THE sentiment among the boating-men here is strongly in favor of rowing the leading American colleges before venturing across the water, and with this sentiment we heartily agree. Say what we may about our Springfield and New London victories, the fact is undisputable that Cornell remains the champion of American colleges. If we send a crew to England, they should go as representing not only the best rowing in Harvard, but the best rowing in American colleges. It is only fair, then, that we should row with the champion college crew, and, in case we are successful, with other colleges that are willing to race in eights. On the other hand, it is neither fair nor reasonable that we should travel all over the Western and Middle States for the sake of meeting a rival. New London is the place for these races, not Owasco Lake nor Harlem River. If Columbia and Cornell are determined to row over their favorite courses, the College will certainly decline accepting such conditions, which would seriously interfere with the Putney regatta. It is too early to prophesy what our crew will accomplish, but they ought to do good work, backed up as they are by the moral and material assistance of graduates and undergraduates.
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