THE highest ambition of every good teacher is to be excelled by his pupils. The one thing he wants more than anything else is that those whom he teaches will surpass him in every respect--in brains, character, achievement. As every normal father is prouder of his son's success than of his own, is made happier by his son's accomplishments than by his own independent work, so every normal teacher looks with happiness and pride on the success of those who were once his students.
I cannot claim to have been a vital factor in the later work of my pupils; all I can say is that they were exposed to my teaching. I follow the careers of my students after their graduation with a feeling akin to parental interest; it is a delight to meet their wives and their children; for even after the men have become grey or bald, they are always to me undergraduates--my students.
There is a fundamental difference between American and European students (not including English); American undergraduates, as a group, are the most conservative men in the world, and European the most radical. The majority of our undergraduates, except in the south, where special reasons prevail, are 'good' Republicans, believers in high tariff, 'untainted' by radicalism; their attitude toward anything like a popular uprising would be a burlesque, as years ago they burlesqued Coxey's army. A large group of Yale or Harvard undergraduates seriously leading a mob is unthinkable, despite the fact that the radical clubs in