There is a saying somewhere that certain seed "fell into good ground and brought forth fruit, some a hundred fold." The communication printed in another column in reference to a previous editorial on "religious decadence" at Harvard, as pictured in a prominent New York paper, is surely of the "hundred fold." We fully appreciate the shock which the writer's devout spirit has experienced at our "gross misrepresentation" of the article in question. It has never been the custom for a non-sectarian college newspaper man to read between the lines even in "his excitement." Nor is "his anger" aroused at a statement which bears upon its face its utter falsity. Any Harvard student who is willing to subscribe to a declaration that his college is a hot-bed of incipient nihilism, scepticism, "lying," and irreligion can do so, but it should be upon his own authority, and his statement ought to carry with it only the weight of that authority. The writer of the editorial in question does "conscientiously" deny many of the "facts stated," and declares them to have been the offspring of an ignorant or a prejudiced mind. As for conclusions, he who runs may read. We trust that the writer's Elijah-like horror at the "tabooing" of the discussion of morning prayers since the last glorious but fatal prayer petition will wear off with his increasing years. It is high time that some reply, however inadequate, should be offered to the contemptuous sneers and jealous animadversions of which Harvard has been made the object. If a student of Harvard University, in the face of what he must, unless blind, witness every day, in defiance of the fact that in so doing he stigmatizes not only himself, but his fellow-students and the faculty, maintains the truth of the quoted statement, he must do so not from a spirit of justice, not from a love for right and truth, but for reasons best and only known to himself.
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