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FOOT-BALL CONVENTION.

THE meeting of delegates from Harvard, Princeton, and Yale took place at Springfield, Wednesday, October 9. A telegram from Columbia announced that they would not be present, and would probably have no team this fall. While waiting for the arrival of the Yale delegates, who did not appear till 3.30, Harvard and Princeton discussed the subjects of the number of men to compose a team, fifteen or eleven; and how many touchdowns should equal a goal, if any. Some points in the rules were changed, where the meaning was not sufficiently clear. It was agreed to play fifteen men, to have four touchdowns equal a goal; but in case one side obtained four touchdowns and their opponents a goal, those having the goal to win the game. Further, that we should make alternate visits, one year to Princeton, and the following year they should visit Cambridge, and so on. At this point the delegates from Yale arrived. In answer to the question as to whether they had full power to act or not, they replied in the negative. This at once made the meeting an utter waste of time, as far as making arrangements with Yale was concerned, for her delegates could do nothing about playing with fifteen men until, they said, "a meeting of the College was called and the matter discussed." Mr. Camp, in behalf of Yale, challenged Harvard to a game with eleven men. This was flatly refused. Princeton, through Mr. Ballard, then challenged Yale to a game with fifteen men, which was declined by the latter.

Yale reminded Princeton and Harvard that she was the champion eleven, which was promptly acknowledged by Harvard, with the addition that she might consider herself the champion eleven of the world. The Yale delegates had a private talk together, while Harvard and Princeton settled upon the date of their game, Saturday, November 16, in Boston. Yale again came forward and wished to discuss the relative merits of fifteens and elevens. Views and arguments were exchanged, and Yale wrote down our reasons for preferring fifteen men to eleven, and agreed to present them to the College. We absolutely refused to play with less than fifteen, and until the matter has been settled in New Haven, no thoughts of a game will be entertained. The meeting then adjourned. Mr. Terry, of Amherst, was in Springfield to make arrangements for a game. The 9th of November was mentioned as the date, and Boston the place for the game. Amherst will play fifteen men, and four touch-downs equal a goal.

ON Saturday the University played and defeated a Picked Nine by a score of 5 vs. 2. Such excellent players as Thayer, Tyng, and Sawyer, as well as Rollins and Ferris of the Beacons, played on the Picked Nine. Ernst pitched for the University. Base hits, Harvard 7, Picked Nine 6. Errors, Harvard 9, Picked Nine 8.

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