Yale Letter.

NEW HAVEN, NOV. 1, 1887.

Now that the track athletes have had an opportunity of exhibiting their skill and the results of their fall training, and have retired from the field with great credit and glory, our athletic interests all seem to converge towards the foot-ball team, and the tests of its strength and ability are observed with anxiety. The game with the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, was a great di-appointment to us all, although our team showed signs of improvement in certain branches of their work. The blocking was poor and the fumbling of the ball was something to be deplored.

The fall games of the Athletic Association on the 22nd were satisfactory in every sense of the word, although the high wind prevented the breaking of any records. The best time in the 100 yards dash was made by Sherrill, in 10 2-5 sec. The half-mile handicap was one of the most interesting events of the day, and resulted in a walk-over for your college, the first four men being from Harvard. F. R. Dana won in two minutes and one second. The mile run was another feature of the games and was won by Harvard in 4 m. 53 1-4 sec. The tug-of-war between '90 and '91 proved very exciting. '90 won the drop by about three inches and held it for three minutes, when '91 began to pull the rope over to their side and finally won by about four inches. In the evening a reception was tendered Mr. A. B. Coxe, '87, the captain of last year's athletic team, who was presented with a miniature Mott Haven cup, one side of which is engraved with the victors of the cup since its origin, and the other with a presentation inscription.

The following were elected officers of the Athletic Association at a recent meeting: H. F. Walker, '89, president; Gawtry, 89, S., vice-president; Bayard, '90, secretary and treasurer, Moen, '89, S., and Harmar, '90, members of the executive committee.

Considerable interest has been manifested lately in hare and hounds runs, one of which took place last Saturday. The hares were Lane, '88, and Harmar, '90, and they succeeded in returning to the start forty-five minutes ahead of Phelps, '87, the first of the twenty-eight hounds who followed in their trail.

The Yale Literary Magazine made its first appearance this year in its October number, and is remarkable for the high standard and general excellence of its pieces. Perhaps the most praiseworthy are "Count Tolstoi and My Confession," and a beautifully expressed poem, of much greater length than the average literary poem. As a whole, the pieces show more thought than usual and predict a bright year in our literary life.