Saturday's football game was one in which every Harvard man has a right to take pride. It was a first rate contest from beginning to end, won fairly and squarely by Pennsylvania, lost pluckily and honorably by Harvard. Certainly, however disappointed we may be that the final score was against us, we can feel that there was a decided victory for good clean sport, a victory in which Harvard shared not less than Pennsylvania and upon which both can look with equal satisfaction.
The defeat of Saturday affords little ground for discouragement to those interested in Harvard's athletic welfare. The winning spirit was shown and if it is kept up, as there is every reason to expect that it will be, it is sure to bring its reward sooner or later. Those who are inclined fallaciously to assume a connection between this and other defeats, and to look gloomily on the future,- if there are any such-are as unworthy of being Harvard men as they are devoid of every essential quality of sportsmen.
It is not necessary to assure the members of the eleven of the sincere appreciation which the University feels for their faithful work. It was so heartily cheered at the field Saturday as to leave no doubt of this. We cannot, however, express too strongly the gratitude which the University feels to the coaches who have given so much time to the development of the team and to the substitutes whose work, though not rewarded by places on the eleven, has involved steady, patient effort throughout the season.
In choosing Wrightington captain for the coming year the members of the team have put Harvard's football interests into the hands of a man whose experience on the eleven and personal qualities eminently fit him for the position. The University has every confidence in his ability and will support him heartily in the task which has been entrusted to him.