The Harvard-Columbia freshman race will be two miles, on the Harlem, Saturday, July 1.
The trustees of Columbia have provided temporary gymnasium accommodations for the college, and in consequence of the expense incurred thereby have withdrawn their annual gift of $200 for college sports. The Spectator suggests the holding of a winter meeting (similar to those at Harvard and Yale) in the gymnasium next term.
The Union League Club of New York has presented a petition to the board of trustees of Columbia College praying them to admit women to lectures and examinations in the college. The petition sites the state of opinion as evinced by the recent action of the universities of Cambridge and London. Dr. Storrs, Parke Goodwin and E. L. Godkin are among the petitioners.
The New York Times claims that Cotton Mather invented the marking system, and says that it "soon after came into use at Harvard College, where the Mather name was potent, and thence spread to other colleges as fast as they were founded. Whatever the vicious or bad effects of the marking system - and it is generally acknowledged that it fosters more and worse kinds of meanness than any other educational or civil law to which young men can be subjected - it must be preserved for its founder's sake!"
The "American College Song Book," about to be published by Orville Brewer of Chicago, has received the co-operation of forty colleges throughout the country, and is a work that promises to be a complete success. The promised number of pages in the book will probably be increased to 250, in order to include selections from the existing songs of some twenty colleges which have declined to co-operate in the enterprise or to supply original matter. We cannot but regret that Harvard is not suitably represented in this book. Of course the proposed song-book of her own will satisfy all local needs; yet we are nevertheless now deprived of any due representation musically before the college world.
The Brunonian make a very excellent statement of prospects in base-ball, as follows: "Not a little uncertainty has already begun to be felt concerning the successful competitor in the inter-collegiate games, this spring. It was early the opinion that Yale would of course make herself first, but the beautiful game of the Crimsons with the Mets rather turned attention to a college a little to the northeast of New Haven. The close games that Princeton has played with first-class nines gives an intimation of a formidable opponent in the New Jersey college; and the exciting twelve-inning game of Brown and the Lowells, resulting in a tie, indicates that the college of Rhode Island has a nine not much inferior to the best. It is certainly more desirable for the interest in base-ball in all the colleges that the nines are to be thus more evenly matched than formerly. The utmost exertion will be required for any nine that takes the pennant. It seems quite probable that victory in every game will belong to that nine which works hardest for it. We haven't the least hesitation in saying that Yale's chances are not a whit better than are those of Harvard; that, if anything, Harvard's are more promising. It is impossible, as yet, to prognosticate anything of either Dartmouth or Amherst, as the practice games of the former were the first of ball they bad had this spring, and the latter has not yet been heard from. Exciting and close games may be expected."