Upon being questloned last night by representatives of the press as to the statement of Manager Foote of Yale in yesterday's Yale News which was published in the evening papers, Professor Ames said:
The statement in the Yale News contains several inaccuracies and is generally calculated to give an erroneous impression of Harvard's position. That position was fully explained to Mr. Adee in a casual meeting on June 18, to Mr. Cowles who came to Castine Aug. 29, for the purpose of learning Harvard's attitude, and to Mr. Stewart who came to Cambridge Oct. 1, to lay a statement before the Harvard Athletic Committee. Harvard has at all times throughout the present controversy, up to, and including Oct. 5, been ready to let bygones be by gones and to accept an invitation from Yale to meet her in football or in all the sports either for one year or for a term of years. Harvard as the defeated party opened negotiations in April for a football game. Yale officially terminated these negotiations by Captain Thorne's letter of May 11. In common courtesy it was Yale's part to reopen negotiations if they were to be renewed at all. It was Harvard's place to maintain a dignified silence until an invitation should come from Yale. The plan by which certain Harvard graduates who neither had nor claimed to have authority to make agreements were to unite with certain Yale graduates in inviting Captains Thorne and Brewer to a conference, and by which Yale should not invite Harvard in the normal way was therefore disaproved when submitted to the Harvard Athletic Committee, the body entrusted by the University authorities with the entire super vision and control of Harvard athletics. The committee has insisted also that inasmuch as there has been a public difference between the two universities, the settlement of that difference should be public also.
Yale has been unwilling to send an invitation in the customary form for a game of football. Mr. Stewart did, however, submit a proposition to the Harvard Committee, for its approval, in the form of two letters, which, as he said, had been prepared after consultation with Captain Thorne and Yale athletic advisors. Mr. Stewart assured us that Captain Thorne would send one of these letters if Captain Brewer would send the other in reply. This proposed correspondence seemed to the Committee to be in substance a repetition of the request in Captain Thorne's letter of May 11, and a compliance with that request on the part of Captain Brewer by contradicting for himself, for Harvard supporters, and for Dr. Brooks, the published statements of the latter. The proposition was therefore necessarily declined the same day.