Trial by Epithet
To the Editor of the Transcript: for June 6.
The recent "editorial" which the press quoted from the Harvard Crimson, to the effect that the custom of honoring the dead on Memorial Day is "wearisome," and that the Sargent murals in Widener Library are "offensive to humanity," is creating the usual impression--that this reflects the average Harvard undergraduate.
That is far from the case, as any resident coming in contact with Harvard boys can testify.
In this connection, it may be well to point out that in 1917 we had at Harvard some few of the same type of various young ass that wrote this "editorial" yet in such a small minority that they were entirely lost sight of when Harvard men began to flock to the colors.
No better proof of the fact that this "editorial" is entirely out of step with the opinion of the average Harvard boy can be had than by listening to their comments on the Crimson article: they simply dismiss it as the ranting of some addle-pate who has been reading some cynical books, and is trying to show how terribly "intellectual" he has become through the reading.
It is not surprising to find that sort of editorial in a college paper, because undergraduate editors have a flair for making asses of themselves from time to time. The surprising thing is that adults bother to take it seriously instead of ignoring it as the students themselves do. E. Waldo Long Boston Transcript