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The following appeared as a communication in the Princetonian. It offers a solution of the low standard which that college has taken in track athletics.
There seems to be a good deal of grumbling in college about the record made by the athletic team on Saturday but the poor showing is easily explained if all the circumstances are taken into account. How is it possible for an athletic team with no money to support it and with no sympathy from the college to encourage it, to compete with teams which have all the money and support necessary? If those men who talk about our "hard luck" or "our poor team" will compare the way they treat their team with the way the other colleges treat their athletic representatives, the results will be very easily accounted for. The Harvard team went to New York the day before the game and stopped at one of the best hotels; each man had a liberal allowance to defray his expenses. On Saturday afternoon the team was taken directly to the grounds in a coach and received with cheers by enthusiastic supporters; after all this expenditure the association will have a balance of over a thousand dollars. Compare this state of affairs with the condition of athletics at Princeton. After some difficulty our association managed to borrow a sum of money. This enabled them to send the team up to New York Monday morning. A further allowance of borrowed cash gave the Princeton representatives a light lunch and the balance was large enough to pay their elevated R. R. fare, compelling them to walk six or seven blocks to the grounds. The association here is now two hundred dollars in debt.
It is about time the students of Princeton College learnt that it takes money to win victories from other colleges. It is about time that those men who imagine that they support the team by betting on them, learnt the falsity of their position. If some of the men who supported the athletic team by this method had given a little of their spare, cash to the association, the results would have paid even from their selfish financial point of view.
The contest for the athletic cup is different from the other contests, in that a victory is a victory over a dozen colleges at once; every effort should be made to win this victory and when the means for making a good showing and possibly of being victorious, are as simple as they are, it seems as if we ought to contribute generously, s.
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