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We clip the following from the Yale News of Friday : "There appeared in this morning's paper a letter from the chairman of the committee on athletics, forbidding the Harvard eleven from carrying out an arrangement with Yale to play a match game on the polo grounds on Thanksgiving day. This action will cause serious loss, financial and otherwise. In the first place the faculty force the Harvard management to break a definite verbal agreement entered into by representatives of the two colleges acting through the Yale foot-ball president, with the consent of the Harvard president, Mr. Clark, and the manager of the polo grounds. This manager would have perfect right to claim damages from Yale and Harvard for breach of contract.
Secondly they make us incur a loss of $1,500, the amount realized for several years past at the Thanksgiving game, upon which we have been relying to meet our financial agreements. Last year it was played in Cambridge. The receipts from the game were, as we are informed, some $1,200, all of which went to Harvard. It does not seem just that the Harvard faculty, by an arbitrary action based on reasons which to say the least, will admit of discussion, should at this late hour, after all contracts had been made, cause so great loss to us. If any changes in the rules seemed advisable to them, notice should have been given before, when any suggestion which they might have made could have received attention. Yet as far as her game with Harvard is concerned Yale is willing to make any changes the faculty may suggest,
The rules quoted as showing the brutality of the game as now played are in a sense mere forms. The same rules may be seen in base-ball. No one would say that base-ball was brutal because there are rules that forbid intentionally knocking a man down or intentionally striking him. Surely the latter rule indirectly implies more brutality than the ones so much objected to by the committee. It seems to us that the committee objects more to the letter of the rules, the possibilities they suggest, than to their spirit. But after all we object most strenuously to the time they have chosen for their action. It is too late after all arrangements have been made to interpose objections that should have been made before if at all. If Harvard insists on any such change it would seem that they have a right only to say that Harvard cannot play under the existing rules during the season of '84. And these rules, as before stated, Yale is willing to change in any way for the Thanksgiving game."
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