It is an annually recurring duty of the CRIMSON to urge all members of the university to join the Co-operative Society. The urging ought not to be, and perhaps is not, necessary. Every Harvard man should recognize what is unquestionably true, that no society of the university has been more useful and beneficial to Harvard students than the Co-operative Society, and that therefore no society so much as it deserves the hearty co-operation of all who boast themselves Harvard men. Prices in Cambridge are high enough to-day to satisfy those most prone to expenditure; but they are by no means so high as they were several years ago, before the Co-operative Society was formed. Indeed, to this society Harvard men are now owing an economy in college expenses, which had been impossible before the society's existence. It is our unpleasant task to recall the embarrassments which fell upon the society last spring. Let it be hoped, as it may well be expected, that no such embarrassments will occur again. The interest which prevailed at that time and by which the Co-operative was saved an inglorious fall, is good evidence of how the society was appreciated. But let this appreciation be shown this year, and at once. Hearty and immediate support is the society's due. Harvard interests and Harvard pride should be enough to move every man in Harvard University to become a member of Harvard's most useful society. Freshmen who are at all reluctant about becoming members may well do away with all their reluctance, and feel assured that in joining the Co-operative Society they are doing what they can never regret.
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