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The cricket eleven is to be congratulated on receiving permission to play games in Philadelphia. This will not only give the team an enjoyable trip, but will afford them two excellent matches. The granting of this petition may seem at first sight like an inconsistent infringement of the New England rule, but a little consideration will show that the action is perfectly consistent. As we understand it, the New England rule was made to restrict the course which the athletics of the time were taking. If the condition of things has so changed that it appears for the best interests of Harvard athletics that the rule should in a certain case be broken, it is no inconsistency for the Athletic Committee to take the step which they took last evening. Games with the University of Pennsylvania and Haverford, two of the American colleges most interested in cricket, have been considered desirable for the advancement of cricket at Harvard; and with the cricket eleven showing that it would be able to bear the expenses of such a trip there was sufficient reason to warrant the team's making the trip for which they petitioned.

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