The professorial branch of Harvard's personnel has long been inclined to regard newspaper publicity not only as vulgar, stupid, and crass, but, so one may conclude from the foregoing, as annoyingly pertinent. It was with poorly concealed intent to touch this inner spring that the CRIMSON inaugurated it's Harvard Portraits. There seems to have been some, misunderstanding: in the course of the past week Professors Burkhard and Morison have been espied, carrying large wads of CRIMSONS under their arms.
* * *
The mention of Professorial Dignity recalls an incident which occurred during the summer. It appears that M. Jean-Marie Chalifour, citizen of France and instructor in Harvard's French Department, awoke one sultry A.M. to find in his mail box a communication from the city of Cambridge. It was apparently the intent of some minion to inform M. Chalifour that he owed a $2.00 poll tax.
Now, M. Chalifour was unacquainted with the customs of the land, and he decided to enclose a check with his note of objection. He wrote: "It is incredible that a Nation like America should descend so low as to collect taxes from the untaxable. Kindly return this check soon as you have ascertained that I am not a citizen and cannot vote."
Bright and early the following morn he had his answer--a formal receipt, nothing more.
Then M. Chalifour hied himself to his desk and composed the following: "I shall vote, I do not know whom to vote for, I do not care. I shall simply vote for someone whose name is not too unpronounceable. And if the great American Government questions me I shall wave, fiaunt, thrust under its nose, my cancelled check and my receipt. I, Jean-Marie Chalifour, citizen of France, will vote in Cambridge, U. S. A. I may even sell my vote to some unhappy politician who needs it. For two dollars I would vote for anyone. For three dollars I would vote twice. America, indeed!"
Mr. Chalifour seems to have caught on.
* * *
In glancing over the list of University Preachers we chanced upon the name and titles of Rev. Mr. Charles R. Brown, who is Dean Emeritus of the Yale Divinity School, and who will preach in the Chapel on November 26. And we were reminded of the fine legends with which Mr. Lucius Beebe was accustomed to clothe the Rev. Mr. Brown. According to this saga, Mr. Brown was an "Ecclesiastical Barnum," who brightened his heyday by acquiring a considerable skill in ventriloquism. It appears that it is never difficult for a preacher to evoke attention from his audience by calling out upon the heavens and its inmates. But, if Mr. Lucius Beebe is to be credited, The Rev. Mr. Brown used not only to call out, but to receive appropriate answers as well.
Unfortunately, if we remember correctly, Mr. Lucius Beebe, in his prime, has been as much the subject as the promulgator of legend.
* * * YALE TO OPEN ITS 23d YEAR THIS MORNING N. Y. Heraid-Tribune headline.