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The scratch races are soon to be held on the Charles River upper course. We have two small suggestions to offer to the Boat Club in regard to them: first, that they be started promptly. It has always been the rule to start them a half hour behind time, but November is not September, and it will not be pleasant to sit and shiver on the boat house float while the boats are getting ready; neither will it be pleasant for the men who are waiting on the water. The second suggestion is, give up a place to see the races from. Again turning to our former experience, we remember having had to push and jar our way through a crowd of half-dressed men to a couple of starting gangways and a very small porch, where we were in constant danger of getting knocked into the mud by the stampede following the nose of a barge issuing from the boat house. Now, how is the crowd which will surely assemble on the Anniversary Day to see the races comfortably? How will they see them at all? How will their lady guests see them? We should advise the Boat Club to build a row of seats on the point opposite the boat house, like those on Jarvis Field. The privilege could easily be got from the proprietors of the field, and much larger crowds would visit the boat house at the annual scratch races, and at the spring practice of the crews. We do not say that the scheme would prove anything more than a great accommodation; but it might prove remuneration and surely would pay for itself.

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