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The novel offer of prizes for the greatest degree of physical development, which a gentleman connected with the university has made, as explained by the president of the Athletic Association in another column, is certainly an experiment that has much to commend it. It conclusively proves that Harvard College takes a direct and official interest in the question of physical as well as intellectual education of those under her care. The conditions of the offer are particularly well devised to promote excellence in this branch of education, as well as to stimulate a healthy interest in athletic exercises in quarters where such interest has heretofore lain dormant. The donor of the prizes should be thanked for the wisdom and appropriateness of his gift.

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