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A suggestion was recently made through the columns of the CRIMSON that the H. A. A. should offer handicaps in the winter meetings. The prospects for entries by Harvard men was then so discouraging that the president of the H. A. A. had been bilged to make a public appeal for more contestants. If there were but few men ready to enter then, the events of the last week have been by so means encouraging to those who were hesitating or unwilling. At the meeting of the Boston Athletic association, a Harvard man far surpassed the best records of all other competitors in the running high jump, and showed he could win the same event at the winter meeting with no difficulty at all. To make an interesting competition he ought to be liberally handicapped Other events in which the circumstances are similar are putting the shot and the fence vault. If handicaps were offered they could be extended to almost all the events of the open meeting-fence vault, sole vaults, running and standing high jumps; running high kick, and rope climbing. We should not advocate offering handicaps if there were a prospect of enough entries by Harvard men to make the meeting interesting, but present indications point to the contrary. Unless a sudden and decided change takes place in the intentions of the athletic men, the offer of handicaps would induce a great number of men to enter the meetings who have so present intentions of doing so. At any rate the plan would be well worth the consideration of the H. A. A. officers.

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