The letter from the Yale baseball management, cancelling the games with Harvard, is one of the most surprising communications we have ever seen. It is impossible to see how Yale could, in a spirit of justice, assume such a position; and it is equally hard to understand her tone of personal attack upon Captain Dean. However ill-advised his conduct may have been in trying to arrange his games with Princeton without consulting the advisory committee in baseball, it is perfectly certain that he arranged the games in good faith, and equally certain that his arrangements with Yale were made in the same spirit. For Yale, therefore, to designate his action as "refusing to carry out the terms of your agreement with us," is equivalent to saying that Captain Dean has broken his good faith. Yale cannot pretend that she does not know that all arrangements for games and other athletic matters must be submitted for approval to the Harvard Athletic Committee. Certainly that committee has been prominently before the public often enough of late in exactly such actions, and no games with Yale nor with any other college have been finally arranged without its express approval. Take it all in all, Yale's claims are anything but creditable to a management which usually has borne the reputation of acting in a fair-minded and honorable way.
We are willing, however, to impute to Yale, despite the tone of her letter which would indicate otherwise, sincere motives. It is this belief in Yale's sincerity at bottom which leads us to think that games between Yale and Harvard for this season are sure to be readily arranged. Yale seems to have taken her position rather from a misunderstanding than a wilful disregard of facts; and in view of these circumstances, it ought not to be hard to bring about a friendly settlement between the two colleges.
Whatever steps, however, Harvard may see fit to take in order to reach such a settlement, Yale may as well understand clearly that they shall not be upon a basis which allows Yale to dictate in the slightest degree to Harvard. Harvard will play whom she pleases without reference to Yale. We make make this statement at the very outset. We trust that we have made it clear enough for Yale's thorough understanding.