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To the Editors of the Crimson:
In your issue of January 16, a communication was printed showing the desirability of having a swimming pool included in the plans of the Harvard Union. Although no further notice was taken of this, [feel sure that the suggestion has the approval of a large majority of those interested in the Union. That Harvard has not a swimming pool for the use of students, while Yale, Princeton, West Point, Pennsylvania and many other colleges are well provided for in this respect, is a state of affairs which is much to be regretted and, I think, to be remedied as soon as possible. Now that the opportunity is present, therefore, why not kill two birds with one stone, by giving the students a much-desired privilege, and by furnishing the Union with a means of drawing the students to it which would be both new and attractive?
A good swimming pool, if included in the original plans of the building, could probably be put in for $3,000. If it should be impossible to supply it with city water, which we are told was what prevented a pool being placed in the Gymnasium, then there is all the more reason for having an artesian well with a good supply of good water for the use of the Union. By this again two objects would be attained, namely, furnishing the Union with water which every one would be willing to use, and obviating the necessity of paying a large sum each year for the water supply of the pool.
It seems to me that the present situation offers peculiar advantages in many respects, which to say the least, should not be neglected. 1901.