Princeton Letter.

PRINCETON, N. J., May 18, 1887.

To see this historic town at its best is to see it in the spring. To best see it, it must be seen on other than a day of intercollegiate contest. Excitement oddly contrasts with the quietness of the town.

There has been no game with any great interest at stake save the lost game with Harvard. Looked at from our standpoint, that game was a bad failure; but the team has not forgotten how to play ball. The game with Columbia showed that it was the most amusing game ever seen here. Columbia played with several substitutes, and found it necessary to use all the rest brought along, and then put the manager in citizens dress on third. McCusker played the best game for them, and seemed really the back-bone of the team. De Sibourg, who pitched for Columbia, was struck on the knee by a batted ball in the sixth inning, and McCusker started to pitch in his place, but he retired after having struck Durell, who was at the bat, on the head with a pitched ball. Durell was carried off, and is now fast recovering at the house of Professor West, who volunteered to have him cared for. Columbia melancholly retired at the end of the sixth inning. They made two hits off Mercur.

Perhaps the decisive game of the series as far as Princeton's prospects are concerned; at least, the game which will make or mar the undergraduate expectation of success, - will be the Harvard game on Saturday. The elements seem to be gathering for a storm. We cannot foretell the color of the sun-set after the tempest.

After a long and creditable record of victories, the best a Princeton lacrosse team has for some years made, the twelve succumbed on Saturday to the New Yorks at Staten Island. The team and each individual player were outplayed, and confessed it. The championship of the College League will rest as it has ever rested, between Harvard and Princeton, and the struggle this year will not be the mildest ever fought.

The freshmen have at last appeared equipped for base ball and appear determined to strike something, if only the eye with bright colors. On Saturday they won a praise-worthy victory over the Peddie Institute nine at Hightstown, 8 to 4. The same day the sophomores defeated Pennington, 11 to 0.

In order to better acquaint the college with the management of the football finances, an auditing committee has been appointed to examine the reports of the treasurer. The college has seldom had a better man than the last incumbent in the management of foot-ball funds.

Professors Young and McNeill and a party of friends of Princeton will go to Russia this summer to take observations on astronomical phenomena best observed there. Meanwhile Princeton does not lose her reputation for preminence in spectroscopy. The top of the observatory has been painted blue. Why, it is impossible to tell. The conical-roofed tower glared with blue light over the compass, unpleasantly and unwelcomedly.