TO THE EDITORS OF THE CRIMSON: -
ALLOW me a little space to expostulate, not illnaturedly I hope, on a kind of Athletics that seems to be gaining ground very fast at Harvard. I mean to say Lawn Tennis. There are now four clubs, and perhaps five, that have come into existence here this year. These clubs are generally composed of eight members each; that is, we have now at Harvard from thirty to forty men who devote their leisure hours to Lawn Tennis. Many of these men were formerly seen on the river, forming part of the club fours and sixes; now they have deserted these posts, where as much energy is needed as the College can supply, for a sport that will do themselves little physical good, and can never reflect any credit on the College. Is it not a pity that serious Athletics should be set aside by able-bodied men for a game that is at best intended for a seaside pastime? The game is well enough for lazy or weak men, but men who have rowed or taken part in a nobler sport should blush to be seen playing Lawn Tennis.