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"And then there is that crowd of fellows who go out
around the town and campus 'swiping stuff' as they call it
They're a thoughtless lot of fellows who mean. no harm..
But are they after all so harmless? What do you think, of a
fellow who will go to a—a—reception, say, one week; and the
next week go and steal all the refreshments which these
same people have prepared for the entertainment of some, of
the other students. 0 they say it is just a joke on these
fellows. But it is'ut. It is an insult to the host and host
ess. Yes sir, an inexcusable insult. If they do it because
they are hungry, they had better change their boarding
house; if because they like the excitement and satisfaction
of stealing, there is another state institution where they
belong; and if they do it because they think it is funny, then
their sense of humor is sadly deranged,"
The Critic paused again. Someone out in the hall was
singing,—"there's a hole in the bottom of the well;" but the
Critic evidently did not hear, for he went over to the window .
and stood looking out into the darkness. The Editor was
just beginning to think that the subject was exhausted,
when the Critic suddenly turned around and began again.
"0 yes," lie said, ."we must not forget our friends, the
artistic sign painters. Say, I wonder if their sense of hu
mor is not out of joint too. But I hear they did'nt think it
was so funny when they were caught, for I guess they ex
pected to be reported to 'Prexy.' By George! if I had caught
them, I would have reported them. But the fellow who did,
said he was not out trying to do it, and would not have .done
it if they had not tried to 'get funny with the old man.' But
he 'said he did'nt exactly like their fun, so he thought he.
would have a little of his own. No, lie did'nt report them.
He said if, the thing itself did'nt make them ashamed, they
were indeed a hopeless case; and he did'nt propose to be a