Sport: Oxford vs. Cambridge

Oxford was weak. Grip had come upon her crew, afflicted man after man with grievous coughs, so that, on the day of the race, an oarsman who had been in training only seven days had to he substituted at bow. Cambridge was not strong. Her eight sturdy rowers pulled strongly, smoothly; but there was in that boat a weakness in which, Oxford thought, Fortune might insert a wedge. That weakness was A. G. Wansborough, stroke. Thrice in the preceding week he had "caught a crab."*

Therefore, on the morning of the race, some Oxford...

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