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EDITORS DAILY CRIMSON: I shall esteem it a high favor, if you will permit me to say a few words through your columns on a matter of interest especially to freshmen, but also in some degree to the college at large.
Next Monday '90 is to decide whether Yale is to take part in the race with Columbia or not. And with Harvard alone rests the decision. For, despite all that was said by the Columbia men immediately after last year's race, they have again assented to the admission of Yale. It is therefore all important that '90 should look well at what it is doing in admitting Yale to the contest. First, let the freshmen remember that the Thames course is not a course adapted for three crews. Wide as the river seems, it is impossible for three crews to race upon it with equal advantages of wind and tide. One crew must suffer at best; what, then, will the case be, should the weather be such as it was last year or if other unfavorable conditions should arise? We do not think of this when the Yale boat suffers but had it been our own, as it might at any time be, there would be fewer advocates of the admission of Yale, this year.
Again are we bound in honor to admit Yale? Assuredly not. Contrary to long established custom, its crew was admitted last year and thus all obligation to Yale was discharged in the acceptance of the challenge. But the result of last year's race, - I hear some one saying. Are we responsible for that? are the conditions of wind and tide at New London in Harvard's power? Yale had as fair a chance as was possible with three boats in the race. Harvard gave her an opportunity to defeat our crew; Yale failed; must we keep giving her opportunities?
Last, there is some talk of a second race, after the Harvard-Columbia race, with the Yale freshmen. This is manifestly out of the question. For our crew would be out of condition after a hard race with Columbia, to meet a few days later a crew of fresh men whether the race be a long or short one. No doubt Yale would welcome such a match; for every advantage would be in favor of its crew.
It is, I believe, generally thought that '90 will admit the Yale freshmen. But if they are admitted, '90 admits them with its eyes open to the consequences.
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