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THE Cornell Navy has withdrawn its challenge to our Boat Club, on the pretence that it is indignant because that challenge has not yet been formally accepted. The indignation may seem natural enough to those who do not know that an informal letter was written some time since to the Cornell boating authorities by the Secretary of the Harvard University Boat Club, stating that circumstances prevented his sending the formal acceptance at that time, but assuring the Cornell men that the challenge would doubtless be accepted very shortly. The members of this University may naturally wish to know what reasons have prevented the Executive Committee of the Boat Club from accepting Cornell's challenge. We had hoped to publish an official letter explaining the matter in full, but unfortunately the meeting of the Executive Committee did not occur in time. We are informed, however, that such a letter is in preparation, and will soon be sent to the Spirit of the Times.

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