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To the Editors of the CRIMSON:--
Consistency is, in these days of world stress, with their inevitable appeal to feeling and prejudice, a quality of mind difficult to maintain, but none the less, on that account, to be desired. It seems that no one who has thoughtfully read the editorial columns of the issues of the CRIMSON for Friday and Saturday of last week can fail to have been struck by the fundamental discrepancy in the attitude reflected in these two successive numbers. We are first assured, under the heading "Harvard Internationalism," that "it is refreshing to reflect that some of the great universities of the world are still left to promote international good-feeling and tolerance"; and emphasis is laid upon the tolerance, non-partisanship and freedom from prejudice which characterize the attitude of Harvard University toward the participants in the great European conflict. Nay, we are led to believe that "our error is far more often on the side of indifference than of intolerance." What must be the astonishment of the thoughtful reader when the next issue of the CRIMSON not only points out, in a tone of evident pride and satisfaction, that the institution on the Charles has, among the leading educational institutions of America, distinguished itself above all others for the participation of its members in the Great War, on the side of France; but also declares, in the most emphatic manner, that this highly unnatural conduct constitutes an inestimable service to "mankind, their country, and their College"! On behalf of "those who have risked, and in some cases lost, their lives in the great cause of humanity" is sounded the final appeal: "Let us, then, do our best to render them just honor and homage." Surely, if our country were engaged in a life-and-death struggle with the Central Powers, this fact could scarcely be more distinctly applied, nor could the supreme merit attaching to every possible sacrifice entailed for the sake of crushing these adversaries be more emphatically heralded, than in this editorial comment of Harvard's leading student publication! K. G. DARLING 3G.
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