Last July, the Senate of the United States was treated to an exhibition of the letter-writing skill of the supporters of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy Senator Mike Monroney (D. Okia.) had received this mail when he questioned the propriety of McCarthy's investigation of top-secret Central Intelligence Agency, Among other things, Monroney was called a "Red," a "scum bag," a "traitor," a "rat" and a "nozzle-head." Since the CRIMSON'S editorial telling McCarthy to "put up or shut up" on his charge about Communist professors at Harvard was reported nationally and internationally we have been getting some "pan mail" from some of these people. Some of it is reproduced below:
Your Editorial clearly is in line with the general policy of Harvard and your new President will not give it additional greatly achieved greatness for he too long has pussy-footed on dangerous ground.
Harvard has long forgotten how to teach fundamentals of loyalty and construction but leans to Social give-me's continually seeking loop-holes for its excuses for the tearing down of great ideals.
Should Harvard cease to function today its part in Community activities would not even be missed for it co-operates with no one. Ruth Davis Boston
Some of your Profs are on probation. Why?
Read Sidney Hook in New York Times Magazine of Nov. 1st.
Harvard, Columbia, California, Chicago et al have a very unsavory record on reds.
I refer you to Harvard Alumni Bulletin of Feb 7, 1953. Statements by Prof's Chaffee Jr. and Sutherland.
Any hurt Harvard has suffered is because of inertia in the face of the obvious.
The whole trouble started in 1953 when that Great Harvard grad F.D.R. recognized Russia. The average man on the street knew better. (unsigned)
'Death to Traitors'
So you don't like Sen. Joseph r. McCarthy its too late now, because even we the common people are wise to you reds and instruments of the red conspiracy here in the U.S. There are plenty of red profs in Harvard and other colleges too. There are also plenty of reds among the students and their newspapers too like yours for example.... Their beliefs are not harmless political ones but it is part of a red conspiracy now being broken up by the patriotic Americans of our nation who have opened the eyes of all of us who up to about 2 years ago were blind as bats. Its red trash. Remember Pink Felix Frankfurter came from Harvard as did many exposed reds. Of the red cell of which the Crimson is an important part is still there but not for long.
We the working classes have also been aroused to this big lie. You fooled the Russians, Czechs, Poles et all but not us Americans. Some day we will free them too by 'liberation! If only you could hate the reds as you did the Nazis, Japs and Fascists, you "piece" loving appeasers you. Death to all you traitors we say. Angrily, N.Y. American Family
P.S. We thank Americans like McCarthy, Jenner, MacAurthur, McCarran, Fulton Lewis Jr., Paul Harvey, Hearst, Carthy, Jenner, MacArthur, McCarran, Pegler and others of this patriotic calibre for opening our eyes.
'Red Like Crimson'
Dear CRIMSON Editor:
"Though they BE RED LIKE CRIMSON"
It seems to the general public that it is no fault of Professor Wendell Furry that you fellows at Harvard have not acquired a decided red tinge. Who knows but what the bewhiskered prophet Isaiah had your paper in mind when he wrote as above.
Ever hear CRIMSON, The old school yell?
"Red is for Haaarvoord, Blue is for Yale, We are the boys that win by mail, Correspondence School, Correspondence School, Correspondence School."
And say CRIMSON, what kind of guts has a guy got who falls back on the fifth amendment when his loyalty is under fire? Your reaction, may I say, to Senator McCarthy's legitimate inquiry is like that of the rest of the RED sympathizers including the bewhiskered gentry of the Presbyterian--General Assembly. As a Presbyterian who has served in the U.S. Army I am keeping my membership in spite of the above so as to be better able to fight those skunks who think more of the Kremlin than they do of the good old USA. Never a word of sympathy from them or old Furry regarding our boys who has prisoners of war suffered bamboo stabs all over their body (see this week's Newsweek) in their fight for the skunks above.
Harry Truman gave our wonderful Douglas McArthur a dirty deal in favor of the Commies. What a happy band of pilgrims when you and he march onward back to Moscow. Goodbye now. Good marching across the steppes. Harry is a great walker.
From now on I hope the Groton kids will look farther afield than dear old Haarvoord when they graduate to higher fields of learning. Sincerely Earnest Briars Rochester, New York
'McCarthy Is Right'
To the editors of the CRIMSON:
I am a strong supporter of Harvard. My only brother, 1909, all three of my sons, 1932, '36 and '44 my son-in-law '28, and my grandson '52, are Harvard men. But in the case of Communists teaching at Harvard, Sen. McCarthy is right, and Harvard is then holly wrong. Wendell Furry has defied the United States Government and refused to answer questions on the ground that to do so would tend to incriminate him thereby proclaiming himself unfit to teach. How long would Harvard tolerate a criminal in its student body? Sincerely, Helen Lee Woodward West Orange, New York