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MANY of us, if not all, are willing to approve the changes in regard to morning prayers. Without being tedious, there is sufficient variety to maintain the interest and at the same time a decorous element of religious directness and force. Under such men as Drs. Hale and Brooks the new regime cannot fail to succeed. It is well, however, to add here a word of caution. The hour of service gives no excuse for any undue haste: it is therefore fitting that a spirit of reverence pervade the hearers. Undue noise in entering the chapel, conversation of any kind in the seats, the unnecessary coughing which ofttimes makes itself conspicuous - all these are breaches of good taste and good breeding which are designed to create an ill impression in the mind of a beholder. Nor ought any one educated in a Christian land fail to wait reverently to the close of the benediction and the responsive amen without motion toward departure. Nothing short of this becomes a house dedicated to the worship of God.

AGAIN comes up the question of the Freshman theatre party; and, with the Advocate, we are heartily opposed to the recurrence of that senseless folly. When first they became the custom, these theatre parties were merely a manifestation of the exhuberant delight of a lot of schoolboys at breaking away from the apron-strings. But nowadays Freshman classes are composed of men so much older and more mature in every way, that they would scorn such an explanation of their acts. They keep up the custom, not because they actually get much enjoyment from its observance - for we believe that most of them have some gentlemanly instincts - but for that most absurd of all reasons, just because it is the custom. Now precedent is all well enough, as long as the first conditions upon which the rule was founded have not altered. But in this case the conditions have altered. Our Freshmen are no longer boys; they aspire to be called men at once upon entering College. And surely there is nothing manly in putting aside all one's instincts of propriety and turning rowdy, - especially when such conduct compromises not merely one's self, but the whole College. The upper classes would indeed have a right to insist upon the non-recurrence again of the outrageous behavior that has heretofore signalized these occasions. But we believe rather in trusting to '85's sense of what is decent and just. Let her only have strength of mind enough to take the initiative in foregoing this discreditable practice of former Freshman classes, and she will commence her career by gaining the respect and admiration of the whole College, and establish a line of conduct which future classes will not be slow to follow.

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