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By JAMES A EDGERTON.
ESPITD the prevalence of higher
education in America, college
piesidents are seldom consider
ed toi political positions Men
like Andrew D. White and James
Ans?ell aie conspicuous exceptions, but
their woik has been confined for the
most part to the diplomatic service
Theie is scaicely a college head in
either branch of congress or in high
e-vecutne station As for the prebi
dency of the United States, if we ex
cept James A Gaifield, who was a
college president for a shoit time in his
caily manhood, no educatoi has et ei
been senously considered for the office
W hy should not draft the knowl
edge, training and high ideals of the
teachers in oui government semce?
Foi example, why should not the
tiained political economists have some
pait in the actual wotkmg out of the
political economy of the nation? If it
be objected that they are only theonsts,
then give them a chance to correct the
defect by piactical experience. Both
the college and the government would
be the gameis, the government in ex
peit knowledge and the college in ac
tual contact with affairs.
It is this spa it that President
{Woodrow Wilson of Princeton univer
sity has been suggested as a suitable
candidate for the presidency of the
United States. Wilson is not only an
educator, but a historian, an orator and
a political economist of recognized
standing once practiced law and
has kept in touch with the world of
Woodrow Wilson of Princeton
Head of a Great University Who Has Been Suggested as a
Candidate For the PresidencyHistorian, Orator, Good
Story Teller and a Political Economist of
Recognized StandingDares to
Say What He Thinks.
WOODROW WILSON
affairs lie has wntten a standaid
'American history, and hence should
know the policies and spirit of his
country
It might be said that if the nation
,were a great university it would be
proper to head it with a college presi
dent if it were a gieat business con
cern, then a banker or merchant should
direct its destinies, but since it is a
collection of people its president should
be a man A careful study of Presi
dent Wilson however, will convince
the most hypercritical that he is both a
college president and a man.
Popular Suggestion.
I was Colonel George Harvey, the
Irrepressible editor of Harper's Week
ly, that suggested Dr. Wilson's candi
dacy, expecting it to pass off in the
manner of the usual Harvey pleasan
tries. To his surprise it "took." The
newspapers indorsed the proposition
far and wide, and people wrote in Its
favor from all over the land. That
was two years ago, and the boom is
still alive. Nothing may come of it, but
in that regard it does not differ from
a large number of other booms. A
suggestion that immediately strikes a
popular chord and keeps it vibrating
two whole years is worth discussing.
1 That Dr. Wilson has views, and vig-
orous ones, is shown in his advocacy
of publicity for the trusts.
"If we are to give them our money,"
he says, "they must at least let us
trouble them to see their consciences.
If we could only see the souls of the
^board of directors and know how much
they weighed, then we would know
whether it would be safe to invest our
money in them or not W can't
abolish the trusts. We must moralize
them
"The thing that keeps water in. stocks
is secrecy. If this board were taken out
'of the sluiceway, the water would all
irun out, and then the people would
know what they had left."
President Wilson believes our meth
od of choosing a chief executive is
wrong. I is too haphazard and local,
.not representing a general voice. We
have not enough tho idea of being a
nation.
He also objects to the wide division
between the different departments of
the government. would have the
president and his cabinet able to initiate
legislation and would make them re
sponsible to congress so that they could
be questioned on the open floor. This,
he believes, would give us a president
and cabinet of a different caliber.
"We should have not a little light
thrown on the conduct of the depart
ments," he says, "if the heads of the
departments had daily to face the rep
resentatives of the people to propose,
defend, explain, administrative pohcj
upon the floor of the houses where
such a plan would put them. This
will be done when the executive is
given an authoritative initiative in the
houses. I see no other way to
create national figures
The present plan he objects to on
the ground that it makes the speaker,
who is not chosen by the people of the
nation, the dictator of the house and
some equally unrepresentative and ir
responsible boss the dictator of the
senate By separating so widely the
three departments of government we
make them work at cross purposes
when they should act in administrative
unity.
Says What He Thinks.
This is refreshing, not so much be
cause of the views expressed, over
which there is room for difference of
opinion, as because of the fact that
this is a man ho dares to think tor
himself and to say what he thinks.
Here is one of his healthy views on
education
"You don't send a boy to college to
find an education it's to find himself.
I believe the only way to learn
is by trying your mind alongside of
some other mind and drawing conclu
sions."
Despite the fact that he is the head
of a great university, Dr. Wilson en
joys good stories and tells them. One
of his best refers to the late President
McCosh of Princeton. The venerable
McCosh was not given to levity. Dr.
Wilson says he never knew him to be
guilty of more than one conscious jest.
It was at a meeting of the Evangelical
alliance. The presiding officer, who
was a Baptist, said:
"Brethren, I presume that, whatever
else our differences may be in denom
inational belief, we can safely say that
the Apostles' Creed is a platform upon
which we can all stand."
Whereupon Dr. McCosh leaned over
to his neighbor, the Methodist minis
ter, and whispered in his rich Scotch
brogue:
"I should no care to descend into hell
with an Episcopalian
Difficult Problems.
Another Wilson tale relates to an in
structor in astronomy in Vassar col
lege. "In astronomy," this professor
sagely remarked to his fair class, "to
determine the motions of three bodies
that attract one another is admittedly
difficult." A suppressed titter on the
rear seats. "May I inquire," he re
marked sarcastically, "what uncon
scious humor lay in my last state-
ment?"
"I beg pardon," said a blushing girl.
"It merely struck me that the diffi
culty was nothing compared with the
same problem in love."
The eternal femininelikewise the
eternal triangle!
From President Wilson's barrister
days he culls the following:
A long winded and ancient southern
lawyer had been making a plea for
three whole days. The judge became
impatient and in as polite a way as
possible admonished him to cut it
short
"And do you know," says Dr. Wil
son, "the old barrister declared that
the last four days of his argument
were a marvel of condensation."
Having been a student in Johns Hop
kins university, Dr. Wilson tells this
story of the illustrious founder of that
institution. A Y. M. C. A. delegation
waited on Mr. Hopkins for a donation
to erect a building
"But I have no ready money," said
the philanthropist
"Well. Mr. Hopkins," replied the
spokesman, "we shall be glad to take
your note."
"Um-li'm! Now. that's clever You
shall have it" And he drew one for
$3,000 As he handed it over he said,
"What are you going to do with this?"
"Turn it into cash."
"But what will that cost you?"
"Six per cent."
"That will never do It's too much
I'll discount it myself for four
"And he did," added President Wil
son, "although he had no ready
money
Graduate's Two Offers.
Meeting a new graduate on the
Princeton campus one day, Dr. Wilson
congiatulated him and asked him what
he intended doing now
"I hardly know yet, sir I have two
offers
"Two? Wonderful!"
"Yes, sir One is from a scientific
society offering me a secretaryship at
$5 a week, and the other is from a
baseball magnate offering me a five
years' contract to pitch at $5,000 a
season."
The Princeton president tells this
with all the more enjoyment because
he himself when a student was en
thusiastically devoted to athletics
For a staid and dignified university
president this repertory is not so bad.
and it could be extended indefinitely.
A Princeton man now located in New
York tells this story of a chance meet
ing with Dr. Wilson*
Going into Scribner's bookstore one
morning, he saw a smooth faced mid
dle aged man in glasses and without
a hat and naturally took him for a
clerk. Woodrow Wilson had just been
elected president of his alma mater,
and the former student wanted to find
out something about him.
Of the supposed clerk he asked for
some book by Wilson containing his
portrait.
"There is no portrait of Wilson in
any of his books," replied he of the
glasses, "but if you will look in a cer
tain magazine," naming the month and
year, "you will find a fair likeness of
him."
Then, picking up a hat, he bowed
and went out.
"Do you know who that was?" asked
the mystified Princeton man of a real
clerk this time.
"Professor Woodrow Wilson," was
the answer.
In view of the mention of his name
for the presidency it is not without in
terest to know that Wilson originally
went into the practice of law at At
lanta, intending to devote part of his
time to politics He found, however,
that the two would not go together,
that one or the other must be neglect
ed therefore abandoned both for
the study of political economy
Called "Tommy" at College.
Woodrow Wilson was born in Vir
ginia 1856 and graduated from
Princeton at the age of twenty-three
He was christened Thomas Woodrow
and in college was called "Tommy."
Among his classmates were such well
known men as Robert Bridges, the
writer Edward Parker Davis, the phy
sician Thomas Hall, the religious au
thor Judges Mahlon Pitney and Rob
ert McCarter.
President Wilson says he was not an
honor student "I believe," he adds
humbly, "I ranked about fortieth in a
class of 125
After leaving college he studied law
in the University of Virginia, after
which he practiced for two years in
Atlanta While there he was married
to one of the belles of Georgia, Miss
Ellen Louise Axson, of Savannah
Shortly after his marrage Mr. Wil
son entered Johns Hopkins for a post
graduate course and took the degree
of Ph. He then became professor
of history and political economy in
Bryn Mawr college and afterward oc
cupied the same chair in the Wesleyan
university. From 1900 to 1902 he was
professor of jurisprudence and politics
fit Princeton. He was offered the
presidency of several colleges, but pre
ferred to remain with Princeton, of
which he was made the head hi 1902.
Professor Wilson is the author of
many books, among which the best
known are "Congressional Govern-
ment," "The State," "George Washing
ton" and "A History of the American
People." He is not only a standard
author, but a popular lecturer
As between the two schools of so
called reactionaries and radical Demo
crats Professor Wilson would scarcely
be classed with either, although men
tion of him has been chiefly confined
to conservative sources. Being at
Princeton, he is of course a friend of
Grover Cleveland. is a funda
mental Democrat, however, who be
lieves in Americanism and in the pecul
iar and distinctive spirit of American
ism that animated the Virginia Demo
crats of an early day.
President Wilson's voice is said to
resemble that of Henry Ward Beecher.
If voice denotes the quality of the
man, that fact should denote a rich
culture and a warm heart. Add to
these a sturdy individuality, high
moral standards and devotion to basic
principles and the result is a rare com
bination. The American people cer
tainly need their scholars and idealists
In politics.
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State of Minnesota, County of Mille Lacs
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