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Edward enjoyed it all, though the race itself with the Corinthians was disappointing. It had been generally predicted that the Corinthians would win, but not by a margin of about ten lengths; they trailed the Pythians from the start.

Edward, who rowed seven in the Pythian boat, the important position which Sheldon had vacated, was much cast down and wondered if he was more than one eighth to blame, and if after all he might not be given the expected place in the School boat.

His misgivings proved unfounded; the disastrous “break” in the Pythian boat had occurred behind him; numbers three and four caught crabs, and two weakened; in fact, the general opinion was that only Davis at stroke and Edward at seven had rowed in first-crew form.

And they were the only ones from the Pythian crew to be chosen for the School boat; the other six were all Corinthians. Durant was stroke, Edward was put in at seven and Davis at six; then followed five Corinth-