College Days: Or Harry's Career at Yale (Classic Reprint)by John Seymour Wood
The author's object in this story of College Days is to give a picture of student life as it was twenty years ago. The Yale of to-day is more cultured, less democratic, less boyish than in the Seventies. In this story the public student life has been treated rather than the private life, and it may be added
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The author's object in this story of College Days is to give a picture of student life as it was twenty years ago. The Yale of to-day is more cultured, less democratic, less boyish than in the Seventies. In this story the public student life has been treated rather than the private life, and it may be added that the period covered was the close of what has been termed Yale's barbaric era. The attitude of students to the faculty and to one another, the relations of classes, have all materially altered for the better these latter years. The student enters college at a more advanced age, feels himself much more of a "man," has already experienced some of the delights of secret societies at Exeter or Andover, and is altogether about as experienced as a junior in the old days.
But a Yale student of to-day has much the same old hardy spirit of his fathers, and the glory of Yale is always his cherished thought. He will die for Yale gladly, in his athletic contests; such is his patriotism. So will an Oxford or Cambridge oar pull his heart out for his Varsity, if called upon, from Putney to Mortlake. Love and devotion to Alma Mater are the same with Harry and Jack as with Tom Brown at Oxford. With the hope that this story will bring some agreeable reminder of college life to old "grads" of every college, and may interest the undergraduate as a picture of older times at Yale, the author relinquishes to them what has been to him a pleasant task.
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