The Class Races.

To-day the annual race between the four classes will be rowed. For the last few years the races have caused a little dissatisfaction to many of those concerned. Last year, for example, '86 rowed with only six men, and '88 started without a rudder, thus virtually leaving the race to the other boats. And year before last, the race had to be rowed twice, on account of misunderstanding about the starting signals. This year, however, every precaution has been taken to have matters go smoothly, and a good race may be expected.

The name and weights of the men are as follows.


(Class color, blue and wite.)

Position. Name. Weight.

Bow. W. S. Latham, 142

2. S. H. Fessenden, 150

3. J. C. Ayer, 159

4. C. Guild, 160

5. G. G. Bradford, 153

6. W. R. Dewey, 167

7. O. B. Roberts, 164

Stroke. G. B. Harris (Capt.), 161


Average weight, 157

Cox. T. T. Baldwin, 100

Of these men, Harris and Latham have now been rowing four years. Ayer has rowed for three years. Dewey, Roberts and Guild have rowed before. Bradford and Fessenden are new men. '86 use their last year's shell, which they bought from the university crew of 1880.


Position. Name. Weight.

Bow. J. S. Russell, 153

2. J. M. W. Bartol, 159

3. G. P. Knapp, 148

4. C. F. Ayer, 168

5. W. Endicott, 179

6. F. S. Coolidge, 148

7. R. F. Fiske (Capt.), 155

Stroke. W. Alexander, 158


Average weight, 158

Cox. J. L. Morse, 106

With the exception of Bartol and Knapp, who are new men, this is the same crew which won the race last year.


Position. Name. Weight.

Bow. H. D. Hale, 150

2. I. R. Thomas, 161

3. J. R. Purdon, 160

4. J. W. Wood, 165

5. A. Churchill, 171

6. C. A. Porter, 150

7. F. J. Bradlee, 162

Stroke. C. F. Adams (Capt.), 145


Average weight, 158

Cox. T. Q. Browne, 95

With the exception of Wood, all these men rowed in the class races last year.


Position. Name. Weight.

Bow. G. Perry, 160

2. R. F. Perkins, 145

3. E. W. Dustan, 154

4. C. E. Schroll, 166

5. J. T. Davis, 164

6. E. C. Pfeiffer, 168

7. F. E. Parker, 158

Stroke. E. C. Storrow (Capt.), 140


Average weight, 157 1- 4

Cox. J. E. Whitney, 95

None of the freshmen have done much rowing before this year.

The crews drew positions for the race to-day as follows: '87 outside, '86 next, '89 next, and '88 inside, next to the river wall.

The officers for the class races are as follows: referee, J. J. Eustis; judges of the finish, Joseph Lee, E. T. Cabot; starter, W. G. Borland; time keepers, G. R. Agassiz, D. C. Clark. The referee's tug will start at West Boston Bridge, Charles Street, at 12 45 punctually. Tugs following the race are requested to keep behind the referee's boat.

RULES UNDER WHICH THE CLASS RACES WILL BE ROWED.The race will be started at 1.45 promptly. Each crew is requested to be at the Brookline Bridge at 1.30 o'clock, when the railroad draw will be opened. Any crew, not on hand at this time, will run the risk of being left out of the race.

As soon as all the crews have passed through the draw, a long whistle will be sounded from the Referee's tug as the signal for the crews to get into line. A rope will be stretched across the river, to which four tow boats will be moored, at distances of one hundred feet apart. A man in each boat will hold the stern of a shell. As soon as the shells are in line, two whistles will be sounded as a signal for the men to come out to the full reach.

The boats will then be started in the following manner:

The Referee will say, "Gentlemen, are you ready?" and getting no reply, and seeing no coxswain hold up his hand as a signal that his crew is not ready, the Referee will fire a shot gun, after an interval of from two to four seconds as a signal to "GO."

The signal for a recall will be a succession of short whistles, but there will be no recall after the first ten strokes have been rowed.

No crew shall take another crew's water, except at its own peril of being ruled out in case of a foul.

By order of Executive Committee,

May 6, 1886.

H. U. B. C.