Some outside parties doubted the record made by Atkinson, '85 at the second winter meeting. The matter was submitted to Dr. Sargent, the referee and he replied in the following letter which has since been made public:
CAMBRIDGE, MASS., March 24.The vault performed by C. H. Atkinson, at the Hemenway Gymnasium, March 22, 1884 was over a bar. The construction of the apparatus was substantially according to the definition of fence vaulting. There can be no question of the entire fairness of the performance, or of the correct measurement of the distance.
D. A. SARGENT.