Editors of the CRIMSON:
The writer of the account of the Brown-Harvard game, in today's issue of the CRIMSON, "crows like a well-bred cock" over the fact that the score of the game silences "those Brown men who have so consistently contended that Harvard was doing wrong in keeping the best Crimson players out of the game." It is quite conceivable that the score does not give an accurate idea of the relative merit of the two teams, but that is a futile argument. One admits with good grace that the quietus was put on effectively. It is, however, unfortunate that from statements like that quoted above, and from the paid-by the column wisdom of "Bill" and the rest, in the local press, the idea should become current that there is an organized and bitter "kick" at Brown over the Harvard line-up, or that Brown men are generally demanding: "Caesar, was it a dirty trick, or was it not?"
Actually, a good deal of the protest that is made, is to be credited to Providence people who want to see the Harvard stars in action, and who do not realize that the term "substitute" does not mean here what it does elsewhere. Certainly one who has followed the game here could not propose seriously that the Harvard line-up was "scrub" or "second string" in any sense other than that more than eleven first class men cannot play at once.
The argument, however, is to be regretted, and closed as soon as possible. The comment of the Brown Alumni Monthly, December, 1914, upon the game last season, is significant of the true Brown attitude:
"Harvard kept men enough, and of good enough quality, to prevent Brown scoring; and although Harvard in turn could not score, that is to it a matter of inferior moment to the winning of the Crimson's principal game, namely, the contest with Yale.
"Brown need not worry about any slights, real or fancied, in this regard. The best way to prevent the repetition of such an incident is to develop an eleven that will make it impracticable for Coach Haughton to have his best players absent from the field. These matters work themselves out in time. The question of appeasing the Boston spectators who stayed away from the game because of the announcement that so many of the Harvard stars would not play is another matter." HERBERT K. DENNIS 2G.
Nov. 15, 1915.