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Professor Ames would there fore have let matters rest for the present where they were, but for the fact that he soon after received a letter from Captain Brewer who, not unreasonably, desired to complete his schedule of games, so that he might proceed without further delay to confer with his competitors as to certain changes in the rules and conduct of the game, on the lines indicated in the letter of March 19 from the Harvard Athletic Committee to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Since the time had come when Harvard had to fill the football date, thus far reserved for the possibility of a game with Yale, and since the giving up of that date to some other college, must for the reason stated, entail a cessation of athletic relations between the Universities for some seasons, Professor Ames intended to write before taking so serious a step to ask whether the Yale policy was definitely for or against the arrangement in all the branches of athletics. If Yale would rather meet Harvard in none of the sports than meet her in football in the autumn, he was going to ask her to tell him so frankly.
Before this letter was sent, however, Mr. Alfred Cowles, the old Yale oarsman went to the summer home of Professor Ames at Castine, to confer with him further upon the question. Professor Ames repeated to Mr. Cowles the substance of what he had said to Mr. Adee, and refused to make any overtures to Yale in the matter. He felt that Yale must send an invitation to Harvard to meet her in football, before Harvard could agree to play. He did say, however, that he would do nothing further in the matter until the college year opened and the undergraduates returned to Cambridge. He said that he would hold November 9th, open for a possible game with Yale until October 5th. If no invitation to play came before that time from Yale, then Harvard would fill in that date and would not meet Yale in any branch of athletics for several seasons.
In the latter part of September Philip Stewart, former Yale baseball captain came to Cambridge to see Professor Ames. He brought with him two letters one from Captain Thorne to Captain Brewer, and an answer from Captain Brewer to Captain Thorne. These letters from Captain Thorne deplored the unfortunate condition of the athletic relations between Harvard and Yale, and discussed the advisability of renewing the friendly relations of former years. The answer was of much the same character. It said that Captain Brewer was sorry for the complication that had arisen, and that he could say so on behalf of Dr. Brooks and Dr. Conant and he thought of the whole student body. These letters were not accepted and the matter dropped.
On Thursday last the manager of the Yale baseball team wrote to Professor Ames to ask him whether, if Yale did not meet Harvard in football this fall, it would make any difference in the baseball games in the spring. Professor Ames replied that if no invitation came from Yale by Oct. 5 to play in football, there would be no athletic contests of any kind between the universities for several seasons. No invitation came, and there will therefore be no athletic games with Yale this year.