Unable to get a cow, Martin J. Hertz 2L yesterday tried to cash a check written on the side of a wooden grocery crate at the Harvard Trust Company.
The use of this unusual medium of exchange was inspired by an excerpt from A. P. Herbert's "Uncommon Law," in which the author states that under the Negotiable Instrument Requirements a bank is compelled to cash a check even if written on the side of a cow. The current inflationary price of cows, however, forced Hertz to improvise.
"I can't understand why they wouldn't honor my check," said Hertz, after being forcibly evicted from the bank. He also muttered threats of a breach of contract suit. Accompanied by inquisitive onlookers, he later tried to cash the check at the Cambridge Trust Company, where Vice-President E. W. Phippen said that he would honor the check but for the fact that it was too bulky to run through the cancelling machines.