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Hare and Hound Runs.


As one who took part in the Hare and Hound run yesterday, I wish to make some suggestions in regard to certain objectionable features of the sport as it is conducted. In the first place, the custom of running through back-yards, across gardens, perhaps through flower beds, and of climbing fences in such a way as to break many of them down, is not only unethical, but illegal. For fifty or more men to make a public high-way of a private yard is a trespass against the rights of the owner. The average back fence, too, is not built with a view to resist the pell mell onslaught of such a mass. Yesterday's course, which went through a score of yards, resulted in some destruction of property and probably aroused considerable ill-feeling against the college. This last we cannot well afford to do. I believe the full benefits of this worthy sport may be obtained without our becoming a nuisance to the community.

There is plenty of fine open country between Fresh and Spy ponds and toward Watertown, Belmont, Arlington and Mystic Lake, where the best advantages of cross-country running may be had without injury to anyone. Nor would the distance be too great if the hares would start directly for the open country.


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