The notice of the mass meeting which is published in another column cannot be a surprise to anyone who has watched Harvard's attitude during the present foot-ball controversy. The purpose of the meeting tonight is to find out once for all the prevailing sentiment as regards the policy which Harvard shall pursue in the future. The question at issue is whether. The question at issue is whether or not Harvard shall withdraw unconditionally from the foot-ball association; the ground of this question is found in the principles which Harvard has maintained tous far this season-that is, the principle that college athletics must be purified at any cost, that any underhanded action shall be discountenanced, that undergraduates as far as they are professionals, and graduates, unless they are bona fide members of the university, shall be prohibited from participating in intercollegiate contests. It is intended at tonight's meeting to offer an opportunity for the free expression of college opinion on the matter under consideration.
The question which has now come up for settlement is in reality a question of long standing. In its present phase, however, it has assumed a pressing character, and whatever action Harvard takes will of course lead to an important train of consequences. The matter when sifted to the bottom presents these two questions: Is the stand which Harvard has already taken a wise one? and Ought Harvard to withdraw from the foot ball league? To both of these questions we answer unqualifiedly-yes. The justice of the principle which we have enunciated is beyond cavil. It is our duty, then, to stand by that which we have chosen. The consequences of such action, while they ought to be considered, should not change our determination. Harvard is not called upon in the least to sanction professionalism or underhanded dealing in intercollegiate athletics. It is a duty she owes to herself to support the principle in which she believes. In any such action she will be approved by both faculty and graduates, and most of all by our own sense of justice.