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A PLEA FOR CULTURE.
HEODORE PARKER somewhere says (borrow
ing the phrase from what Dr. Johnson said of Scotland) that in America every one gets a mouthful of education, but scarcely any one a full meal. It is the defect of some of our recent debates on this subject, that, instead of remedying the starvation, the reformers propose to deduct from the dinner. The disputants appear to agree in the assumption that an average Senior Sophister is a plethoric monster of learning, and that something must be done to take him down. For this end, some plan to remove his Greek and Latin, others his German, others again his mathematics, -all assuming it as a thing not to be tolerated, that one small head should carry all he knows.
Yet surely it needs but little actual observation of our college boys, in their more unguarded moments, - at the annual regatta, for instance, or among
ladies on Class Day, — to mitigate these fears. The Class Orator does not always impress us with any bewildering accumulation of mental attainments; nor does the head of the Lazy Club appear to possess more of any branch of letters than he can hope, by reasonable non-industry, to forget within a single year. Because the standard of acquirement has been raised within a quarter of a century,