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Yale Letter.

NEW HAVEN, May 23, 1888.


Although base-ball is at present the predominating object of interest to the University, yet with the near approach of the intercollegiate athletic games there is manifest a liverly curiosity and anxiety as regards the strength and capabilities of Yale upon the track. Our class games have been unusually spirited and exciting this year. In the upper-class games Berger, '88 S., broke the amateur record in the 80 yards hurdle by covering the distance in 11 3-5s. In the freshman games Weare, '90 S., broke the Yale record in the two-mile bicycle race by finishing in 6m. 39 2-5s., while the inter-collegiate record in the 120 yards hurdle was tied by Berger, '88 S., time, 17s.

The book entitled "A History of Yale Athletics," by R. N. Hurd, '88, has made its appearance and met with a most favorable reception. It consists of some 150 pages and is divided into five parts under the heads of Rowing Foot Ball, Base-Ball, Track Athletics., and Tennis. The tables give every intercollegiate game, practice and championship, winners of championships since the formation of associations, comparative scores of Yale and her opponents, the Yale foot-ball and base-ball teams since they were formed and the freshman contests with Harvard and other freshmen.

A very enjoyable reception to the new members was given by the University Club last week. Thirty-nine were taken in from the sophomore class and twenty from the Sheff. Junior class. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, C. t. Brooks, '89; vice-president, J. B. Bailey '89 S.; secretary, F. P. Ball, '90; treasurer, C. H. Hamill, '90.

The corporation have refused the petition in behalf of the preservation of the old "fence" which was signed by nearly two thousand of the alumni. Granting that the ground about the "fence" must some time be used, the conclusion of the corporation is the only reasonable one to draw, although it was the hope of the petitioners that the refusal to place the proposed building there would establish a precedent that would render the corner forever inviolate. We are all disappointed. On us, as undergraduates. the loss will fall most heavily, while we are sure that for many years Yale life will miss one of its happiest and most whole some features.


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