It is sometimes complained that too little interest is taken by Harvard students in any general election, such as that of officers of any of the college athletic associations. This is undoubtedly a just complaint, but in view of a recent performance at Yale, it may be doubted whether a moderate indifference in such matters is not, on the whole, better than the other extreme. The Yale sophomores endeavored to elect their class orator at a class meeting recently, but owing to the ardor of one or two of the candidates and their supporters, were unable for some time to make a choice. On the first ballot it was found that the number of votes cast exceeded the number of men in the class. New ballots were ordered, and finally on the sixth trial, with a careful roll-call, a fair vote was obtained. When the methods of the political caucus and ward-meeting are introduced into college elections, it may well be doubted, we repeat, whether a wholesome moderation, which hesitates to follow absolutely the dictates of party interests in college matters, may not be a blessing in disguise.
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