According to the terms of the grant it was found that Jarvis could never be fenced in, so that the corporation has been puzzled to settle the question of a satisfactory athletic field, which could be shut off from the public and would satisfy the wants of the college. A plan has finally been hit upon. The gradual invasion of Holmes has been reducing its limits for some time; what with the Physical Laboratory, the Gymnasium, and the new Law school; and it is proposed to place the new Physical Laboratory still further out in the field, so as to avoid all shaking caused by the street cars. In order to have space enough for a quarter-mile track, it is said that Jarvis will be abandoned, and, by the levelling of Holmes as far as Jarvis street and across the field in the opposite direction, a new field will be made, large enough to hold the foot-ball and base-ball field and the track. In this way we shall have the full length track surrounding the other fields, and all of them shut in by a fence, as was proposed last year for Jarvis. The surplus land will be marked out for tennis, as well as what is now the ball-field on Jarvis. It is needless to comment on the advantages of such a plan, if carried out, over our present poor accommodations, which seemed to be reduced by a fresh slice every year. This will provide us with a perfect ground, large enough for any and all the sports, and will have - what we have always missed both on Holmes and Jarvis - a fence around it.
We are also made to believe that the athletic committee in its meetings with the special committee of the corporation, composed of Mr. John Quincy Adams and Mr. Alexander Agassiz, has discussed the subject of a trainer. It is proposed to appoint an assistant to Dr. Sargent, who shall make the scientific study of sports his specialty, and shall look after the men engaged particularly in field sports, and shall be a regular part of the college, not hired by separate men. By a thorough investigation of these particular branches of athletics he will be much better prepared, it is said, than a regular trainer, whose place he will amply fill, but with a more theoretical understanding of his department. If this plan is carried, as we firmly believe it will be in the near future, we shall be much better off than formerly, and instead of giving way to the least doubt, our athletes can settle down to a thorough winter's training in the gymnasium preparatory to the field meetings in the spring, when they can prove to Yale & Co. that they are losing none of their old skill.