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Rowing at Oxford and Cambridge.

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In the current number of the English Illustrated Magazine are two excellent articles on boating, one on "Rowing at Oxford," by W. H. Grenfell, the other on "Rowing at Cambridge," by R. C. Lehmann. Mr. Grenfell's article is a sketch of an imaginary Oxford man who enters college knowing nothing about rowing, and ends by being stroke of the 'varsity eight. In the course of this sketch a vivid description is given of rowing matters at Oxford, of the novice, torpid. college and the 'varsity crews, the amount of training and coaching each has to undergo. Strict training at Oxford begins in Lent. Every morning the crew take a walk around the parks ending up with a 100-yard sprint. The 'varsity crew lunch separately in their various colleges, but all dine and breakfast together, each member of the crew entertaining the rest by turns At both Oxford and Cambridge the captains and presidents of the 'varsity boat club are the most important personages in college.

Mr. Lehmann in his "Rowing at Cambridge" tells of the origin of college and university crew racing in 1830 and he also draws a picture of an imaginary freshman's first attempt at handling the oar, his troubles and final successes. The first of the Cambridge races are the Lent races, rowed at thend of February, in which thirty on. boats take part. Then come the May races, the Colquhoun races, and the university trial eights races. This last is a race between two picked crews selected by the president of the university boat club from the promising men of every college club. In conclusion Mr. Lehman draws a vivid and charming picture of the delights of rowing at Cambridge and the happiness attendant upon a victory over Oxford.

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