LACROSSE AT HARVARD.
It is gratifying to note the steady increase in popularity made by lacrosse at our colleges. The clubs in the large American cities have not succeeded in making the sport a favorite with those interested in athletics, and are far from being in first-class condition. In many cities the sport is in an apathetic condition, from which it is only roused by the prospect of an exciting match. The sport is, however, comparatively young, and bids fair to receive a strong impetus from that source which has ever tended to popularize and strengthen the existence of every legitimate game - the colleges. Harvard was the first college to introduce lacrosse, and has done it in the face of almost no support at all from any except the members of its club. The expenses of the aquatic crew, base-ball nine, foot-ball and athletic teams are paid from the treasuries of these institutions, which are filled by subscriptions of the students. The treasury of the lacrosse club is filled by the subscriptions of the team, and all expenses are met by them. The influence of Harvard induced Columbia, Princeton and the College of the City of New York to organize teams and form an association. Yale, Amherst and other colleges have taken up the sport, which bids fair to have a bright future. Feeders to college teams in the shape of lacrosse clubs at the preparatory schools will prove of value in entering the field ready for play instead of being obliged to develop a team from crude material. In every college and school there are those who, not interested in base-ball and other sports, are attracted by lacrosse. As matters now look, Harvard will have a strong team this year, and will endeavor to maintain its superiority in the college association. The colleges that will probably be represented in the association are Amherst, College of the City of New York, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton and Yale. The graduate players will, in turn, no doubt give an impetus to the sport in various quarters of the country. The matter of sending a team to represent Harvard in the tournament to be held in New York the latter part of this month is being actively discussed, and will probably be favored. A large number of freshmen candidates for the team are practising, and it is expected that a team will be found to play the preparatory school teams and other freshmen teams. - [Clipper.