Education: 200 Years of Penn

In the old Quadrangle of the University of Pennsylvania one morning last week rang the cheerful clatter of an ancient hand bell that once summoned scholars to class. That homely sound opened the celebration of the 200th birthday of a homely old university. To the shirt-sleeved sons of Penn seated in camp-meeting chairs on the Quadrangle grass, it spoke of Founder Ben Franklin, of Philadelphia, cradle of U. S. freedom, of old-fashioned sanity. But the ancient bell merely interrupted, did not dispel the hush of uncertainty and gloom that hung over Penn's Bicentennial.


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