OUR SPORTING COLUMN.
Cornell - The warlike note of the Cornell eagle is heard from time to time in the columns of the Spirit of the Times, and last week he asserted that "Harvard had not as yet answered the challenge from Cornell for a race, and must, to preserve her honorable reputation with the world, come out and say what she will do, lest every one think she is trying to gain time, as she did last year in the Freshman race. She must accept Cornell's challenge, or the world will say that she was intimidated by the jeers of Yale; she must do this to prove herself an independent institution, and show that she knows what she wants and can act for herself." Having thus settled all Harvard's claims to oarsmanship and independence, he proceeds to open the floodgate of his scorn on Yale, and fairly inundates that hapless college with charges of cowardice, etc., etc. He says Yale found in 1875 that it was folly for her to row with Cornell, and expect to win honors, and so backed out of the R. A. A. C. and now, in refusing to row Cornell in eight-oars, she shows the same lack of courage. If this gentleman really believes what he has written, he must have an unlimited faculty for swallowing utter nonsense and twaddle of the rankest description. It is all very well for Cornell and Columbia to accuse Yale and Harvard of cowardice, and if it affords them innocent amusement, it assuredly has no effect upon us. All their talk will not make Harvard and Yale feel anything but that a race with Cornell and Columbia is a very secondary matter, and that their own annual race is, to them at least, the most important race they can row. With Columbia, Cornell, and other colleges we have no quarrel, and the losing or winning of a race with them is a matter of almost perfect indifference to this University at least; with Yale, on the contrary, our yearly contest is of vital interest. When the R. A. A. C. was still alive, the question each year was not, "Who won?" but "Did we beat Yale?"
ATHLETICS.Mr. H. E. Armstrong, of the Law School, last week notified the President of the H. A. A. of his intention to attempt to walk for the cup offered by the editor of this column, to any one walking a mile in 7 min. 40 sec. Tuesday of this week was the day appointed for the trial, but the weather was stormy and the track heavy. At a meeting of the H. A. A. it was voted that the cup should be competed for only on some regular field-day of the Association. This step was taken as a matter of economy, as it is necessary to specially prepare the track for every race, and this preparation is very expensive.
Hare and Hounds. - One or two "meets" of this description were held a year or two ago, and, although not proving a very marked success then, we think they might be revived to advantage. We have a capital country about here for the sport, and nothing is better fun, in an athletic way. Men training for the crews would find it good exercise, and it certainly is more amusing than plodding up to Porter's or around Fresh Pond in a dog-trot. A large number of men might be found who would take pleasure in, and derive much benefit from, an hour or so's running (and walking) after two good hares, who chose their ground well. Can't the H. A. A. organize something of the sort?
McGill College. - At the annual athletic sports of the McGill University, October 24, 1878, Mr. Cuzner put the 16-pound shot 37 feet 10 inches, which is the best amateur American record.
BICYCLING.Mr. George Agassiz, who was the only contestant in the 20 mile race arranged for Thanksgiving Day by the Boston Bicycling Club, went over the course in 1 hour, 46 minutes, 45 seconds. This is remarkably good time considering the strong west-wind that was blowing at the time and the lack of incentive from competitors.