29 SEPTEMBER 1906, Page 2

On Thursday the King, accompanied by the Queen, opened the

new buildings of the University of Aberdeen. The ceremony was both dignified and magnificent, and in every sense worthy of the ancient and eminent University and of the splendid structure with which Aberdeen has been endowed by the generosity of her sons. There is nothing of which Scot- land is more proud, or has nioie right to be proud, than her great seats of learning, and Aberdeen bolds a foremost place among them. She boasts of being in a special degree the pocir man's University, but this honourable distinction has never prevented Aberdeen being also a true seat of learning, and a home of science and scholarship. The King's speech, though short, was felicitous in thought and expression, and exactly appropriate to the occasion. In the evening Lord Strathcona, the Chancellor of the University, entertained two thousand five hundred guests, chiefly past members of the University, at what was one of the largest public dinners ever given. A vast hall had to be built to hold so huge a number of guests, and we read of a special train• filled entirely with waiters being despatched from London to meet the emergency.