THE New York Times of March 16 prints a letter on boating at Harvard, which contains statements that are very unjust to the gentleman who has lately been coaching the Freshman crew. The writer of the letter states that, though the Freshman crew is now being coached by Mr. Warren Goddard, '79, he will soon have to be replaced by some one who has had more experience in boating. In the very next sentence he laments the fact that, without a coach, the crew is doing but poorly, which is just another way of saying that Mr. Goddard's work amounted to nothing. Now, besides the very questionable courtesy of sending such a statement to a newspaper, even if that statement were true, the writer of the letter was either ignorant of the actual facts of the case, or else guilty of intentional misrepresentation. The truth is that when Mr. Goddard took charge of the crew, the prospects were anything but encouraging; there were but few men trying for positions, and scarcely any life was shown in the matter. It was very largely owing to the interest he took in the crew that more applicants presented themselves, and that the men were brought into some sort of shape. It is asserting but little to say that Mr. Goddard took a good deal of pains coaching the Freshmen, and it is but just to him to say that they greatly improved under his care. While he does not lay claim to a professional's skill in coaching, Mr. Goddard deserves, instead of thoughtless criticism, a recognition of the faithfulness and ability with which he has performed so unenviable a task.
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