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To-day the farce of a contest, which is presumably for a cup but in reality is for the engraving of the names of winners upon a cup which is no longer open to competition, takes place. The "Mott Haven cup" belongs to Harvard; yet Yale, Princeton and other colleges have been working hard that the names of their best athletes may appear as winners upon the trophy which was won by our athletes last year.

If the folly of working for a cup that cannot be won in perpetuity is to continue, Harvard ought to be able to retain even the temporary possession of it, and not let it go visiting among the various colleges. We hope that the result in New York to-day will be conducive to that end. Harvard's chances are good. If our men show, nerve they will win.