The present football season, which began last spring with the series of smoke talks on different points connected with the game, formally opened with the practice on So diers Field, September 21. There was no summer practice, although a squad of backs consisting of Captain Wrightington, Beale '97, Warren '97, Brown '98, Cozzens '98, Mills '99, Richardson '99, and Cochrane '99, assembled at Barnstable for ten days light practice in August.
It had been expected that a larger number of men would turn out on the day when practice opened this year than last year, but the expectation was not realized. Only twenty-eight candidates presented themselves and of these only four were new men. The first week was therefore very discouraging, especially since Coach Waters was prevented by illness from directing the work of the men.
With the opening of the present week the prospects brightened considerably, as several promising new men appeared and the substitutes of last year joined the squad. The total number of candidates out for practice Monday night was forty, an increase of almost twenty over the number that appeared Saturday. The men took hold of their work with a spirit that was really encouraging.
Of last year's 'Varsity squad, C. Brewer, Rice, Gould, Nowell, Holt and Gonterman will not return to college. The men who will be in the University and who are expected to play are Captain Wrightington and Dunlop '97, half-backs; Beale '97, quarter-back; Cabot '98, left end; J. N. Shaw '98, right guard; F. Shaw '97, centre. Doucette L. S., Donald '99, Haughton '99, Moulton '98, and Brown '98, last year's leading substitutes are also with the squad now.
Few promising players are found in the entering class. Those who have made the best showing thus far, are Sargent and Burden of last year's Groton School eleven, and Barnie, captain of the Roxbury Latin School eleven last fall.
The squad has been coached by Marshall Newell '94, most of the time. Head Coach Waters also expects to have the assistance at different times during the season of J. H. Sears, W. H. Lewis, B. W. Trafford, and other graduates, so that the eleven will not lack the best teaching and training that can be had.
The schedule of games has not yet been completed, but so far as arranged is as follows:
Oct. 3. Williams at Cambridge.
Oct. 7. Trinity at Cambridge.
Oct. 10. Newton A. A.
Oct. 14. Undecided.
Oct. 17. Brown at Cambridge.
Oct. 24. Cornell at Ithaca.
Oct. 31. Carlisle Indian School at Cambridge.
Nov. 7. Princeton at Cambridge.
Technology Athletic Games.A large number of Harvard men have entered for the athletic games to be held on Saturday evening, March 14,
Fall Tennis Tournament.The following entries have been made for the fall tennis tournament which begins on Monday. The entries do not close
The French Play.In response to a call for candidates for the French play, twenty-five men presented themselves yesterday afternoon at Brattle Hall.
'Varsity Track Games.The annual fall games of the Harvard Athletic Association will be held this afternoon on Holmes Field at 4 o'clock.
COLUMBIA ATHLETES.This year Columbia will make a much greater attempt than ever before to put a strong team into the field