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Without attempting to take up the cudgels in behalf of either the advisory committee on boating or their unknown detractor in the Boston Herald, it seems no more than proper to say a few words about this dispute. To Harvard men it has doubtless seemed unfortunate that it should be given such prominence in the press of Boston. While we fully believe in the dissemination of news, college as well as general, through the medium of the press, there is nothing more deplorable than the tendency of that medium to emphasize and make capital out of personal attacks. Nothing is so strong a reminder in ordinary times of the execrable habit of mud-slinging and vilification, now so common a feature of campaign paper warfare. The articles which have appeared from time to time in the Herald, not only on the subject of boating but on the action of the faculty committee, have contained so many personal allusions of a disagreeable nature, that we feel called upon in the name of the students to protest. We do not take this action as an attempted defence of the advisory committee or any one else, but as exponents of a gentlemanly settlement of difficulties without descending to disagreeable personalities and vilification in public newspapers.

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