To the Editors of the Crimson:
One hesitates to draw attention to an act which shows that a boyish, not to say unmanly, spirit from which we had hoped Harvard was free, still persists among us, if only in the case of individuals. But the meaningless prank which brought to an untimely end the last lecture in English 8 yesterday morning, should not be allowed to pass without comment. It not only prevented the class from hearing the summary and conclusion of a remarkably interesting series of talks on one of the great periods of literature; it was not only an act of gross discourtesy to the gentleman who for several months has given himself earnestly and successfully to the work of discussing that period; it was an insult to the whole class, inasmuch as it assumed that they would be amused by the trick and while the joker remains unknown, leaves them responsible for the act as a body. That act I wish strongly to deplore and I write as a member of English 8 whose feeling in regard to the matter I have found to be generally shared in the course.