"In regard to a wholesome moral atmosphere, Harvard has never ranked very high; and she is certainly not improving at present."- Chicago Intelligence.
The above quotation forms a part of a general attack upon Harvard life, especially its tendency to lay great stress upon athletic contests. Much as we deem the writer of the article egregiously ignorant about our affairs, there can be no doubt that Harvard is not exempt from the evils which always beset a large body of society-composed entirely of men, but that is no particular fault of ours. What can be laid at our door is a certain triviality in dealing with affairs, and a provinciality in regard to the outside world, but great as has been the misfortune occasioned by such ignorance, it is not true that no improvement is visible. No one who entered college four years ago can help remarking the change which has come over the spirit of our life-a concrete example of which is shown in the enthusiasm with which Prof. Adler was greeted at the close of his discourse the other evening. We have heard enough from outside journals on our follies and immorality, and if such articles did not tend to injure our reputation among parents we would gladly pass them by, but as such is the case we must notice them in the hope that our denial may reach the eyes of those who have been persuaded against us. Then they will investigate, and will see that the ignorant news gatherer has been greatly in error, whether maliciously or not we cannot say.