It is be regretted that the mass meeting last evening adjourned without taking any definite action against the vands whom Monday's meeting was unanimous in condemning. The project of hiring detectives was unquestionably repugnant to many, but it was far better than no action at all. The stand taken by Harvard in the first meeting was manly and decisive. It showed Harvard men as thoroughly indignant, unwilling to recognize the perpetrators of the outrage as belonging to themselves, and determined to do their best to rid the college of the presence of such vandals. By rescinding their vote Harvard students have put themselves in an attitude of insincerity. If they are unwilling to take any share in driving out the miscreants from their midst, what force can their resolutions of condemnation have? They become mere empty words. The one thing which showed that Harvrd was thoroughly in earnest was the determination to bring the culprits to light. The rescinding of this vote not only shows a lamentable lack of deep public feeling, but takes away from the action of the college the one feature which would have prevented future outrages. If Saturday's culprits had been made to feel the full strength of college sentiment there would be no question of future vandalism. But now the offenders are to be shielded from punishment, and future celebrators will have nothing to fear but verbal reproofs, while they may hope to have their mischief repaired by public subscription.
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May 06, 2017