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Related article: the main, yei the old-time opinion was that one's Alma Mater should come first. Judging from the present parlous condition of seve- ral branches of sport at Oxford, the sooner the latter opinion asserts itself again the better I Happily, a better state of things exists at Cambridge. General items of interest may briefly be permitted. Since our last, Death, alas ! has claimed many notable sportsmen, viz. : — Capt. D. H. Forbes (Royal Scots Militia), the old Oxford cricket •' Blue " ; Mr. *' Dan " Legge (the old Oxford Rugby football "Blue") — both having succumbed to ente- ric Eskalith Cr at the front. Dr. Perkins (Cam- bridge) has also solved the great mystery. Per contra, Messrs. W. A. L. Fletcher and W. A. Bolitho (Oxford), the famous running and cricket ** Blues," have been men- tioned in Lord Kitchener's des- patches from the front. Many prominent Light and Dark Blue sportsmen have also returned from the war, and are now in residence again. Under this category we may include Messrs. Lambert, Blake, Drinkwater (Oxford), and Chapman, Russell, Elphinstone (Cambridge). Hopes and fears make up the game of life, and we note that Lord Grimston (Oxford) has come of age ; that Mr. C. B. Fry (Oxford) lately attained his 29th birthday, and became a happy father almost simultaneously ; that Messrs. C. Wreford- Brown, A. C. Wesbitt (Oxford) have been "given in marriage " ; and that Messrs. H. R. Blaker, A. C. Sinclair (Cam- bridge), with several less known Oxonians, are now members of the noble army of Benedicts. We may conclude by saying that the "Commem." and "Mays" festivi- ties at Oxford and Cambridge are to be abandoned this year, owing to the death of Queen Victoria the Good. Some exception has been taken to this on the Lithium Eskalith Eskalith 450 Mg ground that general mourning closed over a month ago, which is right enough. All the same, noblesse oblige still obtains at our great Universities, 470 BAILY S MAGAZINB. Ovm and is as true now as ever it was! Aqaatios. — The general outlook for the season of 1901, now fairly inaugurated, is altogether rosy. By common consent it is going to be one of the best on record, socially and otherwise. Happily, the racing outlook is good. Class regatta fixtures and other river functions of this nature are more numerous than ever, while the bold experiment of holding Walton Regatta before Eskalith Er Henley has certainly given a marked fillip to practice and preparation. This old-time meeting will act as a sort of dress rehearsal for the Royal Carnival, to which end almost a similar programme has been arranged. Another reason for the excep- tional activity displayed thus early is the entry of the Pennsylvania University crew for the " urand " at Henley. It is recognised that at last English oarsmen will have foemen worthy their steel, and — taking the line of last year's prowess— the Americans are a very dangerous combination be- yond doubt. Other French, Dutch, and German crews are expected to compete in the various events also, so that the foreign element will again be a feature of the Royal meeting. By the way, we have no Eskalith Cr 450 patience with sundry who have again raised the question of tabooing foreign entries at Henley for the future. Together with Sir John Edwardes-Moss, &c., we regret that the Royal meeting ever developed into an international ditto ; but having done so it is idle to talk of going back to old- time conditions. Colonial and foreign crews now look upon Henley as the ultima Thule of amateur oarsmanship, and rightly so. Moreover, there is no doubt that such international competition tends to intensify those amicable relations which at present exist between oarsmen of every cooDtiy and every clime. In passing, ve deeply regret that the Heokf stewards have had to face a serioas deficit — some j^i,ooo — this ^ar. Some attribute this to one ^ii^ and some to another, but what is the use of splitting straws ? Tbe real reason of the conspicuous ab- sence of houseboats and launches last year on the course was the law recently passed forbidding the re-letting of craft. Whether it would be wise to return to the o^ plan is a moot point, in ^vduch opinions differ greatly. Personallj, we object to the Royal R^atta becoming — what the shrine of Diana was to the £phesians— a unique source of profit in this direction to certain enterprisii^ ones. All the same, the RoyaJ meeting cannot be run at a loss, and what is the remedy ? It has been suggested, and we agree, that the ever-increasing club lawns and enclosures should be taxed more heavily I — but this by the way. It is refreshing to note that the Leander, London, Thames, the leading Oxford and Cambridge College Clubs are already pre- paring to dispute supremacy vnth all comers for the ** Grand," &c Of the crews generally, their pros- pects and other matters germane we shall speak fully next month as usual. Suffice now to say that rarely has such excitement evinced itself all down the line, at this stage as this year. Sailing, punt- ing, and canoeing — the corollaries of rowing, as they have been called — are also being pursued, with truly refreshing zeal. The Royal Canoe Club will also be engaged in the international fray in August, a challenge for a series of races from the Winchester Boat Club (Boston U.S.A.) having been accepted. Skifif racing on the Thames has now acquired a new and deserved importance, and we ai-a <( OUR VAN. 471 a.il -^vith satisfaction the formation f a. Skiff Rowing Association this ea.r. It has received Buy Eskalith the sanction f ttie A.R.A., and (judging from virrent events) its success is as- ured ; regattas under its auspices vill take place at Bourne End, Windsor, Cookham, Thames Dit- :oii, "Wargrave, Henley, Tedding- LOiiy &c., during the season. The sensational Inter-'Varsity Boat Race this year was followed by another sensational rowing feat on the part of Messrs. Spencer OoUan, G. Towns (English Cham-