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Soon after the examinations all the four classes will probably get teams in practice for the tugs-of-war to come off in the winter meetings. The great interest that this event has always aroused has made it one of the few contests that have caused much rivalry of late years between the classes. In last year's meetings '82 came off victorious more on account of greater skill than of superior strength. This year, however, the proper method of pulling will be better known, and we may look for very exciting contests.

Many were disappointed that our university tug-of-war team did not come off better in the pulls at the Polo Grounds last spring; but the ease with which they were pulled over the line was owing to the fact that they attempted to pull on the loose ground with the same theory that had proved so successful in the pulls on the cleats. It cannot be doubted that pulling on cleats is in many respects very like the way in which these tugs are now pulled out of doors, and it is certainly very much better practice for the out-door pulls than the old way of pulling on the gymnasium floor, but there is still an essential difference between pulling on cleats and pulling on the soft earth. Candidates for the team to be sent to the Polo Grounds can best be chosen from the class tug-of-war teams, but when the team chosen begins practice in the spring it should be borne in mind that they are training for a contest essentially different from those of the winter meetings.

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