If the University is counting on the pleasure and honor of entertaining the West Point war lords next fall when they arrive en masse from their Hudson stronghold to cheer on their gridiron team against Harvard in the Stadium October 20 it must first of all throw its gauntlet into the arena in opposition to such a rival as Governor Fuller. For it seems that both Massachusetts in general and Boston in particular have social designs on the Army cadets when they invade the East to display their vocal enthusiasm in the Harvard stands.
Governor Fuller, Secretary of War Davis, and W. J. Bingham, Director of Harvard Athletics, are unanimously of the opinion that the general public of Boston would get an edifying thrill out of witnessing the drill of the West Point corps on Boston Common the morning of the day of the game. Even at this early date negotiations are being made with the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy. Furthermore, it is a tentative proposal that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts be given the privilege of being host to the 1200 cadets at a luncheon at the Commonwealth Armory after the proposed drill.
It is perfectly obvious that something must be done if the University is to make the acquaintance or even see the glorified young militarists except during the game. In addition to the probable promenade en grande tenue and the luncheon there is a rumor that Boston hostesses and debutantes are eagerly anticipating the appearance of military full dress, resplendent with gold braid, epaulets, and decorations, in Hub salons, salles-a-manger, and ball-rooms. In view of this situation, gratifying as the Boston hospitality promises to be, the University will undoubtedly view with alarm the usurpation of its prerogatives as a host.