On the occasion of the third winter meeting of the Harvard Athletic Association last Saturday, a larger crowd assembled in the gymnasium to witness the sports than has been seen there at any previous exhibition. The fair sex was well represented, nearly one-third of the audience being composed of ladies, who showed their appreciation of the skill and agility of the participants in the games, by frequent and hearty applause. Much credit is due to Mr. Wendell for his excellent management, and to the judges for their justice and impartiality in all decisions.
The first event of the meeting was the Running High Jump, for which entered A. C. Denniston, '83, T. C. Bachelder, '83, G. B. Morison, '83, W. O. Edmands, S. S., and Walter Soren, '83. All those who had entered appeared for the contest. The height of the bar at standing was 4 feet 2 inches. The contestants went over easily, and the bar was gradually raised. Bachelder withdrew at 4 feet 7 3/4 inches, having failed to go over at that height. Edmands and Soren were applauded for the ease and grace with which they jumped, and as the stick went up inch by inch all the contestants were applauded. Morison and Soren retired at 5 feet 4 1/4 inches. Denniston was awarded the cup, with a record of 5 feet 5 3/4 inches.
The next feature of the programme was the performance on the Horizontal Bar, for which there were seven entries: Bachelder, '83, Dabney, '82, Denniston, '83, Morison, '83, Fay, '83, Bishop, '82, and Ripley, L. S. All of the contestants started off with motions easy at first, but growing more difficult with each succeeding turn. In the second and third turns nearly all the contestants received well-merited applause, and from that time on the applause was nearly continuous. The first exhibition of the "giant swing" was given by Bishop, and was evidently received with more favor than any previous event. The judges awarded the prize to Bishop.
Kaan, '83, Crane, '84, Dean, S. S., and Woodward, '84, were the contestants for the Rope Climbing. The first two entered and the belt being adjusted, they began the ascent. This bout was a tie, both reaching the top in 33 1/2 seconds. Dean and Woodward then began the ascent. They did not go to the top, and so the tie between Kaan and Crane will be contested at the Monday meeting. Distance, 41 1/2 feet; time, 33 1/2 seconds.
The next event was the Pole Vault, for which Chase, '83, Mandell, '84, and Field, '84, entered. The bar was started at 6 feet; all went over. The bar was gradually raised, and it seemed as if they would never fail. As the it successfully, the applause became vociferous. Mr. Wendell finally announced the height of the stick at 8 feet 10 1/2 inches. At this, Mandell failed twice, but went over the third time. At 9 feet 3/4 inches, Chase retired, failing after three trials. Field soon after withdrew. Mandell failed to go higher than this and was awarded the cup at 9 feet 3/4 inch.
An exhibition of Grotesque Tumbling was furnished by swinscoe, '85, assisted by Mr. Langdon of Union College. Their performances are equal to those of almost any professionals we have ever seen, and are really remarkable, considering the age of the athletes.
For the Running High Kick, the next event, there were five contestants: W. Soren, '83, W. O. Edmands, S. S., S. Coolidge, '83, J. W. Fox, '83, and A. H. Ripley, L. S. The object kicked at was a tambourine, which was suspended, for the first kick, 5 feet 6 inches from the floor. All of the contestants reached it easily at this point, and it was gradually raised until Fox retired at 7 feet 4 inches. He was soon followed by Ripley, who failed to reach it at 7 feet 8 inches. Coolidge retired at 8 feet, and was followed by Edmands, who failed at 8 feet 2 inches. Soren then reached it at 8 feet 4 inches, thus winning the cup.
There were six entries for the Flying Rings, T. C. Bachelder, '83, R. P. Dabney, '82, A. C. Denniston, '83, G. B. Morison, '83, J. R. Bishop, '82, and A. H. Ripley, L. S. Both Bishop and Bachelder performed several feats requiring great strength, and they were loudly applauded. The judges awarded the prize to Bachelder.
The University Crew gave another exhibition of Rowing, this time of one hundred strokes. They were loudly cheered upon entering, and again when leaving. The men rowed the same as last week, with the exception of Sawyer, '83, whose place was taken by Woodward, '84.
There were only two performers on the Double Trapeze, T. C. Bachelder, '83, and C. B. Davis, '84. The event was one of much interest. Mr. Wendell announced that Davis had only had a week's practice. Both men performed easily, and acquired confidence as they went on. Davis fell from the trapeze at one time, but was caught by an attendant.
Eight men attempted the contest in Tumbling, R. P. Dabney, '82, J. W. Fox, '83, A. C. Denniston, '83, L. W. Kendall, '84, E. F. Wells, '82, and C. W. Belshaw, '83. This was a very amusing event. A new feature was jumping over a canvas screen and then through it. The prize was awarded to L. W. Kendall.
The last event of the day was the one probably awaited with the most interest of any, the final contest for the Tug-of-War prize between the two former victorious teams of '82 and '84. There was considerable confidence among the men of these classes as to the success of their respective teams, and exultant cheers resounded through the gymnasium when the victory was decreed to '82.
After the meeting had come to an end President Wendell announced that the Zuni visitors would give some of their characteristic dances. These were greatly enjoyed by the audience, and really proved most interesting.