The Trail of Life in College

The Trail of Life in College

The Trail of Life in College

The Trail of Life in College

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It is a bold adventure to undertake to interpret one's college days across four intervening decades. Memory plays tricks with us all. We gild and color from within all that we draw up out of a long-lost past. So be it. I promise no infallibilities. I take no affidavit that every picture here presented is a perfect copy of the original event. I do, however, sincerely propose to report facts and to reproduce what happened rather than to create what might have happened. The men I talk about are real men. The scenes are from life, not from fancy. I aim to produce Wahrheit rather than Dichtung--truth rather than imagination. It will in the main be the story of a youth who actually lived, not an invention of one that just possibly "might have" lived.

One reason for this "return" of mine into the lost world of the past is the desire to show what a constructive thing college life can be, what a time of new creation it can be to a man. It often still is constructive and transforming. We hear, however, so much of intellectual confusion and moral chaos in college circles . . .

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