Students "Driving Themselves" Sometimes Mislay Cars--One Gained $30 Suing Company
Not the least patronized of all the at tractions offered Harvard men in the Square is that which allures by the exhibitrating "Rent this fine car! And drive it yourself". To many a steering wheel in the hand and a foot on the clutch are synonymous with "Drivurself". In Fords, Chryslers, Buicks and Hudson Broughams Harvard men, in increasing numbers, drive forth daily and nightly for business and pleasure. Around them classic myths have begun to circulate.
"One man took a Ford out one morning and drove to an exam in it," the agent in one of the most popular drive it yourself establishments told a Crimson reporter. "I saw nothing of him until about dinner time. He came in and wanted to rent a car to go to Boston. After looking him over carefully I asked him if he had not taken a car out that morning. Red in the face he boat a hasty retreat in the direction of Memorial Hall, blaspheming exams in general.
"Another man having driven a car away and parked it in the vicinity of a downtown theater rushed in late that night and reported it stolen. When found the next day where it had passed the night in lonely solitude the mileage confirmed the suspicion that it had merely been mislaid'."
But most savory of all "Drivurself" merles is the story of the man whose hired car lead to his "social degradation" when its obstinacy en route to New Haven prevented him from keeping two dates and from seeing the Yale game. In his indignation he sued and now has $30 to his credit in a "Drivurself" concern which sum is to be expended in driving whenever he so desires.
"Still the average student hiring a car is an absolutely dependable chap, and although receiving the expense as bad news, at the end of a trip always is G. K." concluded the obliging agent.