If one chances to see the word "janitor" at the beginning of this article, he will perhaps be tempted to leave it at once without reading. The subject has certainly been often treated of, but of late such new annoyances have arisen that the attention of the authorities is demanded to institute at least partial reforms before another year. We fail entirely to see what services the average janitor performs that he should be entitled to the respectable remuneration that he receives. He refuses to do the simplest errands; his most important duty - the supervision of the goodies - he does in the most slipshod manner possible; the only thing be does do promptly is to present his bill "for services rendered" - what irony. He imagines, or else seems to, that his obligations cease after 9 o'clock A. M., and that after this hour he need only ask the occupant of some room for the last Nation or Puck or the new Elective Pamphlet, and having assumed a position that would do honor to a Sybarite, spend the remaining hours of the day in his lodge, blissfully unconscious of the wants of the unfortunate beings who are dependent upon him. If he is very obliging he will leave open the door of his lodge in order to remind passers-by that the college does possess an institution called janitors.
Why they are not compelled to perform at least a part of the work for which they are paid is a riddle to perplex OEdipus. We hope that next year some steps will be taken to protect occupants of dormitories from a worthless imposition.
What has been said is perhaps not true of all the college janitors, but in comparison with them in general that familiar lazy man of the fable seems extravagantly active.