The American Rowing Almanac for 1874, edited and published by FRED. J. ENGLEHARDT, 37 Park Row, New York.
THE second issue of this book has just been made, and it fully maintains the reputation attained by the number for 1873. Mr. Englehardt is the boating editor of the Turf, Field, and Farm, whose able criticisms on all the late races are well known to our readers.
This issue of the Almanac is particularly interesting to Harvard men, as it devotes several pages to records of all the races of Harvard crews from 1865 to October 25, 1873. The races between Harvard clubs before 1865 are not given, because, as the editor says, whatever records of them may have been made cannot now be found. A short account of all the intercollegiate races from 1852 to 1873 is added. A noticeable feature of the Almanac, and one on which the editor seems to pride himself, is the maps of the Saratoga, Troy, Harlem, and Springfield courses. Those of the Troy and Harlem courses are, of course, of less interest to men in College than the Saratoga map, which will most certainly be very useful this summer, both to those who see the races, and to those who merely read the newspaper accounts of them. The appearance of the Springfield course is so familiar to most of us that we have little need or desire to study the position of the famous sand-bank and the Long Meadow. In the record of the Springfield University Race of last summer, the editor places the crews according to his own observation of their positions at the finish, placing Columbia next after Harvard. It is refreshing to observe that, although he speaks of the negligence of the judges who were placed at the finish, the compiler makes no mention of the "diagonal line." The rules of the Rowing Association of American Colleges, those of the Association of Amateur Oarsmen, the rules of betting, the definition of an "amateur" oarsman, several pages for memoranda, and various tables of more or less value to boating men make up the rest of a most useful little book. The price of the Almanac is 50 cents.