A remarkable collection of great archeological interest is to be disposed of in London. This comprises the extensive array of Egyptian curios collected by the well-known Egyptologist Mr. R. de Rustafjaell, and it is of a most complete description. The collection has been carefully classified and annotated and affords an informative and interesting history of this ancient country for a. period of some 6,000 years, from the earliest time of the Egyptian nation 4,400 years B.C. to the present day. The pre-dynastic era is represented by an extensive array of flint implements; the dynastic period by sculpture, bronze, pottery, and fresco paintings; and the times nearer allied to the present by numerous personal ornaments, treasures, and trophies gathered from Egypt proper, the Sudan and surrounding tribes, including the famous praying board of the Mahdi found with the body of the Khalifa after the battle of Omdurman, and which is regarded with religious awe by the Dervishes, as it is popularly supposed to have been handed down to their chief through successive generations from the great Mahomed. The technical professions now demand of their members for the higher planes of successful practise the same general educational preparation for professional study as that required by the best law and medical schools. Without entering into a discussion as to the relative merits of the educational work done by the small college and by that forming a subordinate member of the university, it is sufficient to say that this part of a well-rounded course of professional study harmonizes completely with the university system and is in fact an essential element of it. Both for technical efficiency, therefore, and for the broadest and best educational motives the technical school is bound to find its strongest development in an environment of universal study and investigation. The university has long since lost the character, if it ever properly had it, of a place where abstractions of learning, separated from the things which only give them life, are to be dispensed after the manner of instruction to men who are never to deal with the affairs of life. It has come to be an intensely practical working agent. It is effective and worthy of support only in so far as is makes itself felt in the real life of the community. If it is to be a true and real center of instruction it is imperative that it shall carry knowledge into every useful calling, governmental, corporate, or private. The time will soon come, if indeed it is not already reached, when it only can prepare men to administer and extend in a rational and moral way the great industrial activities which at the present time form the foundation of the material prosperity of the modern world. .
This article was originally published with the title "Science Notes" in SA Supplements 62, 1616supp, 463 (December 1906)