The plan which the athletic committee now intends to carry out-namely, to appoint a regular instructor in rowing on the same basis as the present instructor in field sports is appointed-is better than nothing, but it will be far from satisfactory unless the man finally chosen is very carefully selected. This selection must be left in the hands of the Boat Club officers if anything like satisfaction is to be attained. It is a matter in which only men intimately connected with rowing should interfere. The problem now is-who can be found, graduate or otherwise, in whom the crew can have confidence, and who has shown his ability to handle an eight-oared crew. There are two classes of oarsmen, professional and amateurs, and this instructor must come under one of these heads. Experience has shown in many ways that Harvard does not want anything to do with professionals; they have never done us any good, and no one can judge how much harm. The instructor must then be taken from the ranks of the smateurs, but in glancing over the names of the very limited number of men whom it is possible and advisable to employ, we are able to find no one who understands rowing and coaching as well as Bancroft. There are others who might fill the position but none whom we can think of who would be willing to devote his time, to become a professional teacher of rowing, even for the benefit of the Harvard crews. We sincerely hope that the proper man will be found before the end of the month and that our rowing interests will soon be placed on the path leading to the longed-for victory on the water.
It seems as though it would be practically impossible to get the right kind of a man, and all the arguments of the majority of the committee we have heard so far do no not counterbalance the loss of Bancroft.