Kate Field's Washington/Volume XI/Issue 9
One of the coming great men of this Republic is Dr. Elmer Gates. He is temporarily domiciled in Philadelphia in order to be near a most convenient laboratory. When experts like Commissioner of Education W. T. Harris, Major J. W. Powell, Professor W. J. McGee and Frank Hamilton Cushing unite in placing Elmer Gates, aged thirty-five, among the most advanced thinkers, it is a sign for the rest of us to note. . . . His experiments in mentation lead him to the conclusion that the mind can be built up and made over quite as effectually as the body, and his aim is to establish in Washington an institute for that purpose. Unfortunately for science Dr. Gates, like most students, is not blessed with a fortune to carry out his benevolent scheme. If there be any millionaire who has a few thousand dollars to spare, let him consult Prof. William T. Harris as to the advisability of cooperating with one of the most modest and unselfish of scientists.