Nocturnal Brawl In Snow Shatters Stillness of Yard
"Nothing serious, just blowing off a little steam after studying for exams," was Chief Alvin R. Randall's comment last night about the brawl between "townies" and freshmen which developed from a friendly snowfall Friday night. The skirmish brought the Yard's midnight constabulary and several proctors out into the Yard to break it up.
At first the action was an inter-dorm affair. Some 50 men were battling it out purely for sport but Sergeant Toomey sensed "inherent evil" and broke it up. Several stayed in the Yard however, and began to build a snow woman. A group of Cambridge high schoolers who were wandering through the Yard made what the Harvard men felt were "impolite advances" towards their work of art and after an exchange of opinions there was violence.
One minor injury resulted. Eliot Taylor '52 received several brisk kicks in the head and perhaps suffered a mild brain concussion.
While things were relatively quiet, someone from Thayer took a successful potshot with a snowball at one of the Yard cops. The startled officer dashed after the prankster and both disappeared into Thayer's Middle entry.