Education: No Tunnel

As an undergraduate at Oxford's Corpus Christi College in the 1880s, Massachusetts-born Edward Perry Warren was bitterly annoyed by the 9 p.m. curfew. He was also annoyed by the fines for curfew stragglers, which sometimes ran as high as £5 after midnight. Before he died in 1928, wealthy (from paper mills), eccentric Edward Warren sat down and wrote a 59-page will. One among many bequests: a straightfaced offer of £3,000 to Corpus Christi, provided college authorities would use the money to build a tunnel under the walls so that stragglers could get to bed without 1) paying fines, or 2) climbing...

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