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We wish to say a kindly word to the freshmen. There exists in Harvard a tendency, or peril which has been called indifference, scepticism and other names are equally indefinite. It shows itself mainly in a frozen demeanor among the upperclassmen toward each other as well as toward the freshmen. Freshmen not being accustomed to such strange ways of evincing affectionate feeling, are troubled by this coldness. We simply give them a word of comfort and warning. They must not be discouraged. The upperclassmen really think a great deal of them, and would show it if they dared. But they are afraid to oppose the college feeling. They have to be cold to their nearest friends even, or else the well-known spirit of indifference, which has held sway so long, will be compelled to seek a kingdom in some other empire less favored than that of Cambridge.

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