The Class of 1919 Comes Home

le plus ca change. . .

On April 15, Harvard received a telegram from Carter Glass, Secretary of the Treasury, asking the College to buy $30,000 in bonds towards the Victory Liberty Loan. Within a week the Contributions Committee, which had offered a German helmet to the best canvasser, had reached the Harvard quota. By May 12, the University had purchased $160,900 in bonds.

The American Army was still fighting at Archangel in Northern Russia, however, and the great spectre was Bolshevism. The CRIMSON wrote in an editorial:

"The past few months have witnessed the rapid spread of a movement among the industrial classes of Europe and America which threatens to undermine the very foundations of society and whose tenets run directly counter to those of a well ordered and peaceful democracy.

"An overseas correspondent of the New York Times declared that "Bolshevism is the revengeful shadow of reckless modern materialism.' . . . Native attempts to decapitate a beast of this nature by military imprisonment and misdirected propaganda results only in three heads springing up where one grew before.

". . .in reconstructing society, the classics must not be forgotten. It is in humanizing, in leavening human society that we can overcome those forces which, shooting up from the soil of a 'reckless' materialism, work adversely to the finer and nobler aspirations of human society."


In supporting the force at Archangel, the CRIMSON explanied, "Now is the time to deal with Bolshevism while it is spreading and developing its powers of evil. Next year or next month may be too late."

"But Russia is too far away from us. We are satisfied with demolishing autocracy in Germany and sit back content to see it overrun the Slavic countries and the Orient if it chooses."

The CRIMSON quoted Daniel Webster '28 about radicals in this country: "In a country of perfect equality they would move heaven and earth against privilege and monopoly. In a country where the wages of labor are high beyond parallel, they would teach the laborer that he is but an oppressed slave."

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals produced "Crowns and Clowns," their first musical since before the war. It showed the rise and fall of a Bolshevik Prince who usurped the throne of the Kingdom of Czecho-Ptomania.

On April 1, the Hasty Pudding received a letter that police attributed to the Black Hand or "some socialistic club." The letter was written in words and letters clipped from newspapers:

"BEWARE! The SOCIETY has lerned you Milionairs are Going to Give a Show Against the Brother-hood of the Oppressed. STOP Your Show or You Will be DAM SORRY."

There was a crude black hand sketched on the paper. Nothing, apparently, came of it.

The Class of 1919 had ambivalent ideas, however, about working people. Some expressed the view that:

"Our government is by the people and for the people. Labor, through collective bargaining and similar methods, may gain its just deserts--but material destruction, which in reality defeats the end the reformers strive to obtain--cannot be justified in the United States. Suppression of the undesirable element is the solution for the present outburst, but in order that the destructive menace may not continually recur, it is necessary that the turbulent unrest be stamped out at its roots."

A CRIMSON editorial, however, congraduated those Harvard students who were going to work in factories in the summer of 1919: