A question of the utmost importance in Harvard athletics must soon become prominent and demand a solution based on something more than temporary expediency. A fenced field on which foot-ball, base-ball, cricket, lacrosse and general athletic contests can be held, must be provided. Strong opposition has been made to putting a permanent fence around Jarvis field, and if Holmes field is to be gradually filled by gymnasiums, law schools and physical laboratories, there will be no use in expending money on improving that. The athletic association is urgent in its demands for a level running track of a third or quarter of a mile in extent, in place of the present inclined fifth of a mile. The foot-ball men, and the whole college on their behalf, say that it is of vital importance that they should have a good enclosed field in which to play matches. The base-ball men recall the throngs of people who see all their games on Jarvis field, as contrasted with the few hundreds who are occasionally public spirited enough to pay their way to the benches. Then there is already lack of room for practice for the various teams, and mutual concessions have to be made by them constantly. The athletic committee just granted the lacrosse team the present use of the land on Holmes field, between the new law school and the Pudding building, but the cricket club uses that in the spring, and then lacrosse will have to go elsewhere.[Advertiser.
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