EDITOR HARVARD HERALD : As is well known, there have been several attempts among the students, of late years, to provide some means of procuring books and of protecting themselves from extortionate prices. For various reasons, these enterprises have been short-lived, though every one was ready and willing to profit by the advantages they afforded. It seems that the principal reason is, that Mr. Sever always cuts prices for a time so that the enterprising students are unable to successfully compete with him, their capital being limited, and he having other resources upon which to rely, as well as the knowledge that all losses could be soon made up afterwards. It is evident that all the students are desirous that some permanent arrangement could be made and continued, and if all would manifest their desires in a tangible manner, success would be assured. The project has recently been revived by a worthy and capable young man, whose interests are identical with those of the other students, and who wishes only to make slight profits, such as will repay him for his trouble and time. But Mr. Sever has already begun war upon him, and it is evident that only the universal support of the students can carry him safely through. It is to their interest to do this. Mr. Sever is only a business man, to whom the college is not indebted in the slightest, and students who are alive to their own interests should rally to the support of one of their number who is equally obliging and vastly more deserving. I write this solely as a matter of general interest, having no personal interest whatever except such as is shared with all students of the university in common.