NEW LONDON, June 24th.With one exception Yale's crew this year is entirely composed of new men. Early last fall a number of candidates were got together, and since then the men have been working hard and faith fully. During the winter the work has been very much as it is with us, - four or five hundred strokes on the rowing machines, and a brisk run of a mile or two, being the daily exercise. As spring came on, and the men began to row on the water, the need of a good coach became more and more apparent. A meeting of boating men was accordingly held, and it was decided to employ Chainey, an English Coach, who was said to possess wonderful qualities as an oarsman and trainer. Chainey accordingly came, but it was soon found that he was not what he had been cracked up to be, and that the men were not improving under his care. He was therefore discharged. "Bob" Cook was then called upon, and he has had charge of the crew ever since. Under him the men are said to have been doing much better work, although hardly up to the standard of former years. Last May, in the Yale class races, the 'varsity was defeated by both '87 and the freshmen, but it is more than probable that the men were not exerting themselves to their utmost.
The Yale crews will not arrive in New London until this afternoon this delay being occasioned by examinations, which are not yet over at New Haven. Upon their arrival at New London, the men will immediately go to their quarters, which are just beside Columbia's at Gale's Ferry, four miles up the river. It is the same house that they have occupied for the past six years, and is certainly an excellent place for a crew.
On the ground floor are four rooms, consisting of two parlors, a dining room and a bed room, which Captain Cowles will occupy. Upstairs there are eight bed rooms connecting with each other, and having windows which command a beautiful view of the river. Although well suited to the needs of a crew, the outside appearance of the quarters is not at all prepossessing, reminding one more of a common tenement house than anything else. Just below the quarters is the boat house. As I passed it the other day, two or three men were painting the roof of a brilliant coat of crimson; which seemed strange, to say the least. It is now being used by the University of Pennsylvania.
The Yale crew is now rowing as follows:
Position. Name. Age. Weight.
Stroke. E L. Caldwell, 28 150
7. C. W. Hartridge, 22 166
6. A. Cowles, Jr., capt., 21 174
5. G. W. Woodruff, 24 170
4. F. A. Stevenson, 18 165
3. J. W. Middlebrook 22 166
2. John Rogers, Jr., 21 163
Bow. Robert Appleton, 21 156
Cox. L. E. Caldwell, 87
Subs. E. L. Burke, 150
Caldwell, the stroke, is a new man, although he has rowed in his class boat, which has won several races. He is rather older than the rest of the crew, and is always cool and collected.
Cowles, the captain, rowed last year in the university eight. He is the heaviest man in the boat and pulls a very strong oar.
Woodruff, No. 5, is a freshman, and never rowed before entering college Although he has not had the experience of the other men, he is doing well and improving rapidly. A few years ago he used to work in the Pennsylvania coal mines, and it is said that his strength is something wonderful.
Middlebrook, No. 3, has rowed in the '87 class boat since entering college. He has trained off a large amount of superfluous flesh, and is now in first rate condition.
John Rogers, Jr., No. 2. has until recently been acting as substitute, but the other day he took Farrington's place in the boat, and the change has proved an excellent one.
Robert Appleton, who rows bow, was a substitute last year. He is said to be an excellent single oarsman, although most of his time this year has been spent in the eight. Stevenson and Hartridge, the other two men, have rowed before in their class boats. Cadwell, the little coxswain, has grown rather heavier since last year, but is still the lightest man at Yale. He has had a great deal of experience and steers a wonderfully straight course.
To-morrow, between four and five o'clock, Yale rows the University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania men arrived yesterday morning from New York in the steamboat "City of Worcester." Efforts were made to secure quarters at Gale's Ferry, near the other crews, but no place could be found, so that the crew were obliged to put up at the Crocker House, where they now are. The men hardly look like a university crew, and one would scarcely think them equal to a four mile race. Yesterday afternoon they took a time row over the course, followed by their coach, Ellis Ward, in the launch. They row quite smoothly, but lack life and staying power.
As things look now, Yale will probably beat the Pennsylvania men; at least that is the opinion of the Harvard and Columbia crews, who, I suppose are as good judges as any. Yale looks upon this race simply as a practice pull, to prepare them for their contest with Harvard, and have consequently asked to have the east course, which, though generally considered the worse, is the one which they will use in the race with our 'varsity.
Very little as yet is known about the Yale freshmen. They made a very good showing in the class races last May, coming in second. This it was, probably, which prompted them to a race with our freshmen and Columbia. The Yale freshmen have quarters just beside their 'varsity, and both crews will use the same boat-house. It is thought at New London that this race will be very close, the chances pointing slightly in favor of Harvard.
The following are the positions of the Yale freshman crew:
Position. Name. Weight.
Stroke. C. W. Stewart, (Capt.) 150
7. G. R. Carter, 158
6. R. H. Fanchot, 169
5. W. H. Corbin, 178
4. T. W. Buchanan, 167
3. R. McJ. Wilcox, 150
2. C. O. Gill, 162
Bow. P. P. Wells, 152
Cox. W. Ames, 110
Subs. A. H. Mosle, 149
H. W. Vernon, 145
The Harvard freshmen arrived at Groton at half-past thee yesterday afternoon, and took the steamboat "Cecile" for the quarters. A little difficulty was experienced in getting all the baggage on shore, as trunks and all had to be transported some little distance in Capt. Moulthrop's small row boat. However, everything was finally landed, and he freshmen sat down to supper. At about seven o'clock the men took a short row, returning before it became very dark. Their work is still rather rough, but great improvement may be expected during the coming week.
Everything is still all right at the 'varsity quarters, and the men seem confident about the race next Saturday. Butler, '88, who had to wait over a few days at Cambridge on account of an examination, arrived day before yesterday. On the whole Harvard's chances for success never looked brighter, and it will be no surprise if the three victories of last year were repeated.
H. D. HALE.