"From all appearances, we should judge that Columbia will fail to be represented in boating matters by a university crew. In fact, to the best of our knowledge, the men that are now in training for positions on the crew are rapidly becoming disheartened ; never was there a greater lack of system and never have the students felt less confidence in the abilities of their representative eight. It is a significant fact that the confidence of the freshmen has led them into the startling belief that eventually they will be able to constitute a university crew in themselves. This remarkable exhibition of assurance would never be indulged in did the university possess a quarter of the ambition and interest that has been a noble characteristic of the crew. Harvard enjoyed a peculiarly easy victory last year ; from present appearances it is evident that in the coming race it will have the further satisfaction of a walk-over."