a word was said that did not show plainly the lack of either sanity or fairmindedness on the part of the antis. The co-ordinate people do not have to say a word. Sentiment here is overwhelmingly against co-ordination; yet the opposition is of a type which no amount of argument or anything else can combat. Prejudice and selfishness die a natural death. Unfortunately they may be so long in expiring that the present hope of securing a co-ordinate college here may be destroyed. If I thought that the men here were really no better than they talk, I should be absolutely opposed to a co-ordinate or any other kind of college at this place; for this is no atmosphere in which to cultivate either democracy or intellectual freedom of any kind. College opinion is a thing of rapid change, however, Four years bring into college an entirely new set of men. These accept things as they find them without questioning the right or the wrong. If the co-ordinate college could once become an established fact, it would not be long before all opposition to it would cease. I find that this is not the place in which to work either for or against the movement. The college must be established by outside forces; then there will be no further trouble.
I read the art page in the January Virginia Journal of Education. It is not exactly what I had in mind. It seems to me that interest in pictures must come first by establishing an acquaintance with the pictures themselves. Most teachers know nothing about pictures; they care less, because they are entirely ignorant of what pictures mean. If the Journal could give copies of some of the Copley Reprints; and then, with the pictures themselves before the readers, give an explanation of their meaning and a sketch of the author, I think that better results could be obtained. I should publish no picture that did not possess in itself an intrinsic attraction of beauty of a kind that could be comprehended by the ordinary somebody. Later, after a taste has begun to be formed, there might come masterpieces of the earliest painters, or of those moderns who have a less cosmopolitan appeal. What we need is not talks about art; but acquaintance with art itself. I, for instance, might become quite a devotee if I could only see a good picture occasionally.
I hope that you and Joe are seeing something of each other. She needs companionship; but she will never seek it if left to herself. Please make her go out with you as often as you can spare the time to take a walk, because she is very much pleased with you and your family, but she is lazy to the core.
Please give my love to each of your family. Sincerely your friend, Cary Franklin Jacob