The eighty-eight board has left the Advocate, and in leaving has launched forth a bitter criticism against the management of the CRIMSON. We have a great respect for the opinions of our sister paper, knowing that she always says what she means and says it well. But in this case she has been a little ungenerous-nay, unjust. If the gentleman who wrote that stinging editorial will turn to past files of the CRIMSON he will see that the paper has greatly improved typographically. Accidents will happen occasionally, of course; but the general appearance is superior to that of past volumes. As for the charge of our not leading or making opinion, we deny its truth in the first place. There are comparatively few men in college who read the editorials-not because they are not worth reading, but because it is a "bore" to do so. Besides it is the fashion here at Harvard to mock and jeer and rail at the college papers. The Advocate must know that by experience. But we claim that those who do read our editorials are influenced by them, as we can prove by the communications which we receive daily.
The Advocate goes on to say that the CRIMSON, "compared with the Yale News, contains very little readable matter." The two cases are not exactly comparable. In the first place the Yale News does not confine itself strictly to college news, as does the CRIMSON; secondly, the News receives much greater financial support, not only from the undergraduates but from the graduates. This is an instance of the great and powerful "college spirit" which exists at Yale in contradistinction to the spirit of indifference here at Harvard. This same college spirit is what makes Yale victorious over us in athletics; it applies just as well to literary rivalry. The editors of the Yale News are practically paid of their work, since a large surplus is divided among them at the close of every year. That is an inducement to work for the paper, which lack of graduate financial support prevents our having here. There are fifty competitors for the Yale News where the CRIMSON has ten. The Advocate should understand this, since she herself has wept over and bemoaned the indifferent spirit among Harvard men.
The announcement that a new daily is to be started here does not alarm us in the least, for we think we can hold our own. But if the CRIMSON should be "run out of circulation," as the Advocate evidently desires, then we shall be content to admit the superiority of our rival and to take a back seat. Lack of space forbids further discussion; but we assure our friends that we shall continue to do everything in our power to improve the paper, and we wish our would-be rivals every success.