finding a strong man to take the headship of the English department from which Professor Hart, after rendering most scholarly and fruitful service for many years, has now withdrawn. “Whoever he may be,” says Professor Hart, “I hope he will be at once a man and a scholar, broadminded enough to appreciate the individuality of each member of the staff and quick to encourage genuine research in all directions.”

The attendance in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1906–1907 showed an increase of 43 over the preceding year. The total number of students enrolled was 748. The Report for 1903-1904 contained a table giving the comparative figures of academic students at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Cornell from 1883-1884 to 1903-1904. The figures for the subsequent years are as follows :

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The Secretary of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who furnished the figures for Harvard, writes that "the total number in 1906-1907 cannot be compared with the corresponding totals in the two former years, because it includes about three hundred students who would probably have been registered in the Lawrence Scientific School if the administration of the degree of S. B. had not been changed." That total, however, was 2,247. If 300 be subtracted from it, there would remain 1,947 academic students at Harvard in 1906–1907. The figures for Princeton and Yale need no explanation. It will be seen that in 1906-1907 Princeton had 35 more academic students than in 1904-1905 and Yale 47, while Harvard shows a decline of 62. At Cornell the increase for the same period was 64.

The occupation of Goldwin Smith Hall has, as Dean Willcox reports, “greatly increased the amount and changed the character of the intercourse between the Dean and the students in the College.” The duties of the Dean have increased fourfold and much more than half his working hours have been given to those duties. The students of the College now for the first time feel that “there is a common centre where their interests are considered, their work followed, and their inquiries answered." This is an incalculable advantage to the students. But of course it makes heavy demands on the time of a Dean, demands which cannot be met without sacrificing independent investigation and productive scholarship, if not also teaching efficiency. Even before the College moved into Goldwin Smith Hall, as early as the spring of 1906, Dean Willcox expressed to the President his desire to resign the office in order that he might continue the statistical investigations in which he had already accomplished such admirable work. At the earnest request of the President, however, he consented to retain the office. But in the course of the present year he definitively tendered his resignation, having become convinced, as he states in his report, that “I could be of greater service to the University as teacher than as Dean and that I could not properly perform both duties." The administrative staff has lost a careful, judicial, wise, and patient officer. The vacant deanship was filled by the appointment of Professor A. Ross Hill. Meanwhile Professor Willcox resumes his old work as a teacher and investigator, and it is the universal wish that the University may long continue to enjoy the benefit of his ability, scholarship, and devotion to the intellectual life.

In the month of May the Cornell chapter of Phi Beta

Kappa celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of its foundation. The principal feature was an address-a wise and thoughtful address-in Sage Chapel by President Eliot of Harvard, whom the entire University community received with the acclaim and honor befitting his character, standing, and high achievements as an educator.

Synchronously with this celebration the annual meeting of the New York State Association of Colleges and Universities was held at Cornell. There were present representatives of the following colleges and universities : Alfred University, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Capisius College, the College of the City of New York, Columbia University, Fordham University, Hobart College, Manhattan College, the Normal College of the City of New York, Rochester University, St. Angela College, St. Francis Xavier College, St. John's College, Union College, the University of the State of New York, Wells College, and Cornell University. The subjects under discussion during the two days session were Liberal Culture and Athletics. President Eliot took part in the discussion on athletics and clearly and forcibly set forth his views and criticisms. Later in the day there was a boat race on Cayuga Lake between the crews of Harvard and Cornell, to which the members of the Association were invited by the management. They were further entertained by the University at two luncheons and also in automobile rides about the campus and its surroundings. The delegates showed great appreciation of the hospitality they had received. Altogether it was felt that good feeling and fellowship had been promoted among the colleges and universities of the State.

There have been many occasions of mentioning the part played last year by the new Goldwin Smith Hall in the work of liberal education at Cornell. Its service to æsthetic culture should not be passed over in silence. The Hall


itself has been described by a well-known writer as one of the very few beautiful collegiate buildings in America. But it is not only its external architecture that gratifies the lover of beauty. Inside, the front rooms of the ground floor throughout the entire length of the building-380 feet -are devoted to the museum of casts of Greek and Roman sculpture, which Mr. E. P. Andrews with astonishing ingenuity, watchfulness, and toil succeeded in removing from McGraw Hall without any damage. The museum, with its wealth of beautiful casts admirably arranged and amply spaced, is a veritable school of æsthetic culture for students in all departments, to whom it stands open all day and every day. To make it of still more educational value all the statues should be labeled and a brief catalogue should be published.

Not only through the plastic arts, but through pictures also has Goldwin Smith Hall during the past year contributed to the aesthetic life of the University. Mr. Childe Hassam generously lent fourteen of his best pictures, which Professor Brauner, through whose agency the loan was secured, hung for exhibition in the Faculty room and adjoining room of Goldwin Smith Hall. They were seen by hundreds of students, professors, and others, many of whom returned again and again to enjoy their wonderful beauty of form and light and color. In recognition of this appreciation Mr. Hassam kindly allowed the pictures to remain twice as long as originally planned. It is hoped that his generous example will be followed by other artists and that annual exhibitions of paintings, taking only one American artist at a time, may become a feature of future years. The President desires officially to thank Mr. Hassam for his active and unselfish interest in art education at Cornell and to assure him that the generous loan of his own paintings was highly appreciated. After Mr. Hassam the University is indebted to Professor Brauner for the refined and elevated pleasure which through the exhibition was afforded to all its members.

With architecture, sculpture, painting, and poetry last year music was also united in Goldwin Smith Hall. The big amphitheatre was the training place of the student choirs which rendered such fine music at the annual festival in April. Thanks to Professor Dann, fine music is now habitual at the Sunday services in Sage Chapel and on all University occasions. A student who lives four years in this atmosphere of art-plastic, pictorial, poetic, and musical-must be strangely obtuse if, along with scholarship and intellectual training, he does not carry away with him some ästhetic culture, some interest in art, some love of beauty, which, like gold shot through silk, will enrich and brighten all his subsequent life.


The work in pure science has been facilitated by an extension of laboratories and class-rooms affecting several departments. The largest gain came to physics with the transfer to Rockefeller Hall, a building for instruction and research in physics which is larger and better suited for its purposes than that possessed by any other university in America. The department of mathematics has been admirably housed in White Hall where class-rooms and offices have now been fitted up for the instructing staff in accordance with the plans of the professors. The department of general invertebrate zoology and entomology has been provided with spacious and well-lighted quarters in the main building of the new group erected for the College of Agriculture. McGraw Hall, after its evacuation by the museum of casts, has at considerable expense been remodeled to furnish additional rooms to the departments

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