The newest edition of the Harvard Lampoon, which out-Esquires that noble men's magazine and carries its burlesque to great lengths, has been adjudged unfit for the gaze of virtuous Bostonese. So the metropolitan censors have it banned as indecent from Boston newsstands.
The Harvard men can have their squabbles with the police and censors if they want to. Most of Boston censorship is so silly that more words are wasted in futile attempts to defend it from a reasonable point of view than Harvey Allen could include in a novel. It's Harvard's worry that the Athens of America is surrounded by barbarians and prudes unresponsive to their culture.
The significant feature of the banning, is that no action against the Lampoon has been taken by Harvard authorities. What might undermine the Boston sense of propriety is adjudged fit for undergraduate consumption. The Harvard Corporation and administration at least conscientiously follow liberal policies in their control of the undergraduate presses. The university comic is not banned by those who are most sensitive to the reflections it may cast on undergraduate wit there.
Such a rare and welcome contrast to current attitudes of other college authorities is to be commended. With other college papers and magazines being suspended with much less cause by oversensitive legislators, Harvard at least can say, "We appeal to college men who are expected to be mature enough to think for themselves, requiring university advisors, not mental policemen." Again Harvard shows a clear and sensible attitude, rather than a follow the leader impulse. Brown Daily Herald.