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After smoking the calumet with Princeton over a football impasse that lasted more than five years. Harvard is contemplating taking up the hatchet again on the same subject. This time it's Yale. The new policy adopted by the Yale athletic committee whereby the Blue will wind up its season every other year with Princeton instead of with the traditional Harvard classic has been received in hard part by Harvard undergraduates. There is considerable regret and equal indignation in Cambridge that Yale should let lapse a tradition of such long standing as the final game of the season between the Crimson and the Blue by admitting Princeton to final-game parity on the odd years.
Traditions, however, like the petticoats of the Mauve Decade, are apt to be occasionally cumbersome, and when they are discarded for more rational formulas of behavior, there is always a reactionary roar. Yale's new policy has its advantages and its drawbacks to Yale's opponents, but its eventual benefits to Yale are unquestioned. Under the old system, the Blue emerged from a hard tussle with the Tiger with only one week to prepare for its closing game with the Crimson. Granted that in Holy Cross, Harvard had an equally damaging opponent, the fact remains that recent Yale elevens have been rather regularly beaten by Harvard.
By this shift from one powerful opponent to another, the suitability of Yale's final match is assured, but the problem arises as to Princeton and Harvard opponents on those years when the Yale game doesn't crown their season, without disappointment to their own undergraduate following. This deficiency could be remedied, we believe, by the inclusion of enough strong eastern elevens in the final contests of Yale. Harvard and Princeton to occasion an annual three-game circuit of equal interest. By admitting Cornell, Columbia and Dartmouth to concluding contests, the six institutions would have three hard matches to wind up the season, and no hard feelings at all. Also, there would be tradition in the making, and even in football tradition, change is the only constant. --The Dartmouth.
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