From T. W. Higginson '41.
To the Editors of the Crimson:
We invite all members of the University to contribute to this column, but we are not responsible for the sentiments expressed.
Allow me as an old graduate and as the first president of the Colonial Club to call attention to the value of that club's experience upon the selection of a site for the proposed Harvard Union.
When the Colonial Club was first formed, great objection was made to its site on Quincy street as not a convenient one in any respect. It was claimed that the expanse of the College Yard separated it from Ward One and that it was only accessible by rail from other parts of the city. Even the Warren estate, now proposed for the Harvard Union, was urged as being more desirable, and an unavailing effort was made to buy it. Nevertheless the location has turned out to be a most desirable one; not only do the College professors and graduates, who live mostly in Ward One, employ the club-house a great deal, a good many of the unmarried ones boarding there; but it draws members without difficulty for its "smoke-talks" and other gatherings from all parts of Cambridge. Besides all this, its hall is constantly in demand for receptions and dances.
Of course the two cases are not precisely parallel, but these facts indicate, first, that a club-house creates in some degree its own centre and, secondly, that Quincy street is found an available position for such a centre. It is close to the College Yard on one side and sufficiently near the electric cars on the other side. All this experience is of value for the proposed Harvard Union also.
Due consideration should also be paid to the fact that there is a garden spot around the Warren House, which is not to be found or easily created about the localities on Harvard square. Those who have visited the Oxford Union will not easily forget the attraction added to the club-house by this combination, even on a small scale. T. W. HIGGINSON '41.