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(The Crimson invites all men in the University to submit signed communications of timely interest. It assumes no responsibility, however, for sentiments expressed under this head and reserves the right to exclude any whose publication would be palpably inappropriate.)
To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
I have just read Lieut-Col. Theodore Roosevelt's statement, and the CRIMSON'S editorial, concerning the organization of a branch of the "American Legion" at Harvard.
I am glad that the CRIMSON has brought to our attention the fact that each ex-service college man should become primarily a member of an organization or "camp" in his own home community--that is a good point; but I am sorry that the CRIMSON has not seen fit to recommend the organization of a branch or separate "Harvard Legion" to be composed of members, or members-to-be, of the "American Legion" who happen at any time to be in Harvard.
I am also glad that the "Legion" is to be non-partisan. Without the least bit of partisanship, but with purely American principles, we can find plenty to think about and plenty to do. It is our duty to lend our support and our influence to purely American ideals. I do not mean that I think America's fighting men to be reactionary in their policies. They are not. But I do believe they are the sort that will oppose certain agitators who uphold doctrines which in other countries resulted in revolution,--doctrines which oppose the system of government under which we fought, and under which our fore-fathers fought. More than once since I returned from France have I seen or heard things that were insults. They were insults not only to the cause for which we fought, but to our comrades whom we left wrapt in the sacred soil of France. It is our duty to see that their graves are not trampled upon. MARSHALL A. THOMPSON uC.
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