THE CAPTAIN OF THE FRESHMAN CREW.
IN the last edition of the Advocate, there appeared a letter, signed " '83," complaining about the election of the present captain of the '83 crew.
I consider the letter as scarcely worth notice; but placing, as it does, Mr. Hammond in an uncomfortable position, I take it upon myself, as chairman of the meeting at which the election was held, to reply to it.
The letter states that the election was irregular, that one person voted who had decided at the time not to row, and that another voted who was undecided whether to continue training or not.
Now at the meeting but one vote was challenged, - that of a man who was an excellent oar, and who had trained faithfully up to that time, but who had expressed a doubt as to his ability to train through the year.
Who the man was who is first referred to in the letter, I am unable to say, unless it was myself. As to that, I have been informed that I voted at every ballot cast at the meeting. In reality, I did not vote at all.
Therefore I fail to see to whom the writer of the letter refers. If he were thoroughly sure of his ground, he would come out frankly and sign his name to his letter, and not attempt to throw the responsibility of it upon the whole class of '83, many of whose members have criticised it very severely.
I consider that Mr. Hammond was fairly and squarely elected by a majority of the votes cast; and if my opinion is worth contradiction, I should like to have Mr. " '83" show himself.
WILLIAM H. CRAWFORD.