As shown in this morning's communication, the members of the University fencing team have to put up with disadvantages which prevent any but the most enthusiastic from taking part in the sport. We do not wonder that the size of the squad appreciably dwindles with the realization of the expenses involved, and that no better record is made in the intercollegiate meets. But the Athletic Committee apparently feels that the general interest in fencing is not great enough to warrant paying the expenses, and until there is a material change from the prevailing conditions, it will probably not change its mind.
It is certainly undesirable to leave fencing on its present footing, for it is not right to have any University team handicapped to such an extent. If the Committee feels that there is enough interest to make intercollegiate matches worth while, the expenses of the team should be paid in whole or in part from the general fund. It is perhaps doubtful if this step would make the sport particularly popular, but it would at least be given a fair chance for success.