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Hear Him Tell How He Changed the Spelling of "Kidnaped"


Charles Townsend Copeland '82, Boylston Profesor of Rhetoric and Oratory, emeritus, last night held his traditional Christmas reading for Freshmen at the Harvard Union.

To the two hundred gathered to hear him, "Copey" read selections from several authors, including Rudyard Kipling and Robert Benchley.

He told of how he recently dissuaded a prominent editor of spelling "kidnaped" with one "n" instead of two, by reading Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" as it would sound if all the double "p's" were made single. He quoted the lines:

"While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping,--raping at my chamber door,--"

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