NEW HAVEN, Oct. 25, 1882. - The opening of a new year at Yale has brought with it the return of those interests which usually command our attention in the fall. The freshman class, though at first rumored to be the largest class which had ever entered college, has now assumed the proportions of the average class.
It is very gratifying to note that the custom of hazing is rapidly losing its hold here. The course of the present sophomore class has generally been very commendable in respect to that, and should '86 in turn frown upon that time-honored, though barbarous custom, Yale would forever afterwards be relieved from every reproach from that source.
Hamilton Park presents a lively scene. Among the sports which we have been accustomed to see there, we notice the presence of a new one in lacrosse. It is hoped that since that has been made a university matter it may continue to grow in popularity. Our team, though defeated in the two matches with Princeton, should find much encouragement in the closeness of the games. Victory can come only after long practice and experience. We hope for better success in the near future.
Foot-ball practice is steadily maintained and excites much interest among the students. The strength and amount of skill brought out so constantly in the game render it highly exciting to look upon. It is still early to make just comparisons between the team of this year and that of last, and to judge of our chances of success this year. The eleven of this fall will be somewhat lighter than that of last. There is a great deal of fair material from which to draw for the vacant places on the team; that which is excellent is still wanting. The best points in the play of the eleven at present are the kicking of half backs and the quickness of rushers in getting on to the ball. The passing and throwing are poor. As the time approaches for important games, we hope to see these faults corrected.