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To the Editors of the Crimson:
In reply to the many criticisms in regard to the subject of the next Yale-Harvard Debate we wish to state that Harvard had nothing to do with the selection of the question. Yale gave Harvard the choice of the question which was debated here, with the implied understanding that they should have the same privilege granted to them when the debate was at Yale.
The present subject was the only one which the Yale committee thought would give them satisfaction. But the matter will be brought up at the next meeting of the Harvard Union and steps will be taken to change the subject if possible.
COMM. OF HARVARD UNION.To the Editors of the Crimson:
I wish through your columns to call the attention of the authorities to the matter of light in the Reading Room in Gore Hall. It is a matter of grave importance. Men who have never before been troubled with their eyes now find them troublesome, and those with weak eyes are making them weaker. Many men have to do almost all, and some all, their reading during the day in this room. The stack gives relief to only a few and to those for only a part of their work.
A glance at the number of men straining their eyes there any afternoon, particularly after half-past three, would be an instructing sight to an officer of the University, especially if he should sit down and realize the danger, by attempting to do some careful reading in a book, perhaps in a foreign language and with poor and discolored paper. Now let this officer or wealthy alumnus think that a large number of men are straining their eyes in this dim light for four to six hours, six days in the week. More and more the library is becoming the work-shop of the University. Imagine for a moment the men working in the chemical and physical laboratories behind ground glass set in windows, obscured outside by higher buildings and inside by partitions.
We are told we must wait for the new reading room. Meanwhile shall men go on every day seriously injuring their eyes? The officers of the library realize the trouble and are considerate of others and patient themselves.
May we however suggest to them or the proper officials that plain glass would be a great step in advance. If sunlight would be troublesome, clear glass could at least be put on the east side.
A second suggestion would beg still earlier time for the taking out of reserved books.