DEAR GEORGE, - You will doubtless be greatly surprised to learn from this letter that Harvard, after being defeated at the oar for one hundred consecutive years, has at length won a boat-race! Although almost paralyzed with joy at this unexpected event, I will endeavor to narrate as coherently as possible the circumstances which led to our glorious victory.

The Convention of Boating-Men met, as you know, at Omaha last winter, and decided to hold the next regatta at Detroit, on July 25; moreover, Harvard was granted permission henceforth to choose material for her University crews from the association of colored waiters at Memorial Hall, in consideration of the fact that members of the Law School have always been excluded from rowing on the 'Varsity. As soon as the Convention adjourned our delegates hastened back to Cambridge, and at their recommendation the colored waiters were set to work, between meals, in the Gymnasium. At the spring races they entered a crew composed of six stalwart brothers, Stubbs by name, which gained considerable advantage over our University crew, beating it by one mile. It was thereupon resolved that the colored crew should represent Harvard at the Intercollegiate Regatta, and with that object in view the brothers Stubbs were kept in excellent training until the 15th of July; they then left for Detroit, accompanied by five hundred undergraduates armed to the teeth.

At Buffalo the party embarked on board the double-turreted monitor "Infinity" and the gunboats "Hyperbola" and "Parabola," purchased, as you know, two years ago by our Boat-Club to take care of the interests of Harvard at the regattas.

The only incident of the voyage between Buffalo and Detroit was the capture and execution of a band of cutthroats hired by Trinity to place torpedoes in the Detroit River for the purpose of destroying our fleet.

The 25th of July dawned, and the day was all that could be desired; in consequence of my position as war correspondent of the Smithville Daily Herald, I obtained a reserved seat on board the stake-boat (a propeller of some 2,000 tons), where also were seated the one hundred Judges, all graduates of Harvard.

The election of Harvard men solely as judges this year was owing to the unexpected liberality with which our Divinity School subscribed to the Boat-Club; a fund was thereby created which proved invaluable for electioneering purposes.


At 2.30 P. M. the crews, 499 in number, drew up in line; all the colleges which rowed in the last regatta were represented, including the victorious Vassar six; but, in addition to these, there were three crews which never before had entered in any Intercollegiate Regatta, namely:-

Harvard Crew (colored), of Harvard University, Boston,


Ephraim G. Stubbs, stroke, William Shakespere Stubbs, 4,

George Washington Stubbs, 2, John Stuart Mill Hamilton Stubbs, 5,

Andrew Jackson Stubbs, 3, Daniel Pratt Stubbs, bow.

Red Cloud Crew (Indian), of Red Cloud University, Ogallalla,


Heap-swearing Fox, stroke, Heap-pull Charley, 4,