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A bad tutor handicaps an undergraduate suffering piano, or an old song. Each just as a bad pupil handicaps a tutor. The year the club arranges a Thanksgiving best Oxford tutors are men whom it is a service, which is conducted by some Amerreal privilege to know and work with. ican minister. In the evening comes a They are full of quiet but contagious en- banquet followed by speeches. This last thusiasm and eager to impart their inter- Thanksgiving two of the Americans' greatests to the sincere student. Under the est friends, Sir James Murray and ProOxford system the student who is gradu- fessor Walter Raleigh, were the English ate with a high rank has a real mastery guests and speakers at the banquet. When of his subject, but more important still, he Colonel Roosevelt came to Oxford to lechas a mind capable of thinking for itself. ture he was the guest of the club at lunch
Into this varied and charming life of Ox- eon. On alternate years the Colonial Club ford more than a hundred Americans are and the American Club entertain each privileged to enter each year. Most of other at an informal reception. The purthese are Rhodes Scholars, but there are pose of the American Club, in brief, is to always others, both men and women. I increase the interests of Americans at Oxam not unaware of several violent arraign- ford, especially in affairs concerning their ments of Rhodes Scholars which have
own country. lately appeared in the newspapers. These From the American students' point of attacks have just enough truth to make view one of the attractions in going to them deceptive. Incidents are cited in Oxford is the opportunity afforded for which Rhodes Scholars have failed to per- travel. During the six weeks' vacation at form their trust; but the evil of these arti- Christmas and again at Easter, and the cles is that they present such events as if three months in summer, the Americans they were of constant occurrence. The scatter wherever their inclinations and result is that while the incidents may
be purses will permit. You will find them true individually, yet when they are thus in big cities and little villages, in Scotland, grouped together the reader who does not in Turkey, in Spain-anywhere. You will know the other side of the picture obtains meet a familiar figure on the snowy peak a totally false impression. It is not to be of a Swiss mountain or in the Roman expected that all the American Rhodes Forum; for the American at Oxford is Scholars should be successful. But taking not less fond of travel than other Amerthem as a whole, I believe it would be icans, and often some of his pleasantest difficult to find among a body of equal memories are of vacations spent with size so many efficient, observant, and in- friends in many a strange part of the teresting men. Many of them play promi- world. nent parts in the interests of the univer- But not all vacations are spent in travel. sity.. Last year an American for the According to the Oxford system much of first time played on the 'Varsity Rugby a man's work must be done in vacation, team, and another was president of the So groups of men depart with boxes of O. U. A. A. (which is the office corre- books to some pleasant place in the counsponding to an American track-team cap- try in England, or perhaps France, or taincy). Others were active in debating Germany, to work and enjoy themselves at the Union. Also the famous Vinerian in company. Others will go to London Law Fellowship was won by an American. or Paris to work in the libraries there.
But all the elements of success are not to Sometimes a man does his only serious be judged by the outward signs. You work on one of these reading-parties. I must know the Rhodes Scholar (like any remember a man in Oxford who, as his other man) before you can express an
examinations approached and he found opinion about him.
failure staring him in the face, persuaded The American Club is a place for the his college to let him retire from Oxford dissemination of American news. Here to the country during term time in order debates on American affairs are held on that he might be quiet and study. Saturday evenings. Nor is the lighter side Every Sunday afternoon in Oxford term of lite neglected; for a serious evening time you may see undergraduates hastenoften breaks up with ragtime on the long- ing toward North Oxford, where lies the chief residential portion of the city. Here Oxford is old-fashioned in the finest kindly hostesses dispense hospitality and sense of that word. Tradition and custhe customary cup of tea to their friends tom are everywhere. The university is and acquaintances. Here are delightful conservative to the core. Masses of dead gardens bright with flowers and shady rules remain on the books, but despite this lawns dotted with shrubbery. In the win- the university continues to turn out good ter you will be received by the fire, but in men, and that is its primary object. Each summer you may find the household gods college has its own special traditions and temporarily set up in the garden. Often customs. At Magdalen College one of you will meet interesting people of all the most beautiful customs comes at dawn kinds, not the least interesting of whom is on May-day when the college choir sings the Oxford professor himself.
1 The Rhodes Scholars number about ninety.
a Latin hymn on top of the bell tower. Many Americans at Oxford will not Almost every day in the calendar has its easily forget the warm welcome that al- special associations, and past and present ways awaited them in a certain large fam- events are so pleasantly commingled in ily where learning and playing were so one's mind that time comes to have a new inextricably confused that each profited by and richer significance. One of the pleasthe other; nor the kind American lady antest things about my sojourn at Oxford whose small parlor was continually full of is that many of the happiest memories are callers and who stood always ready to play of days in the ordinary routine of life, in mother to any American who wanted her. the college quadrangle, or the lecture Aside from the residents of Oxford there halls, or over a friend's fire of a wintry are often American teachers and visitors evening. After all, it is the true test of a working in the great libraries or merely place if it can charm in those hours when spending a few months of leisure in the the current of life flows so evenly that the fascinating city. The college authorities unobservant are fain to call it monototoo are most hospitable. You may break bread with many of them before your The United States is a distinct nation, course is ended. Nor must I 'forget the but its relation with Great Britain is as kindly president of a certain college who vital as ever it was. And in nothing is was himself an oarsman as well as a scholar this relationship more vital than in matin his undergraduate days, and who never ters of intellect. The American universipasses by the achievement of any member ties are especially adapted to the needs of of his college without a written or, at American undergraduates and it would be least, spoken word of approval.
a misfortune for a man to miss his opporSuch, in brief, is the situation in which tunities there. But to the graduate of an the American student at Oxford finds him- American college, a man who has some self. He has the inestimable privilege of knowledge of American ideals, Oxford being at one of the world centers of learn- offers innumerable benefits. It is an ening and culture. Surrounded by antiquity, lightening and inspiring experience to he treads on historic ground at every step, dwell within the walls of this most ancient while the beauties of nature and those of all English universities, nor need you made by man constantly remind him that return any the less a true American be
cause of your admiration for England and A thing of beauty is a joy forever. the Englishmen.
N a green outlying corner of the king- He spoke from inside a veil of gauze
twisted about his head, after the manner noon, the Grand-Duke Stanislaus was of bee-keepers; and was, indeed, just at busy in his garden, swarming a hive of that moment, engaged in the delicate opebees. He was a tall middle-aged man of ration of transferring a new swarm to a scholarly, almost priest-like, type, a gen- another hive. tle-mannered recluse, living only in his The necessity of keeping his mind on his books and his garden, and much loved by task somewhat restored his calm. the country-folk for the simple kindness of "Give the messenger refreshment,” he his heart. He had the most winning of said, “and send for Father Scholasticus." smiles, and a playful wisdom radiated Father Scholasticus was the priest of from his wise, rather weary, eyes. No the village, and the duke's very dear man had ever heard him utter a harsh friend. word; and, indeed, life passed so tran- The reason for this explosion was the quilly in that green corner of Bohemia, news, brought by swiftest courier, that that even less peaceful natures found it Duke Stanislaus' brother was dead, and hard to be angry. There was so little to that he himself was thus become King of be angry about.
Bohemia. Therefore, it was all the stranger to see By the time Father Scholasticus arrived, the good duke suddenly lose his temper the bees were housed in their new home, this summer afternoon.
and the duke was seated in his library, “Preposterous!" he exclaimed, "was among the books that he loved no less than there ever anything quite so preposterous! his bees, with various important-looking To think of interrupting me, at such a parchments spread out before him: demoment, with such news!”
spatches of state brought to him by the