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To the Editors of the Crimson:
As the name University, adopted by the ice polo team recently formed, seems to have received an unlooked-for interpretation, and as the team never intended to claim for itself the right to represent Harvard in the technical sense of the term, they have changed the name to "The Oxfords of Harvard University."
Two points, however should be carefully noted. The CRIMSON has criticised the team for having played, under its old title, "the accredited representatives of another college," meaning by this the Brown team.
The CRIMSON made a fatal mistake in this respect. Let me enlighten them as to the character of the Brown team. Though their adoption of the title Brown met no outburst of righteous indignation at that college, they were and are no more nor less than a scrub team of the same nature as the team they played. Mr. Hale, their manager, will vouch for this statement.
Secondly, in answer to the extravagant language of "Senior," I would like to ask who holds the stronger position, those who confine their interest in athletics to railing at a scrub team for an unfortunate choice of a name, or those who in an unorganized state of a sport organize themselves and take the trouble and expense to secure games with teams, thus giving an impulse to a more advanced growth and organization of this sport in years to come?
Since, however, the interest of persons like "Senior" has not yet proved itself of any worth by the formation of scrub teams, so beneficial to the development of a sport in its early stages, the Oxfords, in so far as they are Harvard men, must by virtue of the college of their origin still bear the burden of representing Harvard in ice polo.
F. S. ELLIOT '95.