BASEBALL is a game which can be made to call for a man's most serious attention, or it can be played with little regard for improvement, but merely for the personal enjoyment of each individual player. Freshman nines are notoriously slack in their work at the beginning of the season. Toward the end they wake up to a sense of what they are aiming to accomplish, but too often their eyes are opened when the critical point has passed and defeat seems inevitable. They then rally, settle down to serious work and close the season, showing the college what might have been done if they had more prudence and foresight. Such a method of training is unscientific as it is discreditable to each individual member of the nine. Those who have watched the work of the Ninety-six cannot fail to notice this same unfortunate tendency. The men do not seem to realize the final test which they will be called upon to make, or else their idea of the responsibility of representing their college must be a very low one. Ninety-six starts out with bright prospects for a strong nine, but not for a moment can sheexpect to do justice to herself to say nothing of wining the Princeton game, so long as this present happy-go-lucky, good-natured sort of playing is allowed. This tendency, which is sure to result disastrously, should be put down at once and the men made to feel that while they are practicing they are not supposed to be amusing themselves, but training for a contest which will require all the skill and experience which they can possibly gain in the time allotted to them. If the men do not realize this now, it devolves on the freshman captain to see that his charge is imbued with the proper spirit. The college looks to him as the person responsible for the earnestness and seriousness with which Ninety-six undertake her work. He will be supported heartily in every effort he may make to enforce discipline and to encourage his men to look upon their practice as work and not play. He should remember, however, that in return for this confidence in him, the college expects to see a radical change in the spirit which the men show at present.