According to some old records in the University archives, the first step in the movement for undisturbed sleep for the students which was culminated with President Conant's decision yesterday was taken more than one hundred years ago. At that time a student performed the duties of custodian and as a part of his task it was necessary for him to climb up to the belfry of Harvard Hall and toll the chapel bell.
One morning he arrived at his duties as usual and laid down the basket of candles which he had brought to light the chapel. Upon returning he found that the basket and its contents has disappeared and it was necessary to wait until daylight to hold a perfunctory service. The incident so impressed the College officials that shortly after the Corporation voted that thereafter chapel services should be postponed until daybreak.