Mr. Marriott of last year's crew will, however, row stroke in the race; and Messrs. Mulholland and Cowles, also of last year's crew, will ultimately be in the boat. The coxswain is not yet chosen.
The Cambridge eight began hard work on January 28, and the following are the men now in the boat: Bow, C. H. Prest, Jesus; 2, C. T. Holmes, Clare; 3, H. L. Pilkington, Queen's; 4, R. J. Spurrell, Trinity Hall; 5, T. W. Barker, First Trinity; 6, E. Nettleford, Caius; 7, T. Williams, Clare; Stroke, T. E. Hockin, Jesus; Coxswain, G. L. Davis, Clare. Mr. Hockin is the only old "Blue" left in the boat, but there is a chance that Mr. Gurdon, who is at present coaching, will take a seat later on.
Columbia-Oxford. Bell's Life says of this race: "If the only question on which depends the race between these Universities is that of championship, we think neither this nor any other contest can take place until American rowing assumes a far different aspect from that which now exists. As matters stand, no college crew can lay claim to the championship."
A letter from Cambridge, Mass., to a New York daily, says: "Harvard feels badly, as her captain told me to-day, because Oxford has not challenged her rather than Columbia, whom Harvard beat at Springfield. Columbia seems no crew to represent American colleges, and the graceful thing would be for her to resign. Cornell protests; Harvard does not, and will not." The N. Y. Country says, "Although Columbia has no claim to represent the Champion American College Four, she has as good a right as any so to do." The N. Y. Spirit says, "Columbia's performances at the Centennial are overestimated. The British crews she met there were not the fastest crews in England. Dublin had no rank at home: Cambridge was no University Four, but a volunteer party from the various College Rowing Clubs; the London Four had only two of its regular men. We notify English oarsmen that when they beat Columbia, they beat a crew never within sight of the American Amateur championship."
Columbia, in several letters to the New York papers, has distinctly disclaimed any intention to go to England as the Champion College Four. They go merely to represent Columbia College, and the venture shows a pluck and enterprise which every true lover of sport must admire and applaud. The crew, as at present made up, consists of: Bow, R. E. Sage; 2, R. Colgate; 3, C. S. Boyd; Stroke, J. T. Goodwin; Substitutes, G. H. Ridabock and C. Edson.
TENNIS.It may not be generally known that there is a Tennis court and club in Boston. There is such a club, numbering among its members the most fashionable people in the city, which has a court on the corner of St. James and Dartmouth Streets. To encourage men from Cambridge to join, the managers have reduced the membership fee to $10, - to all others it is $30. The only other expenses are a racket, about $6; tennis shoes, rubber-soled, about $7; and a suit of flannels, about $5. Besides being a most interesting and exciting game, it is the very best of exercise.
BICYCLING.In view of the present budding, and, it is to be hoped, increasing, interest in this sport, we append tables of fastest times, as likely to be of interest
1 mile, J. Keen, 2 min. 56 1/4 s.
10 miles, " 33 min.
20 " " 1 h. 5 min. 34 s.
50 " " 3 h. 6 min. 45 s.