IT is an old remark that the most unendurable of tyrants is the petty tyrant. Puffed up by what little authority he has, he struts about as if ready to challenge the universe. To remind effectually such a little tin god-on wheels that he is after all nothing more than a common mortal, is a pleasure that falls to the lot of few. We rejoice, therefore, that the students so energetically rebuked recently the unwarrantable assumption of power by a too officious official. The Directors of the Dining Hall, in branding the Bursar's action in removing one of their official bulletins as usurpation of the plainest sort, is approved not only by the students themselves, but also by all the outsiders that have heard of this disgraceful affair. However necessary it may sometimes be to overlook such petty tyranny in the case of a College official, in this case any such considerations would be out of place. This is by no means the first instance of the Bursar's swinging his unofficial whip. It is only a year ago or less that he turned out a student from his room, which was obtained in an honest manner, and advertised the room to let. But for the timely action of the President, who ordered the Bursar to give the room back to the occupant, the latter would have been obliged to undergo all the annoyances that follow any "misunderstanding" of the Bursar. But in the case of the Dining Hall there was not even a misunderstanding. He came there, not by the order of his superiors, not in his capacity as Bursar (for the Dining Association never entertained any official relation with such an individual), but as Mr. Allen Danforth, who saw a good chance of interfering again in an unauthorized manner with the free action of the students. When the Corporation vetoes a vote of the Directors, the students bow to their decision, however much they may regret it. The Corporation is the proper authority to veto the action of the Directors. But when a private individual undertakes to smuggle himself into the Dining Hall under an official flag, for the purpose of interfering with the orders of the Directors, he is deservedly rebuked. It is only to be regretted that he escaped so easily, for had he been arrested, as any other intruder would have been under such circumstances, he would have received a lesson that would have cured him from any further desire to play the tyrant.
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