An opportunity such as is now offered for a Harvard encampment this summer, is altogether too good to be lost. It is to be supposed that the greater number of those who have joined the drill companies have done so in order to be ready for service if required. They must inevitably realize that two weeks in camp as the nearest approach to actual service, would prove of more practical value than months of maneuvering here in Cambridge. Moreover, the little inconveniences of even the luxurious Boxford Camp might serve to take the edge off the ardor of featherbed soldiers, and thus prevent inefficient enlistment.
For some time several of those most interested in the Harvard Battalion have been anxious to give the men an opportunity of going into camp, but there seemed no possibility of its fulfillment owing to the expense entailed. Thanks to the State authorities and the liberality of several individuals this expense has now been reduced to a very reasonable living cost, and whether the camp is a success or not, now rests entirely with the undergraduates. For our part we feel confident that many more than the requisite number will be glad of the chance to put themselves on an equal footing with militiamen and be ready for service.