26 MARCH 1910, Page 3

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat-Race was won rather easily by

Oxford on Wednesday. A good stroke must be born, not made, and Oxford has such a stroke in Mr. Bourne, who knows instinctively when he can safely rally his crew, when he must give them time, and exactly when his challenges to the enemy have their greatest tactical value. He has, in fact, all the arts of rowing generalship. The Orford crew was the best Oxford has produced for several years. The Cambridge crew compounded for what they lacked in science by rowing one of the pluckiest stern-chases ever seen. They mere under the disadvantage of having altered their style. The style they attempted was certainly right and the one they abandoned was certainly wrong, but a period of transition has its notorious dangers.