THE Third Annual Regatta is a thing of the past. About its results we have but little to say; in fact, too much has been already said. Certain newspapers, with a mistaken friendliness, which we ought, perhaps, to be grateful for, but with a want of delicacy which all must blame, have hotly fought what they considered to be our battle, making Harvard seem dissatisfied with the decision of Mr. Babcock. The fact is that, under the circumstances, there was but one decision to be made, and that was the one which Mr. Babcock made, and no member of the crew (and who could feel any injustice more keenly than members of that crew?) has written or said a word against the decision. To them especially is this newspaper discussion, which at best can only tend to result in bad feeling, unjust; for some part of the dissatisfaction thus expressed may be imputed to them, since they were the parties most interested in the race.
We do not pretend to discuss now the question of "diagonals" or mistakes in drawing the line. There is no shadow of doubt but that Yale crossed the line which determined the race first, and we congratulate her, not only on having the pluck and the muscle to win the best and most closely contested race in the annals of college boating, the Freshman race, and the single-scull race, but also the good fortune to win all three in the same week. It must have been a proud moment for Captain Cook, and deservedly so, when his crew rested on their oars after that last struggle for victory.
Nor have we a word to say about the general management of the race. The judges and committees who could not tell which boat won, whether Wesleyan or Amherst was second, the order or time of the last boats, and who left the flag on the western bank to be placed by some third person at the last moment, present a picture of mismanagement too deplorable to need any comment. They were appointed to decide the race, however close; the fact that any of these questions have arisen proclaims their inability to fill the positions assigned them.
To say that the result of the races was a great disappointment to us would be but a slight expression of the general feeling. To have the cup dashed from our lips when it so nearly touched them makes the defeat the harder to bear. But in such a defeat there is no disgrace, no blame to be attached to any one, as all who saw Harvard's last, grand burst of speed must acknowledge.
We can only hope for better results next year.