We deprecate the spirit which manifests itself in a shrug of the shoulders and an expression of indifference as to the fate of the nine. It is not manly. No pluckier thing has been done in Harvard athletics for many a year than the creation of this year's nine out of the material afforded. There has been an honest effort to make the best out of unfavorable circumstances and to represent the University in creditable fashion at least. This has been done, and we feel that there is occasion rather to thank Captain Wiggin and his men for what they have succeeded in doing than to disparage them because they did not meet with fuller success. A loyalty which is sincere will be appreciative of good work no less in defeat than in victory.
The nine has lost its first great game of the season. It is a result which was feared by nearly all Harvard men. The conditions of the first Princeton game are always hard, and were this year particularly so. It is difficult to play a game away from home and before a large number of spectators among whom few are favorable to Harvard, and the inexperience of the nine made the difficulty still larger. Besides this, circumstances had made it advisable to forego a number of the games usually played before Princeton is met, and it is generally conceded that the nine has not yet developed the form of which it is capable. Taking all things into consideration, the nine has done well. When the prospects at the beginning of the year are remembered, the result is a relief rather than a disappointment. All hope is not lost by any means. The men were not weak at the bat ad in the field they made less errors than Princeton.