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HARVARD-PRINCETON

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Signs of growing cordiality between the Harvard and Princeton undergraduate bodies indicate that the wire from Cambridge to New Jersey, although officially out of order now, will some day be repaired. Robert Kelley's sympathetic survey of the situation yesterday set forth developments which show that the healing power of time has eradicated all traces of bitterness from the hearts of the present college generation.

Rome, however, was neither built nor destroyed, in a day. Good feeling is indispensable, but also insufficient. Real obstacles which cannot be lightly brushed aside as mere technicalities still block the path to a mutually satisfactory restoration of Harvard-Princeton athletic relations. Of these a fundamental difference in interpreting the former triple agreement bulks large--not because of musty history, but because Yale is vitally concerned in any rapprochement of her closest rivals.

The Princetonian holds no especial brief for the triple agreement. That it exerted a vigorous and beneficial influence on intercollegiate sport is of course, our firm conviction. That Harvard-Yale-Princeton athletic relations can find no more enduring basis than a similar agreement carefully revised is our sincere belief. Nevertheless. If a dual contract between Harvard and Princeton could adequately take into account the interests of Yale's pivotal position, then refusal to negotiate would frustrate all hope of resumption by overemphasizing a set of rules that are excellent but not sacrosanct. Youth is impatient--sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly. It is impatient to see a reconciliation between long-separated friends.

It agrees with Heywood Broun that good football games like good wine are better for the mellowing effect of age. Harvard and Princeton students of today regret that Harvard men of yesterday published a Lampoon of many barbs, that Princeton men paraded down Nassau Street on the night of the break rejoicing. --The Daily Princetonian, May 7, 1930.

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