In response to Captain Rhodes' orders, prospective members of the Yale 'varsity eleven appeared in New Haven and began practice on Sept. 18, a week before the opening of college. The first practice game was played last Saturday, the 'varsity against the college at large. The old men who took part were Rhodes, Hefflefinger, McClung, Harvey, Bliss and Hartwell. At half back Harvey and Bliss, and then Bliss and McClung were tried with fair success. Balliet, one of '92's heaviest men has begun training and promises well. Ridgeway, '92 will be tried at half-back. He is fast and tackles well. Mills and Owsley of last year's freshman team, as well as Bliss, Harvey and Hartwell are at work, and something will probably be made of them. Van Injen, '93, S., has a reputation as a long punter and may fill McBride's place at full-back. The general impression in New Haven seems to be that the new material offered by '94 is not very valuable. There are a number of big beefy men in the class, but they seem to lack muscle and energy. The heaviest man is Cox, a brother of Cox, '87, the well known shot and hammer man. Among the other candidates from '94 Noyes, Lewis, Stoughton and Houlahan are all heavy-weights but are said to be too unweildy for good football. Promising men from Exeter are James, Howland and Waring; from Andover, Gilbert and McCormick.
Captain Rhodes is losing no time in selecting the best material, and the following practice games have been arranged:
Wednesday, Oct.15, Trinity College at hartford; Wednesday, Oct. 29, University of Vermont at New Haven; Monday, Nov. 3, Crescent A. C., at Brooklyn.