Now that the open water of the Charles has at last made it possible for the crews to get afloat once more, we hope that the undergraduates may make it their habit to drop in at the boat-house on pleasant afternoons, and by their presence encourage the men who are working so faithfully to maintain the supremacy of the crimson upon the water. While the crews have been engaged in their winter work in the gymnasium, it has been an easy matter to drop in and take a glance into the rowing room, but now that an inspection of the crews involves the extra trouble of a walk down to the river, it is only too probable that the number of those who are interested in seeing our oarsmen at work will undergo a rapid diminution. This is hardly just. The oarsmen of the college do hard and faithful work with, perhaps, less encouragement than any other class of athletes in college. Plenty of spectators may be found watching the practice of the nine on Holmes Field, and the lacrosse and cricket men are seldom left to work unobserved, but the crew men are apparently forgotten by the college, and go on in their work with only such support as may come from their own self-approval. It used to be a well established custom among our undergraduates to saunter down to the boat-house, and lounge away the long spring afternoons with a book and a pipe, watching the arrival and departure of the crews, and good naturedly criticising their merits and defects. It is a custom that we should like to see revived, not only for the good effect which it would have upon the work of our boating men, but also because it would revive a very pleasant feature of by-gone student life at Harvard.
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