For those who have not gone out to Holmes Field this spring and watched the nine at their daily practice it must be hard to realize how hard and steady this work has been and how much of a sacrifice the members of the team have been making. The work of the candidates for any college team is always hard, but the work done by the candidates for this year's +++ nine has been very much harder than usual. Not only have the men done hard physical work, but they have been called upon to use their heads, and to study the game until the right plays in every case should become instinctive with them. And the men have done all this with a spirit and a determination which are beyond praise. Their coachers have asked a great deal of them, but they have never found them wanting.
At first sight it seems as if all the drudgery had fallen to the lot of the team, with all their incessant practice at small details. But if any one will consider for a moment who it was that had to drill all these details into the men, who had to keep them up the high standard of activity which they had set for themselves at the beginning of the year, and to see that their efforts were all expended in the right direction, he will recognize at once that the thanks of the college will be due to the coachers almost as much as to the nine. To these men, especially to Mr. Winslow and to Mr. Smith we wish to express the most heartfelt gratitude of the whole University. It can have been no easy task to come to Cambridge every day, and keep up such an active interest in the work of the men as they have shown, and when it is understood that this work has been combined with thought and responsibility it is plain that the value of their services to Harvard cannot be overestimated.