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Certain statements concerning the aptitude of mankind for error have long become established in that nobility of stalwart sententiousness, the cliche. There is, then, no cogent reason for reasserting the truth that even editorial writers have momentary lapses from the plane of virtue, not to say, taste,
A few weks ago the CRIMSON upon a Monday morning sent forth an edition containing in an inconspicuous but definitely discernable place an editorial on the Yale Chapel. The editorial was written, if the whole truth must appear, by a candidate, vised by a segued under editor and allowed to insult, as well the intelligence and taste of Harvard, as well the intelligence and taste of Harvard, as that of Yale. The Daily News did not hesitate to fly, even at the expense of grammar, in the face of the CRIMSON with a violent editorial closing with a prayer of thanksgiving that the writer was not as one must believe, either a candidates for the Crimson, a fatigued under editor, or forgiving and investigating soul.
Nor was he alone in his ire. From public print to public print the story went and was made much of, fondled by those who see in college the best kind of news, flutor unfit to print. Last Sunday the trivial little editorial was used as the text for a sermon. Perhaps is was only asking sanctuary, like the hero of Galsworthy's new play. At all events it received little. The gentleman of the clergy was strong in his denunciation. And he was not completely wrong.
There is a limit of friendly criticism beyond which a college paper has no right to go. That limit may, in a sense, be described as the personal. Various affliction and blessings of a particular college are hers peculiarly hers uniquely. Nor is it the duty or should it be the pleasure of any other, to describe her duties in regard to these afflictions and blessings. The CRIMSON has no more right to adjust Yale's Chapel system than has Yale to regulate Harvard's tutorial system. And when one satirizes the other in such a case, then, not alone the canons of good judgment, but the less easily defined rules of good taste have been shattered.
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