The weeks which have passed since the April vacation and the first war excitement, have seen many men considering the question of enlistment. Some have left the University, many more have stayed. In fact so many who thought strongly of going have remained behind, influenced by conservative advice, that the few who have gone are not always remembered. A great deal has been well said in advising under-graduates to go slow and consider the legitimate motives for enlisting, a great deal has been ill said in complaint and criticism now that the war is on and it is necessary to carry it to a speedy and successful conclusion. In this flood of outspoken and often tactless conservatism, the under-current of enthusiasm is only too apt to be forgotten.
Now that the men have gone and settled in various branches of the service, in the cavalry, volunteer militia, or naval reserves, it is well to think of them as what they are, patriotic servants of their country. It is hard to say in any single instance, "this man went only through love of adventure," or "that man desired subsequent political advancement," or "such a man has home ties which should have bound him." The question of enlistment is of an individual nature, one which every man has to decide for himself, and speaking generally each individual is the best judge of his responsibilities. Whether one goes or stays, the public must accept his action as for the best in his own estimation.
What we would ask then is for Harvard men, both graduates and undergraduates, to think of their fellows, some of whom are among the present Cuban army of invasion, to thank them for being what they are,- a credit to the University, and to give them their heartiest good wishes.