Owens College, Manchester, opened its new buildings, erected at a
cost exceeding £100,000, with much state on Tuesday, under the presidency of the Duke of Devonshire,—the Principal of the College, Professor Greenwood, afterwards pronouncing a very thoughtful and striking address on the relation which the cultivation of special individual tastes and pursuits should bear to that general culture and discipline of intellect which a man owes, not so much to himself, as to the society in which he moves. He pleaded with great power for the combination of the latter with the former principle, and applied it to the case of science, showing that the student of science, however deep his enthusiasm for it, and however much his prospects in life might depend upon it, should not neglect that general literary culture which, far more than any science, teaches men to understand men. It is clear that Owens College, which last season numbered 1,000 students, has now entered on quite a new epoch as regards its influence not only in the North, but in England, and that more and more of the wealth of Manchester will be devoted to making it every- thing which a College without residence can be to its students. Moreover it has taken its place as a type, and a high type, of a class of institutions which are likely to multiply steadily in the North.