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To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
In his special interview in Thursday morning's CRIMSON, Professor Hart very clearly points out that General Leonard Wood '84 should have the support of every Harvard Republican. I should like strongly to endorse Professor Hart's views. At the present time a great many Harvard men are uncertainly casting around trying to decide where they stand politically. Inherently Republicans, and inherently standing for clean politics and the best type of candidates, they have heard and read so much befogging news about party politics and party interests that they fear to step boldly forward as Republicans or to the support of any one of the openly declared candidates. Most of the hesitancy is due to lack of knowledge both about the party and about the individuals in it. It was the same sort of uncertainty which made hundreds of Harvard men, nominally Republicans, cast Democratic votes in 1912 and 1916, in the vain hope of lifting the country out of this "political maze."
When our fathers and grandfathers were our age there was no indefiniteness in their minds as to whether they wanted to belong to one party or the other--they belonged--and, belonging, they felt that what the party did was of vital importance to them and that they took a part in its doings. They knew what was what politically.
Today the average University man knows so much in a general way that he knows little particularly, especially politically. In consequence, he throws his energy here and there in a vain effort to land on the "side of right." He fears to attach himself to any cause which may be criticised adversely, and in consequence he often fails to grasp his opportunity for being a real factor in his country's political life. This group is not limited to the men in the universities; it reaches much farther and includes unfortunately the majority of the young men of the business and professional world. Leonard Wood believes in getting into the midst of things. He has always been a man of action. He has always believed in declaring his views openly. He works with the tools at hand; he does not say "I cannot do my work because I have not been given the proper tools." He believes in our system of Party Government, and, being a Republican, that the way to attack our present problems is through the Republican party. He is progressive, not a reactionary.
I believe firmly that every Harvard Republican can endorse General Wood with absolute freedom and feel that his election would be the best thing that could happen to the country. I believe every Harvard Republican would endorse General Wood if he knew intimately the character of man Leonard Wood is.
The Leonard Wood League was organized for the purpose of giving the country accurate knowledge of the kind of man General Wood is. There are a considerable number of members of that League in the University, and some of them plan to organize a branch of the League here with the view of awakening the University to the fact here within its own gates there is a man better fitted than any other to guide the nation through the next Presidential period.
Men who are interested in forming such a branch are urged to send their names to me at my office at the H. A. A. PAUL WTTHINOTON.