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To the Editors of the Crimson:
The "prophets of evil" are having a lovely time of it now. Amherst, Cornell, and the B. A. A., have each and all scored against our 'varsi y team. It is true, it is unpleasant, it is ominous even, if you will, but it by no means follows that we are going to be beaten at Springfield. What Harvard men need to remember just at present is that the way to make such a defeat sure is to croak, to be downcast, to fret and worry over reverses - for we call the scores against us reverses. The spirit of all of us must be bright, hopeful; else the influence upon the team will be disastrous; which the recent games are not. Let there be no easy, very easy fault finding with coaches, captain or men. They are all as anxious as any one of us to win from Yale; they are more anxious; and they have to do the work, to stand the training, to keep themselves fit for the big battle. Do not let us dishearten them by dismal, doleful predictions, however much these may seem justified by the recent successes of our opponents. A game is never lost until time is called. Our men have near a fortnight in which to recruit and practise. Any one who understands the matter will readily agree that the team which will face Yale will be in much better condition than the team which was scored against by Cornell or the B. A. A. It is easy to stand by a victorious team which has whitewashed a its opponents - and there is no particular credit attached to such support. What we want to do now is to make ours feel that the University is with it, believes in it, and looks to it to win honors at Springfield. Otherwise, if we are beaten, we shall be largely responsible for the defeat, for we shall have discouraged our men - about the worst thing we can do.
X. X. X.To the Editors of the Crimson:
The present condition of the freshman eleven is a disgrace to the class of '96. Although there are plenty of men in the class who are capable of playing football, at present not enough candidates appear on the field to form two elevens for practice. Early in the season, the number of candidates was large and the prospects of the team were good, but the number of men has been diminishing daily. This is due either to want of perseverance or to lack of interest in the team. As a matter of fact, the eleven is by no means made up and no man is sure of his position, although the game with Yale comes within three weeks. Therefore let all available men come out at once, if they have any interest in the success of their team.