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Such an exhibition as that of yesterday in Memorial Hall is a shame and a disgrace to the college to which the participants belong. It would not be so bad if the results of such boorishness attached alone to the men who took part in the affair, but the misfortune of the whole matter lies in the fact that the good name and repute of Harvard must suffer. Even the man who, filled with disgust, must sit in quiet while the performance is going on, feels that he too will be held responsible by the outside world from the mere fact that he belongs to the college where the affair takes place.

To some men the suppression of such a practice means more than the success of the hall itself. Many will feel that their self-respect demands that they leave an institution which cannot enforce upon its members the behavior which characterizes gentlemen. It becomes merely a stubborn contest between those who believe that Harvard men should in all cases and under all circumstances, behave like gentlemen and those who doubt this and express their doubt by their actions. In such a contest, we regret to say, the latter seem at present to have the advantage, but we hope that the action of the management backed by the good sense of the students will soon put down this practice which has already attracted the comments of the outside world.

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