college] until actually called up. When she came and had more applause than any, I felt that I would rather give up my degree for to-morrow than that all her efforts and mine should fail. For in 1898 Colonel Higginson was given by Harvard the degree of Ll.D., an honor already conferred upon him by Western Reserve University two years earlier.
As he went forward to receive this honor, he was greeted with a prolonged burst of enthusiasm which was almost overpowering.
He wrote in his diary, June 26:—
Received degree of Ll.D. somewhat tardily, but glad of delay for the sake of the roar of applause from the audience (beginning with the young men) which greeted it. It was wholly a surprise to me and was something to have lived for.
The secret of Colonel Higginson's popularity was the overflowing fountain of sympathy which pulsed in his veins.
Lowell's lines might have been written about him:—
[He] doeth little kindnesses Which most leave undone, or despise. One of these wa