It will be a great blow to Harvard men to learn that the Athletic Committee has refused to allow the H. A. A. to send any delegation to the Mott Haven games next spring. This is the inevitable result of the New England rule, which has been causing so much trouble in all Harvard's recent athletic negotiations. The rule had to be broken again, as it was last year for the H. A. A. and the Cricket Club, and as Harvard offered to break it to allow foot ball games in New York in alternate years in case of a dual league with Yale; or it had to be enforced this year in every case. The committee chose to enforce it, thus cutting off all possibility of Harvard's winning a second Mott Haven cup, and leaving track athletics with no intercollegiate games to look fosward to. This seems an extremely unfortunate moment for such a step. If any advances have been made by Yale toward a dual league, the committee should have waited until they were completed before taking such decisive action. If none have been made it was ill-advised to cut Harvard off from all intercollegiate track contests.
If some games are not speedily arranged to take the place of the Mott Haven games, there will be no interest in the spring meetings this year, and Harvard will suffer a terrible blow to her prestige on the track. Of course no negotiations can be entered into with Yale except on the basis of a dual league, for it was distinctly understood last year that the sports should stand together and that none should make a permanent arrangement for contests with Yale except on the basis of a dual league.
It is to be regretted that Harvard, after all her experience last year, should have deliberately placed herself again in such a false and awkward position.