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EDITOR, D. A. L. MacDonald



Vol. XXXV, No. 1 Winter, 1953

Page What the Martlet Hears .. . 3 by D. A. L. MacDonald

“Monty” Visits the University . 4

The New Library Extension . . 7

by Richard Pennington Museum Displays ...... 10

The Redpath Tradition .. . . 11 by F. Cyril James

Convocation Address . . . . . 12 by B. K. Sandwell

tutherford Memorial Lecture . 13 by J.S. Foster

= Branch Pictures 14-17 AssociaTE Eprrors: 9 02 1: a 0 University News, Physiological Congress . . . . 19 T. H. Matthews by John Scott URGRADUATE Nrws rr rs : UNDE soiree ale ; Lire University. = 5 2stiabh a ree John Scott oe by T. H. Matthews Don Allen The Princinal’s Pace 29 Business MAnacer, The Principal’s Page ..... 22 by F. Cyril James D. Lorne Gales aaa het SECRETARY Class Reunion Pictures 24-27 Elizabeth McNab bern tat ER@W@ RN pUS ismade as eee tina Ses OS by Don Allen COVER PICTURE McGill Alumnae Society . . . 31 T is to Gordon Lewis that the credit belongs of thinking of something that Founder’s Day Q9 95 = area BESIDE iia ge cyt McGill should have thought of before— a y 32-33 celebrating its one E ; fi famous sculptor by (75 VFeT WE Branch Reunion Reports. . . 47 exhibiting an exam- NEWS ple of his work on tS aes Reet - the Campus; and it Class Reunion Reports 47 is Mr. Lewis who has made this pos- Voice of the Graduates 49 sible by generously presenting a bronze 2 ee 4 cast of McKenzie’s Where: They Are ®t 5 Falcon. Although Robert Tait Me- Rae epee ne Kenzie (born 1867, Marriages... 2. 2... . 55 died 1938) spent nearly all his aca- Births eee oe uel oe RG demic life at the University of Pennsylvania, he was a McGill medical student and, for a Hada Mart s time, instructor in anatomy here;andit was Charlie Martin. ....... 62 originally at McGill that he proposed what was in those days of 1894 the novel idea of William Henry Donner 63 & Department of Physical Education. The : ; Falcon is his last finished work and_ is x considered his best. DOH S Reo as ac Fics ae, ees 8 MONTREAL, WINTER, 1958

THE GRADUATES’ SOCIETY j of McGill University


Presipent, SHIRLEY G. DIXON, O.B.E., 0.C., B.A. ’11, B.C.L. "14

ImMmep. Past Prestpent, J. A. deLA LANNE, C.B E., M.C., B.A, "19


2np Vick-PreEsIDENT, D. ROSS McMASTER, M.B.E., 0.C., B.A. 30, B.C.L. '33


J. A. deLalanne, C.B.E., M.C., B.A. '19

Honorary SECRETARY, Peter M, Laing, B.A. '35

HONORARY TREASURER, T. V. Burke, B.Com, '22, C.A.

ALUMNAE VICE-PR»SIDEN’?, Mrs. C. W. Marr, Phys. Ed. '32

PRESIDENT, MONTREAL BRANCH, G. Meredith Rountree, B.A. ’31, M.A. '33

PRESIDENT, ALUMNAR Sociery, Mrs. Gavin Graham, B.A.'32

PResIDENT, StuDENTS Soctery, James Robb


MaRiItIMBp PROVINCES, Eldon M,. Taylor, B.S.A. ‘18

PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, B. H. Drummond Giles, B.Sc. '27

CENTRAL ONTARIO, E. G. McCracken, B.Sc. "84

Orrawa VALLEY AND NORTHERN ONTARIO, Bernard M. Alexandor, B.A.’28, B.C.L. '31

PRAIRIE PROVINCES, Lt.-Col. George E. Cole, B.A. '02, B.Sc. '06

British CoLuMBIA, Harry M. Boyce, B.Com. '30

Unrrep Kinepom or Great BRITAIN AND FOREIGN CounrTRIES, Thomas F. Cotton; B.A.'05, M.D.'09, D.Sc. '46 (Hon.)

Unirep Srarss, (New England), G. G. Garcelon, M.D. °86 (East), Allister M. McLellan, M.D. "24 (Central), M. T. MacEachern, M.D.'10, D.Sc. (West), E. H. Falconer, M.D." 11


G. F. Benson, Jr., Ex-Officio, Com. 19-'20; Mr. Justice G. Miller Hyde, B.A. '26, B.C.L.'29; G. Earle Wight, M.D. '26; Martin P. Murphy, Science '80- "21; Robert Flood, B.S.A. '35; Philip N. Gross, B.Sc. "26; Lindsay P. Webster, B.Com. '25, C.A. 28; David R. Fraser, B.A. '38, M.A. ’39: E. Percy Aikman, B.Sc. '32, M.Se.'33, Ph.D.'35; A. Gerald Racey, D.D.S.'37

GENERAL Secretary, D, Lorne Gales, B.A. ’82, B.C.L. '36


Executive Offices : 3574 University St., Montreal 2

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The McGill Fence

uite the most exciting news to

come out of the University during the past quarter was that about The McGill Fence. Disclosure that a top secret project in radar defence was in progress at McGill was none of the University’s doing. The story appeared in the downtown papers which in turn had picked it up from the syndicated column of Marquis Childs, of The Washington Post, two weeks after it had originally appeared.

Someone on one of the Montreal papers eventually saw the Childs’ report and out it came. Rt. Hon. C. D. Howe, Defence Minister, finally issued a statement on how the leak came about but, before the Montreal papers finished explaining exactly what the McGill Fence was all about, there was considerable confusion,

One paper had it that The McGill Fence replaced the Americans’ Lin- coln Line in our radar defence system but this was promptly denied and corrected by its afternoon counter- part. Finally, a press conference, ealled by University officials, got the matter straightened out.

In the meantime, The McGill News does not intend to try to add anything further to the confusion but is await- ing an article by Professor Wooton, head of the Eaton Laboratory, not on The McGill Fence, but on the Electronics lab. in general, which should prove of interest to readers in the next issue.

No! No! Dr. Sandwell

here is a word used in connection with libraries, Dr. B. K. Sandwell said, in his Convocation address (see page 12) which I think has become misleading .. . It is the word ‘browse.’ Students are supposed to


.’ Dr. Sand- well went on to say that cows, not students, browse.

“browse in libraries . .

We must take the questioning the learned professor on this point. We have always thought that cows “graze,” that is to say, eat grass, and that other animals such as deer, moose, buffalo and other forms of wild life and goats, ““browse’’, which is to eat leaves and shrubs rather than grass.

We quote the Oxford dictionary: “Browse: to feed on leaves and shoots of trees and bushes; said of goats and deer: also carelessly used for


liberty of

Their gotes upon the brouzes fedd... Spencer

Th’ unworthy browze of buffaloes... Dryden

Top Secret

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The McGill Fence

Reply to Kipling

anada may be a land of ice and fs snow, as Kipling said, but Dr. Philip Langlehen, member of the Stormy Weather Research Group at the University, in the Department of Physics, has decided that he can more profitably study snow erystal formations and snowfalls in England. Dr. Langlehen, who received his

doctorate in physics in absentia on Founder’s Day, explains that he will have in England the combined facili- ties of radar and _ reconnaisance aircraft to complete his research on snow crystal formations.

Notable First hs doctor of philosophy degree

in mechanical engineering was conferred on Founder’s Day. It went to J. Terry Rogers, of Westmount, member of a prominent McGill family. Six members are either graduates or attending the university. Terry’s father started the procession when he received his M.D. degree in 1904. Terry played four years with the senior football team, acted as assistant coach of the intermediates and Macdonald college teams and found time as well to play inter- faculty hockey and was a finalist in the welterweight division for the intercollegiate boxing title in 1950.

Museum Exhibits | Spanner depicted in this issue

are only a few of the never- ending round of educational dis- plays open to view at the Redpath Museum. Front windows moreover have been turned into display cases, spotlighting topical. material from reserve collections which, for lack of space, would otherwise seldom be seen.

A modified stage setting in the Museum’s ‘Mammal Alcove’’—an- other innovation this year—permits an authentic North Quebec scene to be presented, depicting typical mam- mal life in this area.

The museum attracts others than the undergraduate body and the show goes on during the summer months as the show place of McGill. It came into its own during Open House week when the general public was invited to visit the University.


His famed black beret in his hand, Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery Dr. F. Cyril James, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, on his brief visit to the

strolls down the university’s walk with

st : a : university in early autumn. In the back- ground is Major J. M. E. Clarkson, who was acting as military assistant to the field-marshal during his Canadian yisit.


Campus Note

n the campus, and especially in

the Faculty Club, there has been much argument and some strong difference of opinion about the architecture of the extension to the Redpath Library, but everyone agrees that at night, when the lights are lit, it is a beautiful sight when seen from the campus. The terrace is also the ideal spot from which to watch the interclass games of touch-foot- ball.

Portrait Painted eee B. Taylor, B.Arch. ’20,

noted Canadian artist has painted a three-quarter length portrait of Dean David Thomson, of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, which is re- produced on these pages. Dean Thomson thus joins the list of much- admired portraits of McGill men by Artist Taylor, which includes the late Ramsay Traquair and Stephen Leacock. Artist Taylor will be re- membered during his college days as intercollegiate heavyweight boxing champion and member of the first McGill ski team to compete in the Kandahar in Switzerland.

Medical Dinner

ae annual MeGill Medical Alumni Dinner will be held during the American Medical Association Conference in San Francisco next June. Probable site is the University Club with Hugh Garol, M.D. ’38. and his San Francisco executive in charge.

Senatorial Assist

Be doings in the University this quarter was the almost week-long International Congress of Physiology (see page 19), for which McGill and University of Montreal were joint hosts. McGill is becoming increasingly popular as a host for these international meetings and Principal James, in his talk to The McGill Associates commented in this vein:

“But the penalty of success in life is often additional work. The 14th International Congress of Psychology has indicated its intention to come to McGill University in June, 1954, and in September of the same year,



Montreal will share with the City of New York the 17th International Congress of Ophthalmology. The American Statistical Association also plans to hold its meetings in Montreal in September of 1954 and the 10th International Congress of Genetics has cabled from Rome its desire to meet in Montreal in 1958.

If we are quite honest with our- selves, we shall recognize that the

Portrait of Dr. David L. Thomson, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Director of the Department of Biochemistry, which has recently been completed by the noted Cana- dian artist, Frederick B. Taylor, B.Arch. '30.

activities of two distinguished mem- bers of the United States Senate, Senator McCarran and Senator Mc- Carthy, have contributed to the popularity of Canada by their recent activities. They should not, however, receive all of the credit for the interest that the international com- munity of scientists and scholars is displaying in our country and par- ticularly in the city of Montreal. The stature of Canada in the field of the intellect has been growing as steadily as its responsibilities in the field of economic affairs, and there is every reason to believe that this country will be asked to play a steadily increasing part as the years roll by. It is not too much to suggest that Canada in our generation has a chance to exert a significant effect on the science and scholarship of the whole world if our sense of respon- sibility measures up to our oppor- tunities.’

Cartoons Wanted

he Redpath Library would like

to acquire a copy of the volume of the McGill caricatures drawn by the late Dr. Fred McG. Johnson. Has anyone a spare copy ?


s if anyone didn’t recognize it,

The Martlet and the drawing that heads this new department of The McGill News is the work of Lieut.- Col. D. Stuart Forbes, B.Se. ’11, B.Arch. 715, one-time director of athletics at the University and even, at one time, head football coach. The editor of The News is indebted to “The Major” for this contribution but wishes he would not distract the customers at Molson Stadium by engaging Coach Johnny Metras of the Mustangs in conversation while a contest is in progress. Wonder if the discussion had anything to do with the final score.

Coming Events

he annual “Sing at Christmas”

produced by The McGill Choral Society will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 8.30 p.m. in the Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Gymnasium. Tickets at $1 each may be purchased at the offices of The Graduates’ Society. This concert will be broad- cast over the Dominion network the week before Christmas.

The annual graduates’ night at the Red and White Revue will be Feb. 14, McGill Winter Carnival will take place Feb. 18-19-20, and there are plans for another old-timers’ hockey match.

Nov. 9 saw the start of a new series of music lecture recitals planned to acquaint the Montreal public with the work of the Conservatorium and with the history of musie through the ages by the use of recordings. These recitals are being held every two weeks and are open to the public free of charge at 8.30 p.m. in the Conservatorium of Music, 3450 Drummond Street.


he complexity of the football

situation being as it is, a review of the season and the sports picture in general must be left over to the spring issue. In the meantime, the best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year are extended to all. D.A.L.M.


connection between the

The roof of the lower Reading Room becomes the terrace leading to the Ramps provide entrance and binding the two buildings together. different floor levels of the two buildings.

Easy chairs are provided in the Under- graduate Library for the browsing student.

The upper reading room of the Undergraduate Library is devoted to litera- ture and languages. On the end wall is York Wilson's mural of old McGill.

ween ie building


The Redpath Library Extension

“Self Service’: an experiment in a new type

he new extension of the Redpath

Library is somethingmorethanan addition to the Library ; it is an experi- ment in a new type of library service. The turnstiles and the display of goods on the open shelves may sug- gest “Self Service”; and that indeed is What it is. Except that you cannot take the goods away in any vulgar sense; you take away the essential contents and leave the physical wrapping behind.

This was the first aim of the plan- ning of the new building: that it should provide for undergraduates a reading room that was also a library so that there should be no barrier between the student and the books. The old reading room could not be adapted for this purpose, or we should have pre- ferred to maintain it as the traditional undergraduate room; so we have built the two new reading rooms—an upper for Literature and Languages, a lower for everything else. In order to have natural lighting for this lower room we pushed it out into the Campus; and the Terrace, which seems so extravagant a feature of the new building, is nothing but the ceiling of this room. Into these two connecting rooms we are shelving about forty or fifty thousand books. It may not seem a large figure; but librarians develop a professional de- spondency ; and we fear that that is all the undergraduate will want.

This Undergraduate Library is a library within a library; for the Uni- versity Library still exists all round it in the form of Stack and special collections. The Stack is that mass of closely shelved books that the public normally does not see. We now have two: the Old Redpath Stack with its five floors and no lift, and the New Redpath Stack which consists of two spacious floors, one of them wholly below ground, and able by itself to accommodate about 350,000 volumes. The physical separation of these two Stacks was unavoidable and it has entailed a division of subjects between Old and New Redpath. In the old have been left newspapers and period- icals, Science, and Government docu-



of library service

by Richard Pennington, University Librarian

ments—material as unattractive in format as it is unappetising in con- tent; and one floor has been taken up by the Blacker-Wood Natural His- tory Collection. Everything else goes into new Redpath. In this way traffic between the two stacks is avoided, although it is made possible by the ramps that connect the different floor levels. Connecting the two build- ings was not easy, the south end of Redpath, where the join was made, had no less than eight different levels, only two of which could be carried through into the Extension.

The new Stack is not really a Stack at all: it consists of metal shelves free- standing in rows on a solid floor. It-is a horizontal system. The old Stack was in the form that was fashionable for about seventy-five years after Panizzi at the British Museum in- vented it in the middle of the last century (and if American and Rus-

sian readers write to protest, it can be added that, in fact, an eccentric member of the old Bodley Library Committee thought it out some years before Panizzi, and tried to have them build one in the Bodleian, to the horror of all right-thinking Oxon- ians). This old type is a metal skele- ton which is both the building and the bookshelves, the girders being the shelf supports. There are no floors apart from the glass or iron alleys every eight feet between the rows of bookshelves. Consequently such a structure can never be anything but a bookstack and it must remain a stack even though the need for one in that particular place has disap- peared. We, therefore, decided to erect a solid building with solid floors on which the bookcases could be placed just where we wanted them and where there would be plenty of space for the work desks of the graduate students in between. So that we now have not only reading rooms where the undergraduate

The University Librarian explains the arrangement of the new Stack to a graduate student. This floor alone is capable of holding about 350,000 volumes.



The Service Counter, which answers inquiries and obtains books from the Stacks, faces its “picture window” across the Tyndale Hall.

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Turnstiles give free access to the Undergraduate Library, but, as books cannot be taken from the room,

there is a controlled exit.



works among his books, but a new stack where, in similar freedom, the graduate works among the research material he needs.

In the new building, indeed, the emphasis has been upon reading space and seating capacity. In the old, we had decent space for only 120 readers; in the new there are at present 622 seats. They are divided up as follows: in the Undergraduate Library 312 chairs at tables, and fifty easy chairs. In the Stack, seventy-two graduate desks and twenty reading tables and_ chairs. Twenty-four seats in _ Blacker- Wood and thirty-six in the Blackader Architecture and the Lauterman Art rooms; eight seats in the special col- lections; forty-two in the Periodicals Room and fifty in the Seminars. We thought we had been generous in the supply of seats, but the attraction of the building has already proved us wrong: all the graduate desks have been taken and there are still requests for more.

One kind of library service that, while not of primary importance, is suitable for a generation that with the cinema and television has gone back to the picture book stage of learning, is pictorial display. Our effective display space in the old library was a frame 4 feet by 3 feet; the new building has 550 square feet of display cases, most of it along corridors which are main _ traffic routes, where it will be difficult for the student not to notice something. For the same reason, the area of the entrance hall was made larger than was necessary merely for entry and exit: it is designed to serve occasion- ally as an exhibition hall.

But even when the undergraduate is in his reading rooms and_ the graduate in the Stack, there still remain different demands that can be made upon the Library—demands which in the past we have often been able to meet properly. The more valuable collections the manu- scripts, the early printed books, the rare Canadiana, the maps, the prints and pictures—these were stored in odd inaccessible corners of the old Library, and there was never any adequate space for consulting them. The pictures and prints occupied the broom cupboard under the main stairs; the maps were in an area not quite as wide as the widest maps; and the Canadiana could be reached only if the two graduate students at work in that aleove stood up while we unlocked the cases. For the first time

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we have a rare book room where nearly all our treasures will be brought together, each special collec- tion in its own alcove, and where the scholar can work in dignified sur- roundings on the rarities the Univer- sity has preserved for that purpose. He will find here the Redpath Tracts, a gift of Peter Redpath, which are probably the finest collection outside the British Museum of political pamphlets for the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. He will have at hand all our manuscripts, both mediaeval and Canadian; In- eunabula (books printed in the fif- teenth century); the early Canadian History; the earliest printed sources for geography and geology (the Adams Collection); the Lands collection on William Blake; the Friedman col- lection of rare books, mostly Kipling; and our David Hume, our Rilke, our Rousseau, and our Leacock collec- tions. For bibliographical richness there will probably be nothing com- parable to this Rare Book Room in Canada.

The University map _ collection, although not large, includes some valuable early maps, especially of this country; but it has hitherto been impossible to make use of it, simply from lack of space. This old lack is now remedied by a special room, where the maps are flat in steel

_files instead of rolled up in brown


The ordinary student, however, will be more interested in two of the special collections which at last have found a worthy setting in the New Redpath. The Blacker-Wood Library is, apart from Osler, our most valu- able collection. Its ornithological section is said to be probably the most nearly complete in North Ameri- ca, This library will now have its separate reading room, complete with catalogue, periodical racks, and dis- play case, and with seats for twenty- four readers. Its books have been arranged in proper order along one whole floor of the old stack.

On the top floor of the Extension is the Blackader Library of Archi- tecture. Its reading room with the twelve windows looking out over the Campus trees is one hundred and thirty-six feet long and has space for sixty students. The two end walls are hung with tapestry hand-woven by Karen Bulow. On this third floor, too, is the Lauterman Art Library, and nearby is the special room reserved for the Abraham Lincoln Collection, said to be one of the


finest on the continent, which Dr. Nathanson of New York is presenting to the University. As you go down the corridor to the Lincolniana you will pass on your right a door lettered “Shakespeare”. In this room will be assembled all editions of the plays and all microfilms of all the quartos for use by Dr. Duthie in the prepara- tion of what is planned as the final authoritative text of the Warwick- shire writer.

The photographic laboratory is not yet equipped. It will produce the photostats and microfilms of the manuscripts and books needed by other research institutions which are too rare or valuable to lend. And unequipped, too, is the small work- shop for repairs and for the testing of inks and papers for authenticity or age.

There are two other rooms of par- ticular interest, one because of its novelty, the other because of its special McGill significance. Lady Roddick, a poet herself and a con- stant benefactor of the University, is very generously founding a Poetry Records Room in the Library which bears her uncle’s name. This will be a room where the student can listen to recorded poetry, often read by the author himself. Most of the modern writers have already recorded their verse and their voice: actors have recited whole plays; and the future student will have the great advantage over his predecessors of knowing exactly what a poet intended his verse to sound like. As far as

we know, this is the first such room in Canada.

As for the other room, it is not, we admit, an operating unit in a strictly utilitarian library; but we consider it important all the same. It is the McGill Room, where the relics of the Founder will be assem- bled and with them the historical souvenirs of the University. Round his clock, his armchair, and_ his portrait, we hope will be deposited, generation by generation, an_his- torical sediment which will, in time to come, be like the strata that reveal to the archaeologist the life of the past.

We have not, properly speaking, moved from one building to anot her; we have only enlarged the original one and it still remains in use. The old basement now contains the War Library, the Bibliography Room, the Library of Congress Card Catalogue Room, the Binding Room, the Pic- ture Collection. The old Reading Room has to be renovated before it can be brought into use again. In its refurbished state, with its por- traits round the walls, its stained glass and its great arched roof, it will look even more impressive as a cere- monial hall and a place for special lectures. Looking from his gilt frame in this hall through the doorway into the extension, Peter Redpath will surely feel that his investment in a library had been enormously profit- able and that his University has worthily carried on the tradition of service he established in 1893.

A tea room and kitchen are provided for the Library Staff who have to work the evening shifts,

A familiar Montreal landmark, Place d’Armes, as it appeared in 1828. The work of R. A. Sproule, a contemporary artist, the watercolour

was displayed last summer as part of Redpath Museum’s current exhibit on the Montreal Hunt, for it c draw heavily on reserve collections stored in the McCord M

Students who had never thought of entering a McGill Museum

during their four University years were pausing outside Redpath

Museum this session. Window shopping was in order, as two

feature exhibits spotlighting McGill collections inaugurated a

series of temporary window displays. Here the story of tobacco is

told. The North American map points up the spread of tobacco through the Western Hemisphere.

“Landmarks of History lepicts conditions during the period when the Hunt was first active. Both temporary exhibits | adequate permanent exhibition facilities become available.

useum unti

exhibition. It remains on view in connection with a

Another chapter in the story of tobacco, its spread through African aboriginal societies, is presented in the second Redpath Museum window spotlight exhibit. Against the African out ine; smoking and snuffing accessories are displayed. Window exhibits are to be changed monthly, offering through topical displays

glimpses of the half million items in the McGill collections. Plans call for alternating exhibits.


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The Redpath Tradition

“Books that enfranchise all who serve them”

AMES McGiILt was born in Glasgow

two hundred and nine years ago today, and the magnificent mural that Mr. York Wilson has painted gives us a visual picture of the ant- iquity of the University that bears his name. That impression of age is correct. When James McGill died in 1813 there was no more than a score of universities in existence throughout the whole of the British Empire and the United States, so that it is not fanciful to think of the shades of those whom Mr. York Wilson has painted looking down upon us this morning and remem- bering the buildings that have risen, one after another, on this Burnside Farm whose rolling acres James McGill must often have watched as he stood at the windows of his farm- house or beneath the spreading branches of what is now the mighty Founder’s Elm.

Even though McGill is a stripling by comparison with its older sisters of Bologna, Paris and Oxford, it is senior to most of the universities on this continent and to most of those that now exist in England, but this morning I should like to emphasize the fact that three generations of the Redpath family, whose name this Library proudly bears, span the entire life of the University.

On November 29th, 1951, the Montreal Gazette reported the death of John Reginald Redpath, whose sister, Lady Roddick, is still happily numbered among our very active friends. The interest of John Reginald Redpath in this Library was active throughout all the years of his long life. When the Earl of Aberdeen opened the buildings of the original Redpath Library, on October 31st 1893, John R.Redpath was 22 years old and was probably among the crowd who wandered through the building to admire its splendour or, more cautiously, wonder whether it had been wise to plan a building with so much more shelf-space than the size of the book collection then required.

Peter Redpath, who was respon- sible for the building of the new library, had been born in 1821, the


Remarks by Dr. F. Cyril James, Principal and Vice-

Chancellor, on the occasion of the opening of the

extension to the Redpath Library, Founder's Day, October 6, 1953.

year in which McGill University received its first Royal Charter. In 1864 he had become a member of the Board of Governors and during the years that followed, he had given the University a Museum which was regarded as one of the: finest buildings of its kind in North America and endowed a Chair of Natural Philosophy. It gives us some inkling of the inward measure of the man when we realize that, after his retirement from business in Montreal, he went to England and read law at the Middle Temple until he was admitted to the Bar, so that we are not surprised to know that year after year he sent to Montreal parcels of books that he had purchased to augment the collections in the Library that bears his name. The magnificent collection of Redpath Tracts, second

in importance only to the seven- teenth-century pamphlet collection of the British Museum, is the product of his loving labour, and it is pleasant to think of him during the evening of his life in that delightful manor house at Chislehurst, where The Fair Maid of Kent, wife of the Black Prince, had once lived and Sir Francis Walsingham had sought some respite of leisure from the imperious de- mands of the Queen he served so

gladly and so well. We scarcely need a third genera- tion, but men do not remember the events that occurred while they lay gurgling in their cradles. It was Peter’s father, John Redpath, whose life spans the earliest chapters of the history of McGill University. As a young man. he must often have seen James MecGillinthe streets of the small city that Montreal then was. Perhaps, he saw him resplendent in the new uniform of Major General, inspect- ing the garrison. He must have heard (Continued on page 35)

Dr. F. Cyril James, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, is shown here giving the address as he declared formally open the Redpath Library’s $1,500,000 extension. Shown with him in the foreground are, left, Chancellor B. C. Gardner, and right, J. O. Asselin, chairman of the Montreal Executive Council. Back row, left to right, are: Rev. E. Clifford Knowles, University Chaplain; Sir James Chadwick, Cam- bridge University; Dean H. N. Fieldhouse, B. K. Sandwell and Richard Pennington, University Librarian. Mr. Asselin, Sir James and Mr. Sandwell received honorary degrees at Founder's Day Convocation.


Convocation Address



Dr. B. K. Sandwell

T falls to my lot to return thanks

to McGill University in the name of all the honorary graduates whom you have just created, for the signal favor that you have conferred upon us in admitting us to your learned fellow- ship. We are now loyal, if adopted, sons of Old McGill, and dutiful if honorary alumni of a great and famous Alma Mater, and I know that I speak for the other recipients as well as for myself when I say that we are deeply conscious of the value of the gift that has been conferred upon us.

I have obviously been selected to express our gratitude because I of all this body of new honoris causa graduates have done least to earn that distinction, and can therefore reason- ably be expected to be the most grateful. I have no influence with the financial department of any urban municipality, and that municipality of which I am now a taxpayer would require a great deal of influencing before it would make any grant to a university situated in Montreal. I have made but little contribution to the advancement of either pure or practical science or humane learning, if we except a futile attempt to stem the corruption of the English lan- guage by preserving some distinction of meaning between the verbs “flaunt” and “flout’’. I have in fact done nothing to earn a degree since I acquired an honest B.A. in Toronto long ago, except to live to an ad- vanced age, mostly in the rather demoralizing cities of Toronto and Montreal, without being detected in any abnormal behavior of the kind that, when known, impairs one’s respectability. It is therefore only to be expected that I should be, of all of us, the most sensible of the benefits that we have received at the Chancel- lor’s hands.

I am particularly grateful also that McGill should have chosen as the date for my glorification, the occasion of the opening of a noble addition to the old Redpath Library. There seems to have been a great awakening


recently in Canadian universities to the profound truth that every uni- versity student ought to be able to read. I do not mean that he should know what groups of letters form what word; a certain level of accom- plishment in that matter, at least up to three syllables, is guaranteed by the matriculation examinations. I mean that he ought to have access to books, and to a great many more books than he can be expected to buy or to borrow from his fellow- students.

It is, I think, nearly forty years since the correct relationship between a university and its library was set forth by my, and this university’s old friend Stephen Leacock. This utterance of his is now imperishably enshrined for posterity in the latest edition of Bartlett’s Quotations, along with Samuel Butler’s “O God, O Montreal!’ and other passages in- spired by the special qualities of life in the English-speaking part of this great city. Forty years is about the usual time for the seed of an idea to take root, push upwards and even- tually flower in the form of a practical accomplishment.

“Tf T were founding a university,” wrote Stephen, with a slight under- tone of regret that he wasn’t, “I would first found a smoking-room, then when I had a little more money in hand I would found a dormitory; then after that, or more probably with it, a decent reading-room and a library. After that, if I still had more money that I couldn’t use, I would hire a professor and get some textbooks.”

I am glad that Bartlett’s Quota- tions, which after all does not contain many contributions from Canadian professors, has picked out that very important piece of wisdom from the voluminous works of that very wise man. Leacock did not go on to give the reasons why professors are needed in addition to smoking-rooms and libraries, but I think we all know what those reasons are. The first is that they may inspire the students

Dr. Sandwell giving Founder's Day Convocation address.

to read the books in the library, by delivering beautiful lectures on their significance. The second is that they may make sure that the students have read some of the books in the library,