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The manifesto of the Princeton Foot-ball association published yesterday adds no real strength to the attitude Princeton has already assumed. There are still, unexplained contradictions in her position.

Harvard does not, as Princeton's manifesto seems to indicate, deny that Princeton has complied with all the technicalities of the law governing intercollegiate athletics. Indeed she seems to have been unscrupulously careful concerning these since they were her only safeguard. But it must not be forgotten that she has at the same time disobeyed the spirit of the law. If, for example, her players had been above reproach surely the manly and ultimately the least compromising course would have been for her to submit them to the oral examination and then to have urged the technicality, if she so chose. Her eagerness to avoid the oral examination, and the direct refusal of one of her players to submit to the same seems to us very much like a tacit confession of her own guilt. Had her protested players been above reproach they certainly would have had everything to gain and nothing to lose by their appearance at the meeting in New York.

As for Princeton's evidence incriminating Harvard's players it seems rather to have been a second thought than otherwise. If Princeton has valid protests to raise against Harvard's team we fail utterly to see why these were not made at the New York convention when our challenged players appeared to answer any charges made against them, It must be remembered that the threat, or perhaps we ought to say the warning, of Princeton's manifesto has not as yet been pointed with any very telling evidence,

People at large will no doubt to a considerable degree accept the statements of Princeton's faculty as authoritative in reference to Princeton's players; and indeed we do not mean to question the honesty of their convictions. They are no doubt technically right in affirming that every member of the Princeton team is a bona fide member of the university. Very likely, too, in order to avoid criticism, all the members of the Princeton team will conclude to keep up their connection with the college until the end of the year-at least they will be subjected to the greatest pressure toward this end. As to the actual intentions of some of Princeton's players, however, the faculty may well be mistaken, since their information on the vital point in question from their very position is almost sure to be unreliable. However that may be, even they, we believe, would find it difficult to explain the coming of George and Cash at the eleventh hour on any other ground than the supposition that they entered college for the purpose of playing foot ball. Now that these men are registered and the present trouble has arisen it will no doubt behoove them for a time to improve their minds.

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