The question that was discussed at the so-called mass meeting last evening is, despite any statements made to the contrary, one of the utmost importance and interest to the college as a whole; its decision one way or the other a this time involves much praise or blame to Harvard.
In the first place the meeting last evening did not express college opinion. From the secrecy in which the meeting was called very few men it college knew the purpose of the meeting; if the intention of the meeting had been known, very many more men would have been present.
In opposing the whole question and also the action taken by the meeting last evening we are positive that we are representing college opinion, and that is our duty first and foremost.
Whether a dual league between Yale and Harvard will be the ultimate con clusion in the distant future is not for us to consider. Now, as Harvard stands in athletics, there should nothing be done, the matter should never for one instant be considered. Why should we not contest with Princeton? She has always given us a fair fight and has oftener beaten us. Until we can beat Princeton, why should we refuse to play with her? A significant fact in last night's meeting was, that no reasons were brought forward as to why we should take such a stand.
In the last four years Harvard has been slowly but surely going down in athletics. In the face of this, and in view of bad records, our almost clean score of defeats in the last three years, the mere fast that a mass meeting of Harvard students voted even to consider the question will put Harvard in an odious and contemiuous light. Very fortunately the committee appointed will not have power to decide the matter. It will justly be brought before a meeting of students who will then have considered the matter, who will not be taken by surprise, and who, unless Harvard has more excuse for such an action, more victories to our credit, will decide undoubtedly against such a stand.
It is very unfortunate that any action on the matter his gone forth from Harvard, for there can be only one opinion, if we keep in view Harvard's reputation and honor, that now we can not honorably get out of a league with Princeton.
And we regret very much that the meeting was conducted as it was with the idea that discussion by the college was not desirable. Undoubtedly college opinion is not in favor of any such action at present.