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Complaint is sometimes made of the small number of men who usually attend any ordinary class meeting, and the usual moral of Harvard indifference is in most cases drawn from this circumstance. It has been suggested that the late practice indulged in by some of the classes of calling meetings merely for the purpose of collecting money and paying off debts is the more important cause of poor attendance at these meetings. Of course this should not have any weight in deterring men from meetings, but, it is claimed, unhappily it does have weight. Perhaps a little more care and adroitness on the part of those whose unhappy duty it is to canvass for subscriptions could devise a better and less dangerous way of accomplishing their ends!

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