Now that the class secretary has been chosen, it will soon be time for the members of the senior class to write their class lives. It is no easy matter for the secretary to perform all the duties of his office under the most favorable circumstances, but his work becomes doubly hard when his class mates are slow in complying with his requests for data concerning themselves. This however is too often the case, especially of late years when the writing of class lives has apparently fallen into unmerited disrepute. It certainly is the part of all to do their best to aid the secretary, and it is only false pride or the poorest of poor taste for a man to refuse to do what is asked of him in behalf of the whole class. The class of Eighty-four has had a splendid career in college and it will be a great mistake if the records which it leaves in the hands of the secretary are not as full as it is possible for each member to make them. They may be sure that the secretary will ask for no useless information and certainly no one should be so selfish or indifferent as not to comply with his requests.
If any measures are to be taken in regard to a professional coach for the nine, it is high time that they should be brought forward. The nine has passed through one season unaided by any outside skill, and the result speaks for itself. There is no use in continually harping on the fact that the great nine of '77 won the championship, and yet had no professional coach. Base-ball was one thing then, but today matters must be viewed in a different light. Skilled players were then comparatively few, and moreover the scientific game of today was just being introduced. As a result of careful practice we have now many professional ball players of six or eight years experience, who are fitted to instruct those less experienced. Is it reasonable to assert that a man who has studied base-ball can give as valuable advice to young players as can a learned professor in college to classes in his particular department? We have good material at Harvard and it is simply a down-right shame that it cannot be worked to the best advantage. Other college faculties attempted to do away with professional coaches, but their willingness to admit their mistake led them to rescind these measures. The faculty of Harvard have always been inclined to consult the best interests of the students, so that it seems very strange that in this particular they should stand out in the face of the unanimous opposition of our undergraduates.