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