The active discussion in reference to Harvard's action in withdrawing from the football league has subsided much sooner than we at first supposed it would. Occasionally however, a question arises which brings the matter into prominence again. Of late, for example, we have heard some men ask, "But what will happen to Harvard if Yale does not favor a dual league? Will she not be entirely cut off from football contest?" The questions are pertinent ones, since it is altogether likely that is just the attitude Yale will take. They imply, however, a mis-conception of Harvard's attitude. If we understand the case aright, Harvard is today more nearly in a position favorable to her own interests than she has been at any time during the last few years. Heretofore scarcely a football season has passed without some disagreeable controversy. The climax came this year. If we may trust our past experience, then, the action which we took in withdrawing cannot be so bad in its consequences as pur continuation in the league another year would almost necessarily have been. If worst comes to worst under the present circumstances, our condition will still remain better than before our withdrawal. It is foolish to harbor the fear that we may not have antagonists in the future, even if we remain outside every league. Neither Yale nor Princeton can afford to refuse to contest with us, and Yale, certainly, would prefer to play with Harvard rather than with any other college. Nothing can break down the time honored rivalry which has existed between the two colleges. As for Princeton, she is hardly in a position now to refuse a challenge, that is, a challenge to a contest, from Harvard. All things considered, then, if a dual league is for the time out of the question, Harvard is in the very best position she can occupy-unless indeed, she go still further and withdraw from all systematized intercollegiate athletics.
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