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To the Editors of the Crimson:
GENTLEMEN:- There seems to be no knowledge on the part of the students of the University of the disposition that is being made of Jarvis Field. Thirteen tennis courts are to be built at once on Jarvis Field, in such a manner as to spoil the field for other sports. Now while every chance should be given to a sport that is as popular as tennis, is it wise to cripple other branches of athletics for the convenience of the tennis association? There seems to be something radically wrong in any scheme that deprives us unnecessarily of one of our principal athletic fields. It is perfectly possible to build these courts at the western end of the field and in other places that will not interfere with the baseball ground. In fact the graduate manager has offered to build a larger number of courts than the tennis association wants and not injure the field at all. It is true that the tennis association wants this all done before the interscholastic tournament, on May twelfth, and the courts can be built quicker as proposed. But while interscholastic athletics deserve encouragement, are they to be encouraged at the expense of our own students? If it should be urged that it would cost less to build them all together there is little doubt that the extra expense need not fall on the tennis association. That the ground at the western end of the field is just as suitable as anywhere else need not be doubted in view of the fact that the championship matches have always been played on the court on Holmes Field.
There are many reasons why Jarvis Field is desirable for baseball and other sports. As it dries quicker than Holmes or Soldiers Fields, the 'varsity nine can begin practice at least two weeks quicker if it has the field. Can we afford to be in the field two weeks later than Yale? Then again our class nines have no fields on which to finish their series. Norton's Field is in wretched condition and as the lease expires in a few weeks it is hardly to be supposed that the graduate manager will feel authorized to spend much money on it. The freshman nine will also be without a place to practice. Then there are the scrub nines which provide exercise and recreation for a large number of men. All these organizations are directly injured unnecessarily.
Every year two or three hundred men play baseball as a means of exercise. For nearly all these men Jarvis is the best field at their disposal. It is cared for by the Harvard University Baseball Club and the students are put to no expense. The baseball club is selfsupporting and the students are admitted to its games at a merely nominal price. The baseball management has always tried to accommodate and encourage every form of athletics and the Tennis Association has more than once been benefited by them. The present action has been taken without any notice, beyond mere rumor, being given to the baseball management and it has been given no opportunity to object. The graduate manager is opposed to it and the tennis association alone will not be under his management. Considering all these things it seems to me that the students of the University are called upon to object to the action that has been so suddenly begun.
(Signed) ARTHUR P. STONE.
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