EDITORS HARVARD HERALD: There is probably no institution of Harvard University with which less fault can be found than the gymnasium. But lately there has grown up a grievance there which well deserves the condemnation it receives. I refer to the insufficient supply of hot water in the bath-rooms. I do not know exactly what time the hot water gives out, but I know that no man on the '85 crew has been able to find a drop of warm water for some time, and I believe some of the other crews find things the same way. There are lots of other men who stop exercising promptly when the bell rings, who yet are obliged to take a cold bath or none. Of course they might leave off exercising sooner, but the crews have to be there at certain times and stay till their work is finished.
Dr. Sargent has prescribed tepid baths for the majority of the students, and in most cases they are undoubtedly the best; but such prescription is of little value when the only bath one can get is about equivalent to being rubbed down with ice. To many persons excessively cold baths are not only very disagreeable, but positively injurious. In fact I believe the shock given by very cold water to a person heated by exercise, is not good for any one.
But I do not believe there is need of saying more. The evil can easily be remedied and doubtless will be, when its extent is fairly represented to the director of the gymnasium. Any one who has had the experience that I have had with these icy baths will testify that I have not stated the case too strongly.