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MEMORIAL HALL TOWER.

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EDITORS HARVARD HERALD: Aroused by an article in the last Advocate, we determined to see Memorial Tower. Thursday we visited it, and shall not soon forget its beauties, nor its coal-gas, either. By the kindness of the "warden of the tower" we were allowed to pass through the forbidden door "into the loft." This abounds in unfinished woodwork and undisturbed dust. Through the middle runs the picturesque ventilator, which might be converted into an elevator for passengers to the tower (two cents a trip). After much climbing we reach the balcony (where the pigeon holes are), and here the elevator ends and the misery from coal-gas begins. After climbing an almost perpendicular ladder for about thirty feet through the "top-loft," we pass through the last of the many trap-doors and stand upon the summit of "our boarding house." Although it was raining at the time of our visit, yet the "view" made us wish to camp up there for a week and live on the scenery. We say with the Advocate that the tower should be opened. However, we might wait until the few necessary repairs are made - a few hundred dollars' worth. The Advocate asks three questions in answer to the reasons given by the faculty for closing the tower: "Why could not the part to be opened to visitors be kept clean? Why could not smoking be strictly forbidden? Why could not extra insurance rates be met by charges for each person?" We would respectfully re-enforce the questions of the Advocate by the following three: Why was the stairway so constructed that it runs through all the dirty part of the tower? Why will men wish to do just what they are forbidden to do? Why could not some waiters be detailed to take the "gate-money" and to keep general peace up in the tower during the visiting hours?

D. U.

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