Princeton Letter.

PRINCETON, N. J., May 17, 1888.

Our defeat on Saturday was discouraging to all base-ball lovers in college, and Princeton realizes that so far as the championship is concerned she is out of the race. The nine are working hard every day, hoping that in the coming games of the season their fortunes may in a measure be redeemed.

There was a game scheduled for Wednesday with the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, but owing to unfavorable weather it did not come off. We play Cornell on Saturday at Princeton and have no further games until the one with Yale on the 26th.

The lacrosse team has one victory and one defeat scored against it, for games played during the past week-the one on Saturday last with Lehigh, which resulted in a victory for Princeton by the score of 3 to 1; and the one played with the Druids of Baltimore on Wednesday in which Princeton was defeated, the Druids securing 2 goals to Princeton's 0. The Lehigh game was a rough one, and many of the men carry around marks upon their persons which give evidence of misplaced sticks. The Lehigh undergraduates had in some way got an idea into their heads that their team would have no trouble at all in defeating Princeton and were loath to give up their fondly cherished hopes even when all was over.

During the past two terms, there has been a general endeavor throughout the college to draw those men who come from the same States or sections of the country closer together in their relations with one another by the formation of undergraduate clubs, which, while they serve as a social bond of union between the men in college, also stand ready to lend any assistance or give any advice in their power to men who expect to enter Princeton from the districts which they represent.

The Ohio Club holds its banquet tonight in Princeton; the North-Western at Clark's in New York, and those of the other clubs come in the near future.


Although Princeton seldom has the privilege of being entertained by any of the best musical talent of the country, on account of her situation, the tables are to be reversed this evening, and we are to enjoy a concert given by Mrs. Gerritt Smith in conjunction with a number of well-known soloists. It was through the instrumentality of Prof. Marquand that arrangements for the concert were made, and a reception will be tendered the singers by the professor at his residence immediately after the close.

The Glee Club has not given a concert for some time, but will go to Morristown, N. J., next Friday evening. The clubs feels very much the need of first tenors, and if these are not forthcoming next fall the Glee Club for 1889 will be placed a serious disadvantage.

Preparations are already being made for the coming Commencement, which promises to be one of the most interesting in Princeton's history, as it marks the close of Dr. McCosh's administration and the inauguration of Dr. Patton, who has been and ever will be in the eyes of all true Princeton men, the impersonation of all that a college president ought to be.