PRINCETON, N. J., April 21, 1888.
College commenced Thursday, after one brief week of vacation, and a shroud of hard work once more envelopes Princeton. Third term with us is a most pleasant one and always looked forward to with pleasure by every member of the college and back upon with feelings of regret when passed.
On Thursday evening the nine returned from its annual spring trip, and while it did not come back crowned with an olive chaplet of victory, as the series made by opposing teams amply show, still many valuable points were secured and needed practice given, which of course was the main purpose of the trip. Many are the criticisms which could be made on the team play, but we look forward to the future and to faithful hard work, hoping that many imperfections will be blotted out.
Staten Island plays here this afternoon and an interesting contest is expected. Owing to mismanagement and neglect the tennis courts have not been laid out for the season, so that the "tennis fiend" must needs content himself with playing base-ball.
With the final coming of spring work has commenced again on the new Art School. which will be pushed right through to completion.
The Morphological Laboratory is nearly finished and will be ready for occupation next fall.
Track athletics are not in a more prosperous condition than usual, although quite a number of new men have gone into training. It is always difficult to excite an interest in this department of athletics at Princeton, notwithstanding the fact that we have all the advantages which a good track, club house and the services of an excellent trainer can give. The Gymnastic Association has begun practice preparatory to the exhibition which it contemplates giving during commencement week. The "Dramatic Association" has also begun rehearsals of the play "Engaged" to be given sometime during the term, for the benefit of the base-ball association. The seniors have begun their usual custom of singing on the steps of old North, a practice which is kept up throughout the whole of third term much to the enjoyment of all.
The Princetonian, Lit. and Philadelphian have changed hands, and '89 has now control of all publications so that a new year and a new condition of things have been ushered in.