LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
74 SCHOOL AND COLLEGE DAYS. because it is not. He was never obtrusive. I nevilr knew him to speak of himself, or even of what he hoped to af)complish, unless questioned; then one dillcovered that his ambition was to do not only for Japan but for the world. It would not be easy for any one who knew him in college to forget him even if his life had ended there; for there was in him an uplifting influence which made one wish to be on the heights where he lived and walked. He seemed to be there and to belong there without any sign of struggle to get there or to stay there. The even quietness of his life did not exclude quickness of action and alertness of manner. He was a pleasant companion, a delightful member of the families fortunate enough to count him one of their number, a true Christian gentleman, always thoughtful of God and therefore always thoughtful of others." From the letters written during his Amherst life constant allusions to his expenses have been omitted, only such references being retained as serve to show how exact he was in his accounts and with what scrupulous care he regulated his expenditures. On the other hand, he was entirely frank in making known his neeck The simplieity and truthfulness of his character shone in every reference to himself, and an air of self-possession compelled instant confidence in all he said; for this self-possession was seen to result, not from self-confidence, but from self-forgetfulness. In the recitation room he made known his ignorance with the same frankness with which he stated his wants, a frankness whoily devoid of self-seeking; and che same trait was conspicuous in sickness, when one :.felt that he described his pain in sober truthfulness, just as it was, making it neither more nor less because it was his.