"I noticed in your edition of the 18th inst., an extract from one of the Harvard publications, referring to the wearing of Oxford caps by Tufts students. The anxiety of the writer for the good name of Harvard is praiseworthy. It would have been well if H. U. students in times past had had a like regard for it. The disgraceful performances in Boston theatres, and other similar affairs, in which Cambridge students have played a conspicuous part, have rendered it unnecessary and almost impossible, for Tufts students, or any body else, to sully that "good name," which has been so degraded. Two very plausible reasons for this outburst of the Harvard editor have been suggested. One is, that Tufts has anticipated Harvard in the adoption of the Oxford cap, a thing which the university cannot brook; the other, that the novelty of the Oxford cap withdraws public gaze from the particularly ungainly gait of the Harvard student. A word of consolation may be offered. No Oxford cap can long rival, in the public eye, the ungraceful amble. In all probability the students of Tufts will continue to wear their Oxford caps wherever they see fit."
J. C. '83.Jan. 19, 1882.