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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original
book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ...that prevailed, the Oxonians not
only keeping way with their opponents, but appearing, as they opened more to the view, as if they meant shortly to go
right ahead. On crossing the stream, no doubt remained that the Oxonians had the advantage, and when they drew past the
Cantabs at the point, and got into the inside station, the shouts of the myriads of Oxford men on the meadows rent the
air. Cambridge exerted themselves to the utmost, did all that men could be expected to do, and struggled as if for life
to alter the position of affairs; but, alas! all to no purpose, for the Oxford University crew most gallantly went in
the winners by nearly a boat's length, accomplishing the distance in 9 min., being 14 sees, more than in their race with
the Trinity boat, the 'Black Prince.' Thus far we have given in outline the chief events of each of the first five years
of Henley Regatta, partly because the beginnings of so great an annual institution are naturally of interest, partly
because the races mentioned were, for one reason or another, in themselves exceptional. To describe thus exhaustively
the best races of the fifty-nine years that have passed since the foundation of the Regatta is obviously impossible, and
we must content ourselves with a meagre reference to a very few of the more important struggles that have taken place
since that day. But before mentioning these races of later years it will be necessary to refer to the additions that
were made from time to time to the programme until the list assumed its present proportions. Of the events that now make
up the Henley programme the Grand and the Stewards' were in 1843 the only ones existing. The next race to be added was
the 'Diamonds' in 1844. It was originally a 'Scullers' Race ' for a presentation prize...