The first number of the Harvard Democrat appeared Saturday. The paper is a large four-page sheet, illustrated with photographs of the Democratic candidates, Mr. Bryan and Mr. Stevenson, Senator James K. Jones, and E. L. Logan, president of the Harvard Democratic Club. Letters from Senator Jones and Mr. Adlai E. Stevenson, congratulating the editors of the Democrat for their efforts in producing the paper and wishing the plan success, occupy prominent places on the front page.
The editorial is a direct attack on the policy of the Republican party at the present time. The actions and sayings of prominent Republicans are criticized as being in direct defiance of all accepted principles of our government. One point constantly dwelt upon is the change of policy by the Republican party during the last year or two. Inconsistencies are exposed and fallacies rebuked. The methods by which the American people can rid themselves of the supposed obligations imposed by the military possession of Cuba and the Philippines, is touched upon.
The best part of the paper is Col. T. W. Higginson's article defining imperialism, which he considers the one great issue of the campaign. The main purpose of the article is to give the Harvard man, who is voting for the first time, advice on the main question at stake. The recent actions of England are compared with the intentions of the Republican party, and are used as arguments to prevent Americans from imitating their English cousins. The article is powerful and convincing.
Mr. Erving Winslow, Secretary of the Anti-Imperialist League, has written a letter to the Democrat, which is more of a persuasive appeal than an argument. An article by Mr. George F. Washburn, President of the Bryan Club of Massachusetts, completes the number.