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During this period 28 books have been
added to the Museum library. There
are likely to be some other important
loans before the dose of the academic

To say that on May 31 Charles Rodc-
wdl Lanman will have served 86 years
as Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard, and
that he is the editor of the Harvard
Oriental Series b to catalogue an im-
pressive piece of scholarly activity, and
to leave unmentioned a side of Professor
Tianman not to be revealed by any cata-
logue. Time is the most predous treas-
ure of a scholar, yet he has given time
unstintedly to all who asked it, and
what is finer, has given it with the same
generous sympathy and keen appre-
ciation of the fitness of things that has
made hb Oriental Series a masterpeice of
typography and a monumental work of
scholarship. Many a man to whom In-
dia is a dosed book has learned through
him to know the ideal scholar; the few
who have been his pupils have found in
him the ideal teacher, for to be even the
least of his pupils is to love him.

It is an inspiring roll — that of the
Harvard men who are in one way or an-
other helping in the war — which was
published in the Alumni Bulletin in the
issues of AprillS and 29. There are 828
names recorded in these lists, and in all
probability another hundred will have to
be added when we get complete returns.
Of these S9S men 100 have gone to Eu-
rope to do medical work, largdy, of

course, as members of the Harvard medi-
cal units and as assistants to Dr. Strong
in Serbia; 82 have been connected with
the American ambulance service, gen-
eraDy as drivers of ambulances near the
front; 48 are members of the British
army, 16 of the French army, 2 of the
German army, and 1 of the Russian
army; 29 have been connected with the
various American embassies and consul-
ates, and many of these have done excel-
lent work for the prisoners of war; 50
have been doing various things, a large
part connected with the relief work in
Belgium, some with the Morgan-Harjes
Ambulance corps, and the rest with
other war rdief associations. Harry G.
Byng, '18, Andr^ C. Champollion, '02,
Calvin W. Day, G.S. '1*-14, Harold
Marion Crawford ['11]. Hemy W.
Famsworth, '12, Edward M. Stone, '08,
and George Williamson, '05, were killed
outright or died from wounds while
fighting for the Allies; Fritz Dauer,
S.T.M. '14, was killed in the German
army; and Charies R. Cross, Jr., '08, and
C. C. Whitman, '86, died in the perfor-
mance of their humanitarian work. At
least 6 men in active service have been
wounded. A. G. Carey, '13, E. C. Cow-
din, 2d, '09, H. D. Hale, '14, Richard
Norton, '02, T. J. Putnam, '15, J. M.
Mellen, '17, and probably others not
yet reported have been awarded the
Croix de Guerre for bravery. O. D. Fil-
ley, '06, received the Military Cross for
gallantry, and H. R. Ddghton Simpson,
'18, was mentioned for gallant and dis-
tingubhed services in the field. Several
have been mentioned in dbpatches, or
dted in the order of the day, among
them Lovering Hill. '10, E. J. Curiey,
'05,' Stephen Galatti, '10, and J. M.
Walker fill.

The nominations for Overseers to fill
the five places to be made vacant by the
expiration of the terms of Charles Wil-

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758 Stport of the CommitUe on the Use of English. [Jane,

liam Eiiot, *6S, Theodore Roosevelt, *80, to receive reports from the Secretary,
Francis Lee Higginson, '63, George and to discuss matters of general policy.
Angier Gordon, '81, and Abbot Low Instructors in all departments under
Mills, *81, are as follows: William the Faculty of Arts and Sciences have
Thomas, 73, of San Francisco: Amory been requested, in accordance with the
Glazier Hodges, '74, of New York City; vote of the Faculty, toreport to the Corn-
Howard Elliott, '81, of Boston; Samuel mittee all students whose use of English
Ellsworth Winslow, '85, of Worcester; has been unsatisfactory, whether in the
Odin Roberts, '86, of Brookline, Mark matter of dear and orderly thought or
Antony De Wolfe Howe, '87, of Boston; in the details of expression. To the pres-
Franklin Greene Balch, '88, of Boston; ent date, 235 students have been re-
Hugh McKennan Landon, *Wt, oi In- ported, distributed as follows:

dianapolis; Robert Homans, *94, of RecuUr undersraduates 195

Boston; Philip Stockton, '96, of Bos- Und««ified undcrifr«iuat« 33

*^ — r » Student* out of course 2

ton; Eliot Wadsworth, '98, of Boston; Special student i

Francis Lee Higginson. Jr., '00, of Bos- Graduate student* 4

ton; and Samuel Smith Drury, '01, of Biany of these students, perhaps sixty

Concord. or more, have been reported more than

On May 5 and 6 the Board of Over- once; frequently they have been re-
seers held a very successful two-day ported byinstructors in different courses,
meeting in Cambridge. They inspected At first few sudents were reported,
the various departments of the Uni- probably because there may have been
versity and also were taken over the new sometimes a misunderstanding of the
buildings of the Mass. Institute of Committee's attitude and of the effect
Technology. of reporting students. Nevertheless, ef-

Prof. W. A. Neilson gave the Shakes- forts to secure cooperation have pro-

peare Tercentenary address at North- duoed increasingly good results. By

western University, Cleveland, O., on meeting the professors, together with

April 26. their assistants, in several of the larger

courses (Government 1, Economics A,

FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF History 1, and Philosophy A\ and by

THE COMMITTEE ON THE USE dwcussing with them the general prob-

OF ENGLISH BY STUDENTS, 1cm, the Secretary has made reasonably

MAY, 1916. '^^^ ^^ ^^^ undergraduates will in the

long run escape finding themselves in at

During the current year the Commit- least one course in which the use of bad

tee on the Use of English by Students English is likely to be reported. Many

has had two aims. It has endeavored to instructors, moreover, pay attention to

secure, through the co()peration of in- the English of their students without

structors, a greater attention on the part sending them to the Committee; if such

of students to dear and correct English an attitude were universal, the work of

in written work in all subjects. It has the Committee would become to a large

also taken steps, in the case of students ext^it unnecessary,

whose use of English has been unsatis- The actual supervision of the students

factory, to help these students to remedy reported to the Committee has been dele-

their deficiencies. gated to the Secretary. He has conferred

The Committee has met several times^ with almost every student who has been

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1916.] Report of the Committee on the Use of English. 759

reported, and by examming with the
student specimens of his ¥rritten work
has tried to discover the nature of his
mistakes and the cause of his difficulties.
So many cases have been based on hast-
ily ¥rritten class-room tests and examina-
tions, rather than on work done at lei-
sure, that a great deal of bad English
has been due to mere carelessness and
lack of revision. In such cases it has
seemed only fair to take the circum-
stances into consideration. Often, to be
sure, the student has been at a disadvan-
tage because he has had a confused idea
of the kind of answer expected by the in-
structor; he has tried to write at toogreat
length, or has wandered from the sub-
ject, or has answered the questions by
incoherent phrases instead of in con-
nected sentences.

Many students, however, ¥rrite bad
English because of sheer ignorance. Er-
rors in spelling, punctuation, grammar,
and sentence structure abound; stu-
dents who have been warned several
times continue to betray the influence of
bad school training and years of indiffer-
ence. It is signiflcant to note that where-
as of all students in the CoUege who take
or who have taken En^ish A or English
D approximately 8.5 per cent have been
reported to the Conmiittee, no less than
24 per cent have been reported of those
students who have been admitted as" un-
classified" from other institutions and
who have been exempted from English
composition at Harvard. So few men
who anticipated English A have been
reported that it is not worth while to cal-
culate the percentage. These figures seem
to indicate that the instruction in English
composition at Harvard is more effective
than that given at other institutions, and
that additional instruction in English is
needed by many of the students who
come to Harvard from other institutions.

At present there i%DO proper arrange-

ment for enforcing the rule of the Fac-
ulty that students reported to this Com-
mittee may be required to receive " addi-
tional prescribed work in English com-
position, such work not counting for the
degree." Students who are taking Eng-
lish A are already receiving, it may be
assumed, the training which they need;
nor would it be fair to the staff of Eng-
lish A to impose an additional burden on
them. For several reasons, partly me-
dianical and partly pedagogical, it is im-
practicable to send upper-classmen back
to English i4 or to English Z>. As a mat-
ter of fact, what a student needs, if he is
reported after having taken English A,
is not further instruction by lectures on
rhetorical principles, but further practice
and supervision in writing. In the ab-
sence of any provision for such training,
the Secretary of the Committee has this
year given to about thirty students (a
large proportion of whom were unclassi-
fied) instruction and criticism in weekly
conferences. The duration of this instruc-
tion has varied from a few weeks to sev-
eral months, according to the needs of
the several students. The Committee
however regards this arrangement as a
makeshift; fw actual instruction in Eng-
lish naturaUy should be carried on by
the English Department rather than by
the Committee. It therefore recommends
that a course in English composition be
arranged for next year, to be given under
the auspices of the English Department,
especially designed to meet the needs of
students reported to the Committee.
Sudi a course would clearly have to be
very flexible, and would consist of con-
ferences and prescribed writing. Stu-
dents would be sent to it at the discretion
of the Secretary of the Committee, and
would continue to take it until they
could satisfy the instructor with regard
to their ability to write English. Ob-
viously the course should not be allowed

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to count for the degree. (Sudi a ooune
was voted by the Faculty.)

In order to give definiteneas to ihe re-
quirements of good English, the Com-
mittee recommends the publication of a
leaflet for distribution to students, whidi
shall contain a statement of the scope
of the Committee's work, and of the na-
ture of its requirements and methods.
The Secretary b also preparing a record
of characteristic errors discovered in
several of the larger courses, to be sent
to the instructors concerned.

The Committee, with the sanction of
the Committee on Admission, has em-
phasized in the announcement of the
Terms of Admission to Harvard College
the paragraph that deals with the re-
quirement of good English in all exam-
inations, adding the following remark:
"It is improbable that candidates wUl
be able to satisfy this requirement unless
they have been trained in sdiool to re-
gard their woric in every subject as an

opportunity for the use of correct and
idiomatic English. In dealing with for-
eign languages, idioms strange to English
should be especially avoided." Negotia-
tions are still going on with the College
Entrance Examination Board for a
similar requirement on its part

The work of the Committee this year
has been in the main experimental. With
increased cooperation on the part of in-
structors, and with more adequate pro-
vision for the instruction of deficient stu-
dents, the Committee may hope in the
future to deal more effectively with its

J. D. M. Ford, Chairman,

James H. Woona,

R. DeC. Wabd,

C. B. GuucK,

Kntsopp Lake,

C. N. Gbeenough,


William C. Gbsene, Secretary.

John R. RantHARD, '15.

Oft-times I ponder as the months advance.
Those brilliant happy days of yester-year
When you and I, for pleasure and for cheer

Conned the fair pages of an old romance

Or geste of war. Did we not bresJc a lanoe
With Partenope and with the Dane Ogier?
Our lord was Arthur, Roland was our peer.

Again, we listened while Marie de France
Sang us by rote a Breton lai. We bent
Low o'er the book within the shaded light,

All unaware the day was at its close.

Sweet potted flowers offered up their scent.
Stole cold and storm and darkness from
the night:

We rode **Oii le vent baiava de» rosea."

We read no more; those times have passed
Though mem'ry holds them green and eher-

- ished still.
Bare recollection is at loss to fill

The breech in fellowship, In work and play.
We ride no longer on the broad high way
To war or joust, through forest, over hill.
With doughty men parfait in knightly skill.
Adorned with burnished arms in Inight array.
Those courtly days are yielded with regret.
Despite the recompense that time has
Of deeper enUndenci, no repose

The quest allows, and I am seeking yet.
As once together eagerly we sought,
The land "OAle went balaya dee roeee.**

These days the courtly Chritien is my guide.
Companion, teacher in all knightly lore;
Preu Alexandre, belt SorSdamor

Live o'er their loves again for me. I ride

With Erec, son of Lac, and hear him chide
Enidfi; I see Lancelot adore
His lady's hair, pitta reluiaana qite For.

At Caerlleon with Arthur I abide.
But still my thought returns to yesterday
When you and I forth to the battle strode.

Now fame is sport of every wind that blows;
Work now is earnest, unrelieved with play
Except by mem'ry of that time we rode

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