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Athletic contests between colleges, although usually presumed to be conducted on the most sportsmanlike of terms, are, nevertheless, notorious for the emotional tension, often resulting in outright bad feelings. In view of that fact, it is very encouraging when two colleges, such as Harvard and Princeton, manage to settle their difficulties in an entirely amicable manner.
In a baseball game between the two colleges a week ago Saturday an objection to an umpire's decision was registered by Princeton. The outcome of the game and, more than that, the league standing of a team, depended on the decision. It was a situation fraught with the possibility of unpleasantness. Relations were broken off some years ago for little more than that. Such, however, was not to be the case. The two teams had no dispute, the Harvard CRIMSON spoke for fairness, and the two athletic associations were able to reach complete agreement.
The announcement which appears today to the effect that the protest has been repelled at a mutual request to the intercollegiate League that the game be played over from the beginning. It is a move based on an admirable spirit of cooperation, and upon the principles of sportsmanship which rightfully belong to all sports contests.
Thus, Harvard and Princeton no longer need to resort to ill feelings and emotional reactions to settle differences. But, aside from the present significance of the agreement, it should serve as a guidepost for all future occasions and as an example to other contesting colleges as well. There is no need for legal decisions when sportsmanship prevails. The Daily Princetonian.
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