The Charles River yesterday afternoon, full of Harvard craft, presented a sight not seen since the close of the spring crew season last term. It was the first day for fall rowing, and at that time some fifteen crews took to the water from Newell Boat House.
Coach Charles Whiteside is trying a new rowing scheme this fall, that of putting his experienced oarsmen on the river in shells which hold four men, each handling two oars. These "quadruples" are being used for the first time at Harvard, and are expected to facilitate the improvement of individual blade work, its well as teaching a finer sense of balance than is possible in an eightoared shell.
Coach H. H. Haines of the Freshman forces, had over 150 men reporting for work, the largest turnout in many years. Before the week is out he expects fully 200 first year men. Upperclassmen who reported numbered 137.
The Leviathan, loaded to the gunwales with ambitious Freshmen, plied its lumbering course up and down the Charles throughout the afternoon. There were 13 eight-oared crews afloat, four each of experienced Freshmen and veterans of the University season. Six boats of 150-pounders went out, also to try their oars for the first time this fall.
The practice on the river for the next few weeks will continue to be extremely light: It is particularly helpful to men who have never rowed before, and who have a chance to start their work before the busy spring season, when coaches and crews are constantly working with the prospect of races before them.