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NEW LONDON, CONN., June 12. - Nearly the entire course for the Harvard-Yale race on the Thames has been marked by flags set at intervals of a half mile, today, by Captain Ed. Griffin, in the steamer Skip Jack, but the crews have not made use of them in speed trials yet. This morning the Harvard-Yale crews went into their boats at 10.30 and spent a couple of hours in rowing short stretches, in which the faults of the oarsmen were corrected by the coaches, and attention given to stroke and form. The Harvard crews pulled over the longest distances, coming down as far as the navy yard, accompanied by the launch, from which the coaches observed the work and gave instructions to remedy visible defects. Yale remained almost within hailing distance of quarters and in the waters of the cove just above Gale's Ferry, a section which has always been a favorite practice ground for the Yale crews. A strong southerly breeze made the course a little too rough for the best work in shells, except well up the river. It was expected that one or both 'varsity crews might cover the full course, but they did not attempt it. Before dusk a dense fog hung over the river and land, making it dangerous for the boats.

The agreement of Harvard and Cornell to engage in sports is the absorbing topic at the quarters of the crews. It came as a big surprise to Yale, for nothing of the sort was anticipated. The matter has been pretty freely talked over since the news came in the morning papers. Robert J. Cook would not talk about the matter, as he knew nothing except from the papers. Favorable conditions tomorrow will probably lead both the Yale and Harvard crews to go over the four miles at speed.

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