When President Eliot accepted the parchment containing the expressions of felicity from representatives of practically every undergraduate activity in college, and delivered a brief exhortation to the 2,000 students assembled in front of University Hall to do him honor Thursday, he concluded ceremonies in celebration of his ninetieth birthday at which one of the most notable gatherings of distinguished citizens ever assembled was present.
Among the prominent guests who gathered in Sanders Theatre to honor President Eliot were Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Judge Edward T. Sanford '05, of the United States Supreme Court, Governor Cox of Massachusetts, Presidents Angell of Yale and Garfield of Williams, and many others of the nation's foremost citizens. Following numerous speeches by these men, the scene shifted to the Yard where final ceremonies culminated in a brief exhortation by President Eliot.
Announce Large Gift To Harvard
By far the greatest surprise feature connected with the celebration Thursday was the announcement of a gift of $1,250,000 made in honor of President Eliot to the University from its alumni "for the better" support of certain departments of the University." The announcement of the gift was made by Bishop William Lawrence '71, Bishop of Massachusetts.
Eighty Football Candidates Report
At a meeting of the football candidates held in the Varsity Club on Tuesday night, eighty candidates, the largest number that have ever reported for Spring practice, heard Coach Fisher announce April 21 as the date for spring football to begin, the practice to last three weeks.
Polo Team Overwhelmed By Yale
Playing against a rejuvenated Eli outfit, the University polo team was overwhelmed by the score of 13 to 1 on Tuesday night in the semi-final round of the National Indoor Intercollegiates. This was the final match of the indoor season for the University poloists.
Competitions for the four departments of the 1927 Red Book got under way with a meeting of candidates in the Standish Hall Common Room on Tuesday evening. The 54 Freshmen who reported for the editorial competition constitute the largest number of candidates that competition ever has drawn.
The entire Junior class of the Springfield Y. M. C. A. College visited the University on their annual tour of observation of athletic equipment among the schools and colleges near Boston. Harvard's facilities received the highest praise from Professor G. B. Attleck, who had charge of the trip.
Oarsmen Get Out Onto Water
On Thursday for the first time this year, three, University crews each in a barge, and 20 Freshmen dormitory and 150-pound men tried their oars in the icy waters of the Charles. Coach Stevens had all three University crews on the water for fifteen minutes, both Thursday and Friday, and indications are that practice will be held regularly on the Charles from now on.
Francis Browne Hayne '26 of San Francisco, California, was elected Thursday to captain the 1925 wrestling team. Haynes, who wrestled this year in the 175-pound class, defeated every opponent during the season, including the representative from Yale.