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In the quaint old town of Leyden, lying midway between The Hague and Haarlem, the lofty tower of the Hooglandsche Kerk looked down upon gala scenes: the university, founded by William of Orange in 1575, was celebrating its 350th birthday.

At one period of the day, Her Majesty Queen Wilhelmina drove from The Hague to be invested as honorary doctor of laws. She had a rousing reception, especially from the girl students, who presented her with the first tulips of the season.