Education: The Emperor Abdicates

To the boys of England's Eton, Headmaster Claude Aurelius Elliott was known as the Emperor. The son of a onetime lieutenant governor of Bengal, he seldom ventured too near his own little subjects; some boys went several years without ever meeting him at all. The Emperor was never ruffled when parents wondered why he paid no attention to their boy. "Unless he is a very outstanding figure in school life," he would tell them, "you can be glad I haven't."

His justice was swift—he could expel or cane offenders with the same sort of severity that has made Etonians tremble for five...

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