In thinking over the recent defeat of the Shooting Club by Yale we find that the chances for a victory for Harvard at the next meeting are great, if certain things are straightened out which are not as they ought to be at present. We find that the Harvard score was greater than our score last fall when we won, a fact which tends to show that our representatives have only met more skillful opponents this year than before. In looking for the causes of the defeat we find a number of reasons why our team was beaten and all of these may easily be done away with. In the first place the team did not practice long enough. All real attention to the subject was put off until the cold, windy weather made it impossible to hit anything, and so the team went to Springfield trusting in a great measure to the chances of the day. If the scheme recently proposed is only put through and matches are held throughout the winter on mild days, we shall at least have some sort of an idea of the ability of our team. Secondly, most of the time during this fall the traps have been out of order so that the pigeons were thrown badly and afforded no good practice. Finally, some arrangement should be made to economize time better. Men are now often obliged to stand around a whole afternoon without a chance to shoot, whereas a little thought would suffice to arrange a satisfactory schedule. The membership list of the club is greater this year than ever before, and the fact that the club is nearly out of debt shows what a prosperous condition it is in.