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Besides his writings the other things to judge a man by
are his teachings. Now I wish, Mrs. Stanford, you could talk
with the boys who have graduated from my department, and really
know what I am doing in the class room. Some people suppose
that I have no better sense of the proprieties of my position
than to fill up students with my personal opinions. Four
years ago an eastern man inferred that because I was known
to have opinions on the wrong question I must be rubbing
these opinions into my students. I was able to tell him in the
summer of 1896 Mr. O. G. Hopkins, a student who had taken my
course in ''Money and Banking" the year before, asked ''What is
Dr. Ross' opinion on this silver question anyway?''

The teacher has indeed a great advantage over the student,
and can enfect that student with his own personal opinions,
unless he has the Teacher's conscience. Only Dr. Jordan
and my old boys can tell you whether or not I have this
teacher's conscience, whether I present the facts and let
the boys form their opinions.

Now I want to say something of my work which you may not
know, but which Dr. Jordan can confirm in every particular.

The Economics Department has had more misfortunes than
any other in the University and brunt of them has fallen upon
me. Shortly after I came here in the fall of 1893, Mr. F. E.
laft [sic] us, and I took over half of his work on top of
my own. The result was a nervous breakdown in February, which
compelled me to go away for a week. The next fall Dr. Warner
gave up after a few weeks, and pieced out one of his courses

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