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"The Glorious 17th of March."


[We invite all men in the University to submit communications on subjects of timely interest.]

To the Editors of the CRIMSON:

In a recent issue of one of our College publications appears a communication entitled "The Glorious 17th of March."

If the author of this article, as he suggests, goes in search of humor with a hundred horse-power telescope and a couple of Stetson bloodhounds it is not surprising that he fails in the attempt. Still, such hunting is a quaint conceit.

And then again, was the drawing meant to express humor? Ah, there is a point to consider! If the author remembers Life's "The Glorious Fourth," which perhaps he never saw, he recalls the deep moral uplift of the picture.

Perhaps "The Glorious 17th" was a sermon on home ethics--who knows? Isn't there a sort of heart-string appeal in the placid features of the old man and the worried expression of his spouse? The fact that this group is of a race which the author forgets to name is simply because the 17th of March happened to be the most timely holiday to portray. If the issue had come next month, the "27th of April" would have done, being observed as a holiday among the Madagascans.

As for narrowness, we fear the author of yesterday's communication acquired writer's cramp. Certainly there is no attempt at ridicule, and we doubt if any one of that galaxy of fifteen stellar athletes who clamor at our gates would be so supersensitive as to let a lone cartoon of his race influence his choice of college. If such there be, he is unworthy of the sod which has furnished a greater part of the world's wit and humor. We say this advisedly because by a strange coincidence the man who drew the picture and the president of the board are lineal descendants of St. Patrick themselves, and believe that the opinion voiced in yesterday's communication is not a criterion of the general sentiment of our race in College. R.C. BENCHLEY '12.   A.M. O'SGOOD '11.

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