tried to write in verse. I found there was a place in society even for an odd duck like me! This is perhaps the most important cultural influence a university can have. In a world given over so largely to getting, using, and keeping property, it maintains a retreat for those who are more interested in the creation of beauty or the discovery of truth than in making a profit. Mind you, I am not opposed to the making of profits. If nobody saved, if nobody bargained, if nobody made profits, there would be no time and no money for the creation of beauty or the discovery of truth. But a balance must be maintained between the crafts and the arts, and the university does its best to maintain it. Anyway, the UND did it for me. If I hadn't gone to the university, I might have been an unhappy and mediocre banker, farmer, or store-keeper. I'd have gone no farther.
By my own standards I have not gone very far or achieved very much, but as a farmer or banker I'd have been a most unhappy man--and so I write this note of grateful appreciation to my alma mater, thanking it for being there when I needed it so badly, and for supplying hope to the current crop of youngsters as they come to it from the windy plains.
I have been looking through an old copy of the Dacotab, which I edited in 1911, and have been studying the young, keen, beautiful faces of the girls and the young men who were my classmates and friends fifty years ago. There are so many of them I can't mention them all, and they are so scattered by time and distance that I'm not sure what few of them are still alive, but to those who recall the years 1908 to 1911, I'd like to send greetings and affection. I wish I could be with you. Since I can't be, I'll remember you as you were then. And, still looking at the young faces in the old book, I want to thank each of you for being there then and for being the kind of person you were when the world and the university and you and I were so young. 2