The New York Times publishes a few interesting facts about the coaching of the Oxford and Cambridge crews. It is almost an ideal system of amateur and intercollegiate athletics when such good feeling as exists between Oxford and Cambridge is established. The Times says:
"One of the most striking features of the preparation for the race between Oxford and Cambridge Saturday was the coaching of the Oxford crew by a Cambridge oarsman-Mr. Rudolph C. Lehmann. Nor is this the first time there has been such a display of good feeling between the two universities. As far back as 1852 T. S. Egan, a Cambridge coxswain, coached Oxford. In 1869 and 1870 George Morrison of Oxford coached Cambridge after Cambridge had met several successive defeats. Again in 1883, W. B. Woodgate, an Oxford oarsman and editor of Oars and Sculls, coached Cambridge.
"The rowing traditions of the two universities do not differ materially, so it is easy for a man from either university to coach the crew of the other. Traditions are at times lost sight of, however, and when this occurs it requires careful work to restore their sway. For instance, for several years prior to last year's race Cambridge won by superior leg work. Cambridge, however, was becoming careless in body form, and Oxford, perceiving her error, worked until she successfully grafted good leg work upon good style, which she has always preserved easily on account of the enlistment of men from Eton College, the great rowing school of England. The result was that Oxford won last year.
"From this bit of rowing history it is easy to appreciate the necessity of sound traditions carefully preserved. To the credit of Yale it may be said that she was quick to build up her system once she saw the need it, and Yale rowing stands today on a solid foundation with a clearly-defined policy. Harvard, on the other hand, has a code not so clearly formulated. She has men who understand the science, but unfortunately there are factions that represent different ideas. In rowing, Harvard is sorely in need of leader and of harmony among her graduates."