To the Editors of the Crimson:
As a stranger to Mr. Moore, the foot ball manager, I may with propriety answer in his defense the first query propounded by "Several Graduates" in regard to the issuing of permits.
Mr. Moore was confronted by the fact that numerous small boys and other residents of Cambridge had occupied by Sunday evening, about fifty places in the ticket line. Of the mismanagement which permitted this I have nothing to say. They were there, and they were either selling out to the highest bidder, or were bargaining to hold the places until morning.
Unless permits were issued, students could do one of two things. They could hire the occupants of the place to keep it all night at $5 and upward; or they could pay $2.50 and upwards for the place, and stay there all night themselves. They were on the same terms with any ticket speculator who cared to do the same.
Mr. Moore's solution was to issue permits for more than ten tickets to students who explained that they were forming in groups to buy them, and who would state that they were for their personal use. They were not issued, as the "Graduates" insinuate, to enable friends of the management each to get more than his share.
The result was that the $5 which paid for a place was distributed among from three to seven men, and the premium reduced to 20 cents on each of twenty-five tickets, instead of 50 cents on each of ten. If the students held the place all night the men in a group could relieve each other. The college men were given a distinct advantage over the ticket speculators who could only get ten tickets.
Lastly, I cannot see that it made any difference to those who got up in the morning to buy seats whether, the evening before, several men could combine to buy out one place or were to be compelled to buy out one apiece. If a man could not get one place he would have got the next best, and the same number of tickets would have been secured with a larger line. When once that line was formed the issue of permits was the best solution of its difficulties.
SIDNEY M. BALLOU '93.