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an armed body guard, and they soon had the support of nearly all the
students, only about thirty, as was afterwards found out, being in the
group that was seeking to drive their fellow student from the Campus.
Things had come to a serious, and even a dangerous pass before it
became known to the faculty. It took more than one meeting for the
faculty to find out all who were in the offending group, but when all
their names had been secured they were summoned to answer for their
behaviour. When they had appeared their spokesman told with much
pomp of their desire to assist the faculty in matters too delicate for
faculty action by purging the institution of such students as had low
ideals, for which they thought they ought to have the approval of the
faculty, not its condemnation, and said that it was a matter of no little
concern to the College whether it had the good will or ill will of such
able and influential men as they themselves were. When he had done,
those present, students and members of the faculty, turned their eyes
towards President Taylor, and some saw for the first time how truly
majestic he was. Though in deep emotion he had his body and his
voice in perfect control. In calm tones and well chosen words, without
recrimination or rebuke he told the group of offenders that their ideals
were utterly at variance with those that the College had always tried
to teach, that the faculty had been trusted with the duty of setting
standards for the conduct of students and administering discipline,
and of protecting all students in their rights, that the College had
invited only those who thought they could work in harmony with the
faculty to matriculate, and it would be the best for all concerned for
the students who had sought to exercise a discipline contrary to the
spirit and regulations of the College to withdraw and leave the in-
stitution free to do its proper work. He spoke only six or eight
minutes, but he had hardly begun before the pomp which the group
brought with them was deflated and every member of it wilted and
hung his head in dejection. He had not sought to confute their views;
he did not beg them to change them; but since their views and actions
were incompatible with the purposes of the College he advised them
to withdraw; as gentlemen they
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