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To the Editor of the Crimson:
To the crusading Boston Traveler all thanks must be given, for by them alone has Boston's existing momentous 'teen-age problem been brought to light. It has come to pass that in Boston, using the words of the Traveler, "tall, well-built girls wearing slacks and short coats, spend their evenings wandering about the Boston Common." They have long hair waving down past their shoulders and their faces are prettily made up. They smile provocatively and giggle as they pass the shore patrol on their way into the Boston Common. To use the exact words of the Traveler, they are "the friendliest girls in the world."
They pass into the Common and then sit down to wait. After not very long, they are walking up a grassy hill hanging onto a sailor's arm. The surprise and distress which this one revelation brought to me cannot easily be conveyed. To say the least, I was struck with abhorrence.
The paper went on to quote the "shore patrol boys" as saying, "There'll be a little necking, but if it goes any farther, though, we'll stop them. We try to warn them as we go up--whistle or make noise."
It was when I read the above statement that I decided something would have to be done. I can say with true sincerity that I never expected to hear of any such thing in Boston. Please don't miscontrue me; I don't mean to disapprove of what the "shore patrol boys" do. What I mean to say is that I can't understand why a boy and girl would carry on so in the historical Boston Common. "That such a situation exists is distressing to all, I am sure. We certainly all owe a vote of thanks to the Boston Traveler.
While the "shore patrol boys" were working themselves into a dither over the situation. I arrived at a marvelous but simple conclusion--why not turn the Common into one big victory garden? This would certainly help the food situation in Boston and it would also remedy the aforementioned condition. But immediately the objection would be raised that it would only make it harder for the "shore patrol boys" to find people between the corn stalks or the cabbages. However, it would be necessary to water the garden at some time, and the solution might be to water it all night.
But now that we have reached a solution to the problem, all credit must be given to the Boston Traveler. Anyone can offer a solution to a problem once it has been proved a problem, but not everyone can prove a condition a problem.
More power to the Boston Traveler. Frank S. Whiting '46.
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