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Editors Daily Crimson:
DEAR SIRS.- At a time of the year when other subjects about college do not attract general interest, perhaps you will find room in your columns for some remarks about the state of rowing at Harvard.
At present there are two events which fill up the rowing calendar of the university-the class races and the Yale race. Other events happen, of almost no importance, such as the scratch races in the fall and a sculling match in the spring. Though the first are usually well attended and quite interesting, they afford no experience in rowing and are not thought of a week before or a week after the event. The sculling race excites no interest whatever except to the participants and half a dozen lookers-on.
In every freshman class there are scores of men who try for their class crew in the fall, and, failing to get on, never see anything more of rowing than some painful, spiritless drudgery in an eight oared barge or on the rowing weights. Now out of all these men there are few who, if introduced to shell rowing or racing of any kind, would not be enchanted with it, and many during their whole college course would engage in rowing as others do in tennis. There has not been room, heretofore, in the boat-house for more boats than those used by the class and 'varsity crews, but since a new boat house has been put up, which the regular crews will not trouble, such men will be enabled at a small expense to carry on their sport as much as they please. There must be many men in college who would enjoy a sculling race vastly, and not the race only, but much more the practice on the river. Pairoared, and four-oared rowing is also very pleasant, and if there were cups offered or a suitable race arranged, many would go into the sport with zest. Such races, once started, would grow in popularity and rowing in time become established on much firmer ground.
If men could appreciate the pleasure of sculling, they would go into the "Harvard Cup" races with enthusiasm. There is a fine silver challenge cup which the winner holds for one year, besides a handsome plated cup to keep forever. On the challenge cup the winner has his name engraved and thus passes down the fame of his prowess to the future.
But it is not the cup which is most attractive to the real oarsman, but the fun of sculling-an art which, once acquired, will yield more pleasure to many than any other sport. I earnestly hope that men will not be discouraged by imaginary difficulties, but find out at least what advantages there are for sculling in Cambridge.
I am informed that the new boat house will be stocked with a number of singles, pair-oars, and fours, not of the very lightest sort, but light enough to race in or to upset in. A meeting will be held, later in the season, of all those enough interested in the project of a sculling race even to talk about it. In the meantime, I suppose, the CRIMSON will be willing to print suggestions from any who may have plans or schemes to better the mode of carrying on the race.
J. R. FINLAY.
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