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of a Junior or a Senior, to meet there a few members of his own class, as well as members of other classes. There he and his classmates are entertained by the older men, who often give them serious and sensible advice; and there they are made to feel that they are “taken into the team.” “Entertained,” I said, — not hazed, as of old; and though the decline and fall of hazing may cut off Freshmen from the instantaneous friendships of coöperative self-defence, few will regard it as a mark of degeneration. To at least one of these entertainments every Freshman is invited; for the large committee of Seniors and Juniors in charge assigns each Freshman to some one man. Freshmen are invited, also, by their class president to social evening meetings, for which purpose, since scarcely any room can hold them all, the class is sometimes divided into squads of fifty or sixty. Again, in the new Harvard Union, which, like so much else, the University owes to Mr. Henry L. Higginson, the newcomer finds countless opportunities of scraping acquaintance with his fel
Probably the sick student is better and more promptly cared for at Harvard than at any other university in the world. Here, as elsewhere, a taciturn and courageous person may bear much pain and disease without revealing his bodily state to a physician; but nowhere is such conduct less necessary and less excusable. Every student not well enough to attend College exercises need only send word to the Medical Visitor, who will come at once to his room and tell him what to do. If the case is simple, the Medical Visitor gives advice and, it may be, a prescription; if it requires prolonged medical attendance, he sends for any physician that the student may name. He himself keeps fixed office hours in the College Yard for consultation with such students as need him; nor does he receive pay for any part of his work as Medical Visitor beyond his salary from the University. The promptness and the devotion of this officer reduce to a minimum the danger of contagion from epidemics. For the care of the sick, the Stillman Infirmary has already a nearly perfect equipment; and the new ward for contagious diseases will make the Infirmary complete.
As to moral aid for the individual students, no one who is not inside of Harvard life can begin to know how many young fellows are aiding the weaker brethren to lead clean, sober, and honest lives; how much responsibility of all sorts the best students will take, not merely for their personal friends but for anybody that they can help. Some years ago a young man of strange and forbidding character was seen running round and round on a Cambridge sidewalk, imagining that he was Adam flying from temptation; and though ob
viously insane he was put into the station-house. The case was made known to a student who as a child had attended the same school. He had never known the sick man much, and had never known good of him; yet he got his release from the station-house, promising to be responsible for him through the night. With the aid of a fellow student he took into his own rooms the insane man, and gave him the bedroom. He himself with his friend sat up all night in the adjoining study. Into this study the madman would issue from time to time, making night hideous to the two watchers; but they did not lose patience. In the morning the student in charge secured a physician, assumed the responsibility of a guardian, drove with the sick man to the nearest asylum, advanced money (of which he was notoriously short) for necessary expenses, and then, exhausted, hastened to New York to meet his fellow members of the Hasty Pudding Club
(who had started, I believe, the night before) and appeared as a smiling star in the performance for which he had been so strangely prepared. No casual observer would have dreamed that in this apparently thoughtless person were the quick courage and devotion which made inevitable the acceptance of a revolting service for a youth who was almost an outcast.
The University is a little world with all the varied enthusiasms of athletic, intellectual, social, and moral life; and in spite of the temptation here as in other worlds, little or big, for men to break up into small and exclusive groups, the number of students who have with their fellows an acquaintance wide and varied is exceedingly large. Our wiser students recognize the truth of the late Lord Dundreary's famous proverb, “ Birds of a feather gather no moss," and act accordingly. Moreover there are few communities, if any, in which a man may