Since Monday, strange happenings have taken place on Holmes Field, and the sight which greeted the eyes of the men who strolled out in that direction yesterday was a novel one. There, for the first time, the university nine were busy practising on the new diamond. The sense was a pretty one as the grounds far exceed in beauty the old ball field on Jarvis. The turf on the diamond is very firm and even, and the grass on the out-field is growing well, although there is plenty of room for a second sowing next fall to make it as close as it should be. A new backstop had been built during the day. It is of the most approved pattern, slightly curved and made of matched boards. The paths for the base runners will be laid out as soon as the space for the pitcher and catcher is cleared, the gravel being put on after the grass is removed.