Another chapter was added last night to the story of Harvard-Princeton football when W. D. Hubbard '23 received confirmation from two sources of the charges which he advanced in a recent article in Liberty. George Braden '26, who was on the football squad for three years in college, issued a statement charging that he cancelled his entrance application for Princeton University at the last minute because of treatment which his brother had received at the hands of a Princeton football team. Professor George L. Owen, father of George Owen '23, is the signer of a letter released by Mr. Hubbard in which he offers to appear before a properly authorized committee and "relate in detail my personal impressions on this subject."
Acts from Good Motives
The statement issued by Braden last night was given with the assurance that he was actuated only by the sincere desire to eliminate future unnecessary injuries. The statement follows:
"It was in the fall of 1920. I had made an application for entrance to Princeton and was told that on the following Monday I would be assigned a room. My schedule was all made out. That night at Princeton, I visited the rooms of some Andover friends, one of them a Princeton varsity player. Knowing my interest in the game, and my intention for coming out for the squad at Princeton, the talk turned to that subject. My brother Jim, in the Yale-Princeton game of the previous year, had had his nose severely pummelled, three ribs broken, his leg kicked, and bruised, and flesh gouged from his body. They laughed, and said: "Now that you are on the inside, we can tell you all about that. The night before the game, we, the football squad of Princeton, were shown a picture of your brother's nose, and we were instructed to smash that nose every time we got near it." "But there were bits of flesh torn from the other parts of his body," I said. "That was--(naming the Princeton player) he always bites under the pile." My brother had to have a part of a rib transplanted before he was able to breathe through his nose again. When these Princeton football players told me this, I telegraphed Jim to ask him what I should do. He never answered, but I went back to prep school for another year and finally entered Harvard. That is all I know about the subject, and I am telling it not for any desire to back up Hubbard personally, but because I think he is doing an excellent thing in trying to clean up the game. I shall not tell the name of those concerned in the story unless Princeton demands it."