A number of graduates, interested in football, have subscribed for a cup to be awarded annually to the best kicker on the eleven. It is now on exhibition in Leavitt and Pierce's window. Captain Cumnock has received a letter stating the conditions as follows:
This cup is given in trust to the captain of the Harvard university football eleven to be put up for annual competition for a period of ten years under the following rules and restrictions:
1. The competition for this cup must take place between the 15th of October and the 1st of November.
2. The captain shall select the umpire, who shall appoint the day, keep the official score, and judge the goals, etc. This umpire shall have full power, and his decision as to facts shall be final.
3. Any question or dispute not covered or made clear in the rules may be referred by the umpire to a committee of three graduates composed of H. C. Leeds, T. C. Thatcher, and C. A. Porter; this committee to have power to appoint substitutes or to fill their own vacancies.
4. In case of bad weather, high wind, darkness, or similar reasons, the umpire may at any time postpone the trial; and, furthermore, the umpire is instructed to select the best weather and to have the conditions as nearly alike as possible. It is therefore recommended to name an early date for the first trial.
5. In case of any postponed or unfinished trial, the scores made previous to the interruption must stand.
6. The captain shall post in a conspicuous place the names of twenty-five men (representing the first and second elevens, and three substitutes), and these only shall be eligible as competitors. These twenty-five must be bona fide candidates for the university eleven.
7. The man making the best score shall have his name engraved on the cup, and will be permitted to retain the cup in his possession until June 1st of the following year, on which day he must return it to the captain.
8. The cup will become the property of the man who at the end of ten years has the highest score. In case of a tie in totals, "drops" will take precedence.
9. The ball must be a regulation ball, such as used by Harvard in that year.
10. No competitor shall be allowed to practice at the goal posts on the day of the trial.
11. The umpire shall make a distinct mark (for each distance) on the ground twelve feet in length and parallel to the cross bar dircetly in front of the goal posts. All kicks must be made from behind these marks. Any try made in front of these marks shall count as a try, and score 0.
12. The order of kicking must be decided by lot. At least two must compete to constitute a trial. No. 1 must take three kicks in succession at the first distance, and then stop; to be followed in a like manner by No. 2, No. 3, etc.
13. Each man to have eighteen tries in this order: 1st, three "place" at 30 yards, 2d, three "drops" at 25 yards; 3d, three place at 40 yards; 4th, three drops at 35 yards; 5th three place at 50 yards; 6th, three drops at 45 yards.
14. A goal from first and second distance scores 2 points. From third and fourth counts 3 pints; and from fifth and sixth scores 5 points. Highest possible score is 60.
15. In case of a tie the preference is to be given to the best total score at "drops." In case of a complete tie the winners are to kick three drops at 35 yards. If they still tie they are to continue at 35 yards (drops) "miss and go out."
16. In all cases of ties the final winner has the original score engraved on the cup.
17. The umpire will see that a correct score of the trials is inserted in a college paper.