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The Americans were from yet another strong country demanding favors from the beleaguered Constantinople officialdom. Yet Turkey could benefit. The Americans would pay not only their own expenses but also those of the Turkish 36 CHAPTER 2 officials assigned to them. In addition, another player in what the English called the “great Eastern game” might allow the Ottomans to divide the Western opposition further. If they could not conquer the West, the Turks might still be left with a modicum of autonomy proportional to the number of countries competing for favors.

Haupt was a major acquisition and eager to excavate overseas, but by the time he had gotten his sea legs in America, Johns Hopkins had lost crucial time. THE BOYS OF SUMER 25 In the meanwhile, early in 1880, President Charles William Eliot of Harvard offered a professorship in Oriental languages to the uniquely talented Robertson Smith, who was then being tried for heresy in Presbyterian Scotland. Eliot was already the dominant academic administrator in the United States, and Smith a scholar of international fame.

Much of the story of the growth of the school is similar to that of other emerging American universities: local entrepreneurs smitten by European scholarship and mindful of the prestige of high culture invested their profits in an unusual way. The money generated in the Northeast and the Midwest after the Civil War turned provincial academies into great centers of learning. Penn’s story differed to the extent that Pepper’s vision was different. Pepper had nothing of the more enduring repute of Harvard’s Charles William Eliot.

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