Yesterday, being a holiday, a number of old oarsmen otherwise generally kept away by business were out to see the crew row in the tank. Among them were several old captains-Perkins '84, Mumford '87, Brandeger '81, Trimble '80 and Cabot '83, Parker '78, Hammond '81, George Nelson who rowed bow on the crew last year was also out.
For the last few days the crew have been rowing with the seats all connected by a wooden rod. This is only a temporary scheme to teach the new men the proper idea of the recover. This was also tried for a short time on the '84 crew before they went on the water and it was given up as useless. The sophomore crew in 1883 rowed in the class races with a similar arrangement, but found it very unsatisfactory-they came in third. The plan is only intended to be temporary of course but it is rather interesting to watch the men try it. Strange to say most of them find it quite easy to get in their usual work, though some of them of course have slightly different motions on the slide. These differences in the use of the sliding seat are, to be sure, precisely what the device is intended to eradicate.
For the last three or four days the men have been rowing the full stroke on the sliding seats. Since they have done this they have begun to show some of their rowing style. They have also shown a couple of very decided faults which are general right through the crew. The first is a lack of snap in taking hold of the water, the second is a habit of going back too far. To these may be added a slowness in getting the oar in the water. The new men are also unsteady on the recover, especially just before catching the water.
If the present frost does not make the river too icy the crew will row on the river this afternoon. They intend to stay on the water if possible from now on.