The rest of the week will be given up to rest, and by way of amusement a good many Yale men are likely to go to Cambridge to see what they hope will be a victory on the ball field for Yale. It was a great disappointment to the New Haven students to be beaten in the last Harvard game. They had really felt quite sure of a victory, but Stagg had an off day, and the red-jerseyed men pounded his delivery badly. He is in prime condition now, and has sworn vengeance for the drubbing his pitching got before. No one here doubts his ability to outwit his opponents if he is in good condition. He has done it so often before that the faith in him is unbounded. There is little chance that Yale will lose the championship this year.
Yale men would like to feel as sure of the race, but they do not by a good deal. The crew is, with two exceptions, the same that beat the record last July; but Cowles and Hartridge, who are not in the boat this year, were by far the most powerful men in it last year. Their loss has not been made good. Again, sickness has interfered with the crew's work since April, and even now Middlebrook is just getting over a boil. The men are rowing exactly the same stroke that Bob Cook taught them last year. Caldwell made that a condition of his stroking the crew again this year, and it was agreed to. But the men have not caught the stroke as well by any means as they did last year, though of late there has been a rather marked improvement. They go to New London to-morrow, and Bob Cook goes with them. He has been up here for four of five days, not to coach the crew, for Bolton, '86, is the coach, and Cook refused to interfere with him, but to look on and give advice whenever it is wanted. A most pronounced feeling of hope has spread through the college since his arrival.
Yale, '90, has a plucky, hard-working eight, but they do not row in good form nor get through the water fast.
Altogether, New London is going to be a lively place from Thursday on, for the Harvard-Columbia race is to rowed there, and the freshmen of the two colleges row a week later, so that there are four races on the bills. There may be five, for if Yale, '90, wins the race against Pennsylvania, she will challenge Harvard, '90, at once to a race the following Saturday.