"A great effort had been made by the managers of the [Philadelphia] regatta to induce other American colleges to enter; but Harvard was so discouraged by the defeat Yale gave her at Springfield that her boating enthusiasm is entirely gone," etc. - New York Paper.
EVERY one knows how absurd this is, but it may serve, together with the letter upon boating which we publish this week, as a text for some remarks upon what the reporter calls our "enthusiasm." That we were not, last year, as enthusiastic over our crew as we should have been, is an admitted fact, and this gives a reason for the existence of such charges in regard to the training of the crew as are made in the letter referred to. No one can expect men to be very rigid in their self-discipline when it makes no apparent difference to others whether or no they are strict with themselves. We have this year a captain who is fully alive to the responsibility of his position. It is for the rest of us now to make up our minds whether we will support him in his efforts to produce a winning crew, or whether we will betake ourselves to our cigarettes and let matters at the boat-house slide along as they can. Whichever course we choose, we should make known our decision at once. Let us either withdraw the challenge we have voted to send Yale, or wake up and refute such slanders as the one at the head of this paragraph.