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To the Editors of the Crimson:

The attitude of Harvard undergraduates with reference to the question of intercollegiate football seems to me to be totally mistaken. I cannot agree with those who say that it is our duty to submit to the desire of the Faculty without a word. There is such a thing as violent, childish kicking against authority; there is also such a thing as a courteous, manly expression of conviction, and how exception can be taken to the latter, I cannot see. In the present instance the Faculty have acted contrary to what undergraduates with practical unanimity believe to be the good of our University. Why should we not say what we think, instead of remaining in a silence that, before the outside world, and especially in the eyes of our own graduates, gives the lie to all that we have professed in the past, of love for the game of football and loyalty to the athletic interests of Harvard? I mention the graduates because I know that a great many of them are anxious to get an expression of undergraduate sentiment on the matter. If there is a single, faint glimmer of hope for football at Harvard, it lies in an emphatic expression of opinion from a large number of graduates, both old and young. But as long as we who are in college seem indifferent - we who are the ones immediately affected by the Faculty's action - how can we expect graduates to muster enthusiasm for us?

Let us, then, in the short time that remains before final action is taken and the last hope is gone, have some strong, sincere, but always courteous, expressions of opinion from undergraduates. These will bring forth, I am sure, an equally vigorous endorsement from graduates, possibly in the form of an informal appeal to the Corporation and Overseers, who, while it may not lie within their province to over-rule directly any action that has been taken, may have sufficient influence to secure what the Athletic Committee has asked - a chance to put a game on the field next fall that will be free from the objections that Faculty and students alike deplore, and to give that game one fair trial.


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