We have received letters from Dean Briggs, Professor Beale, and Assistant Professor Wendell protesting against the publication of songs like that which appeared in the CRIMSON of yesterday. In each case objection is made to particular phrases, and lines, and it is urged that the publication of such partisan verses is at once undignified, and discourteous to our friends the enemy.
With the most sincere respect for the point of view taken by the writers of these letters, we think that their alarm is a little unnecessary, and that they misinterpret the spirit in which the song was written and published. They read between the lines a combination of ill-timed overconfidence, and viciousness toward Yale. We know that the verses in question, as a matter of fact, gave voice to neither the one nor the other. We feel confident moreover that they were not so understood by undergraduates here, and that if noticed at all by Yale men, which is improbable, they would not be considered either swaggering or insulting. In short, though we acknowledge some doubts as to the advisability of publishing verses which are necessarily so crude, we do not consider that any one inside or outside of college would have strong grounds for regarding special lines, or even the whole composition, as a serious expression of college opinion.
Our purpose in publishing the song was a sufficiently innocent one. It has been our policy to do what we can to arouse individual enthusiasm in every undertaking of the college. Just at present it is of the atmost importance that everybody shall go down to Soldiers Field next Saturday with an intense appreciation that then and there is the chance of a college life-time. If therefore a song, or a series of songs, can do even a little to arouse a feeling that the game must be won no matter what the strength of the opponent's eleven, we think that the publication is justified. We regret, deeply, however, that it has proved offensive to heads of the University to whom the undergraduates owe so much.