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It is pleasant to note how the more rational and intelligent portion of the outer world are disposed to deprecate any undue excess in the present reaction against the "epidemic" of athleticism in our American colleges. The absurd strictures of such men as Dr. Crosby seem to meet with little approval save from the so-called religious press. The standpoint of the Nation and of other representative journals on the matter seems to be generally accepted as the more reasonable one. It cannot be doubted that the utterances of such men as President Eliot and President Barnard in favor of college athletics have carried great weight with the public mind. The almost universal readiness of college students themselves to quietly acquiesce in all reasonable restriction cannot but have had a most favorable effect. The danger of carrying the reaction to an extreme was of course the one most to be feared, and this danger now seems very nearly to have passed.

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