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To the Editors of the Crimson:
I wish to call attention through your columns to the very evident disregard which the class of 1904 shows for its football interests, a disregard which is bound to wreck its chances of establishing a good class reputation. For several years past no Freshman team has lost its Yale game. I wish, therefore, to call attention to the present conditions, for if the disposition of the class as thus far shown may be taken as a criterion, 1904 bids fair to fall below that record. I wish to bring out the latest bit of evidence. On Saturday, a regular day of practice, out of a squad of over eighty men barely forty candidates put in an appearance on the field. What the cause of such direct violation of all athletic discipline could have been it is hard to understand. Not only the fact that the team lacks material and experience but also the very idea of such an unsportsmanlike proceeding should condemn it. Although necessary absence is excusable and a preference for other branches of athletics is legitimate, no circumstance can excuse the deliberate failure to appear without previous notification.