Active work in the new Yale gymnasium began Wednesday. The freshman classes commenced exercise in the morning, and yesterday the sophomore classes started in with their work. With the two upper classes the gymnasium work is optional, but nevertheless light and heavy work as well as classes in fencing, boxing, wrestling, and swimming are open to them. If the next generation of Yale graduates does not turn out physically powerful men, it will not be the fault of the Yale gymnasium. Everything has been done to make the new building thoroughly adapted to the purpose in hand. On the top floor is the large exercise hall where the classes in gymnastics are held. It is fitted up with the most recent apparatus, and the system of exercises which will be employed is to be drawn from the American. German, and Swedish systems, principally from the last. The practice of accurately measuring the body, similar to that which is carried on in the Hemenway Gymnasium, will be as usual, conducted by Dr. Seaver.
The portion of the new gymnasium which should bring the most envy to the soul of the long-suffering Harvard man is that which is devoted to the baths. When one hears of twenty-one shower baths, he looks with rueful comparison at the accommodations which the Hemenway gymnasium at present offers. Besides this, there are Turkish, Russian, and ordinary baths. These are nickel plated, put in at an expense of $500 each, and are provided with thermometers to regulate the temperature of the water. Adjoining these showers are sweating and rubbing rooms, and a circular, hot air drying room with a glass dome, and a lounging parlor for cooling off after bathing.
In addition to all this, the Yale gymnasium has a swimming pool. How long Harvard must go without these luxuries, is from present appearances, not a thing which one contemplates with pleasure.