EDITORS HERALD-CRIMSON : In the account of Saturdays handicap meeting the time 8 min. 5 sec. for the mile walk is spoken of as "slow." It is not remarkably fast time, it is true ; but it is not "slow." It is better than the best Yale record (8 m. 13 sec). Moreover Mr. Darling's actual time (since he started 10 sec. later than Mr. Shattuck) is about 8 minutes ; and therefore better than the time of the winner last spring. Allowance, too, should be made for the poor condition of the track.
Your article also gives the impression that Mr. Darling is not a proper man to be coached for the mile walk, and mentions a gentleman who walked but once last year when he made 8 min. 59 sec. (a minute slower than Mr. Darling's actual time this year, as the proper man.
Is this either just or encouraging to either contestant in the race ?
Oct. 29, 1883.
S. M. H.