The mass meeting held last evening in honor of Mr. Lehmann was successful beyond the hope of the most sanguine. The audience was so large as to crowd Sanders Theatre to its utmost capacity and the enthusiasm which was shown throughout the evening could not have been exceeded.
Before the meeting the Harvard band marched through the square and then over to the Theatre with a considerable procession of men.
Besides the speakers a number of prominent graduates occupied seats upon the platform, among them being Mr. E. W. Hooper, Mr. Endicott Peabody, Mr. C. F. Adams, 2d, Col. R. H. Stevenson, Mr. Thayer, and Mr. Francis Peabody, Jr.
R. H. Stevenson, Jr., '97, who presided, explained that the meeting had been called to give Mr. Lehmann a chance to meet the whole University and that the students might meet him. He introduced Major Henry L. Higginson, who was received with cheers.
He spoke chiefly on the need of greater moderation and of greater spirit of honor in our athletics. Mr. Lehmann will teach us other things besides rowing. He is a lover of true sport who believes in it as a recreation but not as an occupation. Athletics in their true place will develop the best qualities, but if pursued as an end in themselves are sure to be harmful.
Major Higginson also emphasized the fact that the object of the college is to develop a man both in mind and body, and referred to Mr. Lehmann as an example of the type of men who study as well as go in for athletics. He then thanked Mr. Lehmann on behalf of the whole University for his presence and for what he is doing for Harvard.
Dr. William Everett then made a speech which was full of humor and occasioned much amusement. He felt well-qualified to introduce Mr. Lehmann as he had himself attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and had paid his subscription regularly to the boat clubs.
Mr. Lehmann was the last speaker. He thanked the students most heartily for his reception and for the kind things that have been said about his visit to Harvard. He supposed that something was expected from him about rowing and he gave his reasons for thinking it the finest pastime in the world. In every branch of athletics sportsmanship is of infinitely more importance than the winning of victories. As an example he mentioned Psotta, an American oarsman who rowed in the single sculls at Henley four pears ago. In the preliminary beat his opponent capsized. Psotta, however, refused to accept the race and though subsequently defeated he was the hero of the occasion. Mr. Lehmann concluded by expressing his pleasure at being part of the University and said that he was confident of success.
R. H. Stevenson, Jr., then proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Lehmann from the University, which was carried.