A Police Captain Reminisces on the Riots of the Good Old Days

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1946 Crimson

Every Friday, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

April 26, 1902: Emperor William's Thanks

President Eliot has just received from the Embassy of the United States at Berlin the following letter which explains itself: BERLIN, April 14, 1902.

"Dr. Charles W. Eliot. President of Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts:

"Dear Sir: Referring to my letter of the 7th instant, I have much pleasure in informing you that I had the honor of being received by the German Emperor yesterday, and of presenting to His Majesty in person the "Vote of Thanks" passed by yourself and the Fellows of Harvard College in acknowledgment of the notice given by His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Prussia of the generous gift which His Majesty proposes to send to Harvard University for the Germanic Museum."

April 27, 1933: Just as Many Students Jailed Now as Ever

"I've been here for 34 years and I haven't seen one real riot," said Captain J. J. Donohue of the Brattle Street Police Station yesterday. "In the old days there used to be a lot more fun," he added. "There was more money and more spirit in Harvard then, with fraternity initiations and traditional Freshman brawls.

"The Harvard man of today is essentially the same as he was twenty years ago," declared Captain Donohue, "but the dying out of the fraternities and the oncome of Prohibition have done away with most of the old time spirit of fun. Why, in the old days the lads would drink two or three quarts of champagne and a few bottles of real heavy P. B. ale and then go out and have a great time. You know it's only ten years since the old tradition of Bloody Monday passed away. That was a great old Freshman tradition. On the first Monday of October the fellows would gather in the Square. Someone would knock off another man's hat and the fun would begin, usually ending with a few real fights and a few Freshmen in the cooler."

April 25, 1947: Ex-GIs, Non-Vets Got Same Grades in Fall Semester

Veterans and non-veterans were about equal scholastically during the fall semester, University statistics disclosed yesterday.

Of the 5,059 students at the College whose January grades were tabulated, 29.7 percent attained B or higher averages, and thus finished in the first three ranks.

April 26, 1956: Pusey Tells Alumni That University Requires $40 Million for Buildings

In what he called his "most serious and important speech" since assuming Harvard's presidency, Nathan M. Pusey told the most prominent alumni audience he will address all year that the University requires at least $40 million to carry on a badly needed building program.

April 27, 1979: Librarian Considers Proposal To Install Carpeting in Lamont

Squeak. Squeak.

Lawrence J. Kipp. recently-appointed College librarian, said yesterday he is considering a proposal from library staff to carpet Lamont Library.

Kipp said if he approves the recommendation, work will begin this summer at an estimated cost of $50,000, depending on the amount of floor space to be carpeted.

Jane R. Morhardt, assistant librarian of Lamont, said yesterday notes in the library's suggestion box indicate students' largest complaint about Lamont is the squeaky floors.

—Compiled by Nikita Kansra and Julie M. Zauzmer.

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