The times has shown, of late, a marked improvement in general tone and character.
THE Yale University Crew consists of Messrs. Cook and Fowler, '76; Kennedy, Nixon, Wood, Brownell, S. S. S. And we can take no men from our Law School!
THE College Mercury publishes a poem entitled "Vineta," from the German of Muller, one of the most gracefully written translations we remember to have seen among our exchanges.
THE Yale Seniors are dissatisfied with the manner in which Mr. Warren, their photographer, is fulfilling his engagements. The Hartford Nine intend helping Yale to win the college championship, as the Bostons assisted the Harvards last year. - Yale Record.
The Williams Vidette gives an exciting account of the hair-breath escape of two Sophomores, who were almost caught by the Prex. while smoking. All boarding-school boys will sympathize with them. We advise Williams students who use the weed to read Mr. Dick Swiveller, on the modes of escaping detection.
CERTAIN we are, that in the person of Dr. Eliot, its President, Harvard has a living illustration of the beauty and power of a fine, neat, simple eloquence, which only need be adapted to each scholar's and each gentleman's native turn of feeling and thought, or his acquisitions, to realize our view of what is to be desired. - College Herald.
The High School, published at Omaha, is a large and well-printed sheet, but entirely devoted to educational matters, and is of little interest to the general reader.
WE esteem the Williams Review too highly to allow the slightest break in our friendly relations through any fault of ours, and therefore hasten to apologize for anything that may have given offence in our last notice of the Review. There was a misunderstanding on our part as to the spirit of its notice of us, but as the animus of our squib was not very malicious, we hope to be easily forgiven.
AT last the temperance movement has reached the college. Considerable interest is shown, and, happily for the cause, a society has been organized in South College, with the following pledge:
"Eternity Club.""We the undersigned hereby solemnly promise to abstain from the use - medicinal or otherwise - of all intoxicating liquors, meaning all liquors with any percentage whatever of alcohol; also from the use of tobacco, opium, and hot lemonade; also from all profanity and obscene conversation for all time and eternity." - Amherst Student.
A STRIKING want is evident, in both the Cornell papers, of articles written by the students. The last numbers have been nearly entirely made up of editorials, correspondence, and locals; and, while a few articles discussing collegiate subjects have appeared, no purely literary pieces seem to be published. However ably a paper is conducted by the editors, it seems to us to be scarcely an exponent of the literary ability of the College, unless it is partly supported by the students in general.
WE are very much pleased with the sketches of life and character in the Record, and gladly take the opportunity of enlightening our readers as to the manners and customs of the natives at Yale: "A friend of ours always begins his afternoon parade by standing on the steps of the New Haven House, with an old toothpick in his mouth that he has kept for the purpose. After he has made a good impression he starts down street, stopping long enough to get a cigar charged; he circulates around until the free soup is ready at Eli's, and then slips in and enjoys himself for an hour, drinking on a friend in the mean time. There are plenty of them here in college."
THE Hesperian Student for February is a unique production; the poetry is better than in many college papers, but rather broad for Eastern readers, and in an aimless poem we have the startling announcement of thoughts that are "sitting on the eyelids" of a student, "bending o'er the classic page"; and these same thoughts later "rustle in his hair." In descriptive language the paper is very rich; as a specimen, we have "uproarous silence." It is hardly fair to be severe on a new issue, but it is better for a paper to be dull, and free from shameful typographical errors, than passable in reading matter, and full of such unpardonable mistakes as "wether," "conicious," and "ficle."
THE Yale Courant of this week compliments our Harvard poets in a style their modesty will not suffer us to quote; but we are surprised our Yale friends can have any doubt as to the locality of the Pierian Spring from which they draw their inspiration. It is a well-known fact that the great poets of all ages have been poor; and have been driven to the Muses by starvation. Nothing is so conducive to poetic thoughts as an empty stomach; genius becomes more active and more ethereal at the absence of bodily nutriment. In after ages men will point to the THAYER CLUB as the birthplace of scores of famous bards. There dwell our Cambridge Muses; and the idea of many a masterpiece has been evolved during the "fine frenzy" following the weekly dinner on turkey and cranberry-sauce.
THE Albany Evening Journal relates the following melancholy story:-
A young man of a prudent turn of mind, who has just entered Harvard College, applied for insurance on his property in a prominent office in New York. A portion of the policy returned read as follows: "Insurance is effected on his education, raw, wrought, and in process, and materials for completing the same, including library of printed books, bookcases, musical instruments, eye-glasses and canes, statuary and works of art, wearing apparel, beds and bedding, contained in No. -, Thayer Hall, College Yard, Cambridge. Permission to work-extra hours, not later than 10 P. M., to even up work, and to play draw poker until he goes to bed." The young man feels safe.
THE College Journal, like the owl, has taken up the cudgels in defence of Jesuit teaching. In speaking of the "groundless insinuations which every author who has to speak of the Jesuits mingles with his commendations," says: "Among American authors, Parkman is notably culpable in this respect. The minds of the younger scions of Parkman's circle of readers, or of such of them as read the Harvard Magenta, are in like manner carefully poisoned by such writings as those of 'V. J. R.' on Education in France, in that paper." We shudder at the thought of the moral responsibility we are under for having published such articles. The warning comes too late, however, for we are under contract to publish a long series of similar nature. The Journal must look out for another dose of "poison," and provide itself with a strong antidote.