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To the Editors of the Crimson:
GENTLEMEN: - In speaking of the yard, Dr. Hill says at the top of page 2 of his "Harvard College by an Oxonian:" "One thing only was wanting - there was not a bench to be found . . . but there was no place for a weary man to sit and rest himself."
It seems to me that this passage contains a suggestion that might well be acted on. Why can we not have some benches in the yard? It is not necessary to mention in detail the pleasure they would afford: every man can imagine that for himself. Lying on the grass, and sitting on the doorsteps in the evenings, are very pleasant, but benches offer certain advantages which these do not possess, especially to those who like to read or study out of doors. And no one who prefers the grass and the steps, as probably most of us would at times, need be compelled to sit on the benches.
If it is objected that the benches would be monopolized by people for whom they are not intended, I think it can be answered that the students themselves can look out for that, or, if necessary, the same valiant and conscientious policeman who stopped the Glee Club from singing in front of Holworthy might be called upon for his services. At all events, I don't think this objection should be allowed to stand in the way.