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Editors Daily Crimson:
Some days ago there appeared an editorial in your columns approving the recent resolutions of the Athletic committee; since that time no further notice has been taken of the matter. This leads to the conclusion that college sentiment is unanimous in their favor, which I have reason to believe is very far from being the case.
The effect of these resolutions, of course, will be to force us into a dual league with Yale-if she happens to be willing to enter into one. But we have been given to understand that these resolutions are not final-which presumably means that if sufficient opposition is shown to them, they may be withdrawn. Last year the question of a dual league was proposed and unqualifiedly rejected. Has college opinion completely changed? The only thing to cause such a change was Princeton's action last fall. We expressed our dissatisfaction at this by withdrawing from the foot ball league. Yet even this movement was not at all unanimous at the time, and within two weeks after, many men expressed their regret for having voted for it. Are we going to be so childish as to let a momentary ill-feeling carry us to the extreme of refusing to have anything more at all to do with Princeton? In the past she has behaved every bit as squarely as Harvard. We have had far more trouble with Yale: she has always been the tricky college, winning by fair means or foul, indifferently. At Mott Haven last year she won the cup from Columbia by an unfair decision, and New York club men spoke of the ungentlemanly conduct of her athletes, in contrast to all the other colleges.
There are a number of men in college who are pushing the dual league scheme, and the Athletic committee have almost played into their hands. Some of them honestly think the scheme best for our interests, but others appear to be merely actuated by the desire (of which the newspapers accuse all Harvard) of wanting us to be sure of second place, since we can't get first. Do these men adequately represent the college sentiment? We were told at the mass meeting that except Yale, the other colleges can not fairly compete with us; yet some how the fact is that they do, and beat us in the bargain. Harvard is not in such a position that she can afford to be exclusive. Our action in foot ball, though somewhat justifiable, has aroused too much ridicule and contempt all over the country to allow us to go further. There is a feeling among many that to confine our athletics to Yale will be an unwarranted and unwise step. Let this feeling be shown now in a vigorous protest against the new regulations.
The time has come for the college to bestir itself and settle this question-not in some hastily-called meeting, but with deliberation and thought. Do not let us drift into a dual league through mere inertia. It cannot but have a bad effect on the country at large. Statistics show that our prestige is waning; it is a serious moment for us, a time to throw off our indifference and meet the question squarely.
A. H. W.
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