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Those amongst us who have harbored a lingering desire to gambol o'er the greensward unhindered by embarrassing raiment, ever since the appearance of the Merrill's famous treatise, will not have to repress their primordial tendencies much longer. Strong rumor hath it that the Olympian League of West Haverstraw, New York, casting its healthful eyes over our fair land in search of a fertile field, has decided to proselyte the cause of corporate deshabille in these sickly parts. No listless campaign is in store, for the Bernarr MacFaddens up at West Haverstraw have put their undefiled and undraped minds together to produce a powerful program of persuasion. The halls of Harvard will soon echo the salubrious arguments of Olympian debaters, who plan to challenge the more retiring amongst us who prefer to have the human limb enshrouded in Hart, Schaffner and Marx, and mystery. In this way, they hope "to stimulate the interests of students in nudism and in the work of the league."
We are told that the leaguers may perhaps avail themselves of the Calvin Coolidge homestead in which to carry out the ritual. They are to be congratulated on this particularly happy choice, for brevity of speech certainly deserves to be commemorated with brevity of costume. The only unfortunate aspect of all this, is that very likely no new members will be admitted until April, the rigours of a New England winter being considered too severe for mere neophytes, Norman Fradd or no Norman Fradd.
We give you, therefore, this information so far in advance that you may dust off your bifocals and add a restricting clause to pressing contracts. You never can tell when the boys from West Haverstraw will start undraping, or when Mrs. Coolidge will depart chastely from Northampton. That sturdy village will present henceforth even greater inducements than in the past. And it will be interesting to see to what extremes the earnest debaters will carry their persuasions. We don't want to discourage these worthy fellows, but, personally we prefer to leave any experiments in the realm of nudity to Ann Corio.
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