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The number of the CRIMSON which was issued Thursday, Sept. 30, contained a statement of the recent agitation in the city of Cambridge in favor of a change in the present arrangement of post offices. As was then explained, an effort has been made this fall so to change the present post offices that business men in the lower part of the city can have their mail addressed to Cambridge instead of to Cambridgeport. The first plan proposed, that of changing the name of this district to Old Cambridge in order that the down town district might obtain the much coveted name of Cambridge met with prompt, and it seems to us, just indignation, from the residents of this part of the town, who feel that the name is too firmly bound to the locality by long use and association to be so lightly cast off.
As a result of this protest, however, a second plan was proposed, which was nothing less than the removal of the Harvard square post office entirely, and the substitution of a central office, either in Cambridgeport or half way between central square and Harvard square. To this plan we wished to call attention, as it was very evident that such an arrangement would do the college district a practical injury. The first plan was undesirable chiefly for sentimental reasons. The second one demanded perhaps still more careful attention, because its results would be exceedingly practical. The time of delivery of mails would be affected, as we pointed out before, and in other ways the College would feel the change materially.
The centralization of the business, or its continuance in separate offices as at the present are matters of no moment to the members of the University. The essential point is to keep the office close at hand in Harvard square, delivery service and all. The statement of the postmaster, therefore, that, even though there be but one office, it will remain in this neighborhood, is perfectly satisfactory. It only remains to be on the lookout lest further developments occasion a change in the present purpose of the Department.
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