We are glad to notice that with the advent of spring a new interest in bicycling has been awakened, and a greater proportion of men are seen indulging in this really very beneficial exercise, for who can deny that as exercise it is beneficial? It is true that many physicians object very strongly to the wheel, and prophecy many injurious results that will arise from its use. How true and accurate these prophecies are, all who have ridden a bicycle for any length of time, who have experienced the exhilaration of whirling rapidly along in a manner which seems contrary to the laws of nature discovered by Newton, and who have felt their muscles grow firmer, their lungs stronger, and their nerves more steady by its use, can easily judge. In fact, most physicians who have raised the strongest objections to the bicycle are the very ones who have the least practical knowledge of the machine. In England, where the bicycle has been gaining rapidly in popularity since its invention and adoption, the physicians who know the machines thoroughly and have had many opportunities to study the effects of their usage, are very warm in their praise of the rubber-shod horse, and often use them themselves in making their various calls.
Harvard appears, at any rate, to recognize the bicycle as a health-giving means of progression, and the constantly augmenting number of the bicycle club shows that the interest felt in them is not ephemeral, but lasting. While the general interest here seems to be in creasing, it seems strange that more active interest is not displayed. The managers of the club have shown considerable and commendable activity in getting the members together, arranging meets, etc., but the members of the club fail to respond, and the meets are poorly attended. Let us hope that more active interest will be shown in this matter, and that the far-famed Harvard indifference may not extend its blighting influence to this branch of our athletic sports.