NEW YORK, June 20, 1882. The session at Columbia has now closed, and nothing remains for the students to do but go to New London to cheer up the crew. Fortunately the apathy which at one time seemed about to kill all our boating and athletic prospects, by hard work on the part of a certain few, was driven off.
Since my last letter Columbia has repudiated her lacrosse team, much to the delight of many and regret of a very few. The team, however, continued in practice and braced a little, but not enough to get back into the good graces of the students. Some of the lacrosse men themselves were glad enough to have their association abolished, for they perfectly understood the cause of so doing, and wished to rid the association of an obnoxious element which in a measure was responsible for the chronic defeat met with everywhere. No objection whatever is offered to their reorganization in the fall, and the chances are that if the obnoxious element is kept out, and the right men obtain control, lacrosse will once more be set on its booming career, and may after all turn out a credit instead of a disgrace to Columbia.
Our 'Varsity crew went to New London on Thursday last, where they are now hard at work. The record of the crew so far has been a very creditable one, as it has defeated some of the best eights in the State. In the Passaic regatta, on Decoration Day, although losing over a length on the start, our eight caught, passed and crossed the line a winner by a length over the Metropolitan crew of Albany, two and one-half lengths ahead of the celebrated Dauntless crew of the Harlem, and fully six lengths ahead of the Eureka crew of Newark. This victory was repeated in the Harlem regatta, where our colors shoved to the front over the Metropolitan, Athletic and Dauntless.
The following is the make-up of the crew :
Name. Age. Height. Wgt.
Bow, G. E. Fitzgerald, '84 21 5.8 155
2. D. B. Porter, '83 21 5.9 1/2 174
3. W. A. Moore, '82 22 5.9 168
4. D. Reckhart, '84 20 5.11 172
5. E. T. Lynch, '84 20 6.0 1/2 178
6. W. Wheeler, '84 22 6.0 182
7. H. R. Muller, S. of L. 22 6.0 174
Stroke, J. A. B. Cowles, '83 20 5.10 158
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