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MR. CRANE'S LETTER.

Mr. Crane's optimistic letter on football, that we take pleasure in publishing this morning, is a frank statement from one who knows. "The whole effect upon the game," says Mr. Crane, speaking of the new rules, "has been wonderfully good." He points out the increase in strategic possibilities, and the advantages resulting for players, spectators and coaches. He fearlessly proceeds to suggest how football might be further improved for the games that are to come.

We are pleased by the tone of the letter, and at the same time agitated,--pleased because an authority is reassuring us in our belief in football especially, and intercollegiate athletics as a whole; agitated because we cannot read the letter without a return of the fear that we are to lose the very object praised.

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