IN reply to the question as to which was the largest English settlement in this country, a Fresh, replied, "The Alabama." - University Press.
OUR "national game" of base-ball was played in the days of Noah, for he is recorded to have put the dove "out on a fly." - College Days.
The Owl comes to us full of heavy articles, which, however, are remarkably well written and sensible for undergraduate productions. There is a little too much discussion on our degree of consanguinity with the unfortunate monkey, but a writer on the "Plural Origin of Mankind" has collected some very interesting illustrations, and "Planchette" is discussed with considerable success. In typography, the Owl is inferior to none of our magazine exchanges.
FROM the Daily Saratogian we learn that the Columbia crew has arrived and gone into training quarters at the Lake. Two prizes, of $150 and $100, are to be presented by the ladies of Saratoga to the victors in the single-scull undergraduate race.
WE are in receipt of the July Atlantic. Mr. Howells begins his promised story, called "A Foregone Conclusion," in a way that excites much curiosity as to what is coming. The scene opens in Venice, of which he has before written so beautifully. Bret Harte is redivivus in a kind of poetry new to him, but his style is unmistakable. The little poem, "Fair and Fifteen," is short and sensuous, but good. Robert Dale Owen contributes some good reading matter, while the other parts of the magazine are ably sustained.
THE accurate statistics we receive of the amount of bread, beef, fruit, and potatoes consumed weekly by the young ladies of Vassar has always astonished us. We don't know what there is really interesting about this kind of information, but as all our exchanges are full of it, we quote the latest on the subject from the Tyro, for the benefit of curious readers: "It appears that at Vassar College there is one day in the week called "Onion Day,' on which all the ladies indulge in raw onions, as a health promoter. It requires upwards of fifteen bushels of this high-toned esculent to go around."
THE Bowdoin Orient gives a very full and fair-minded account of the situation of affairs. It is evident that the students feel themselves in the right. The statement of their case against the College government is straightforward and manly, with a marked freedom from any tone of bitter complaint which might argue their cause a poor one.
As the Orient says, "There must be something wrong with a college when all its students say, upon graduating, 'I wish I had gone elsewhere.'" We are inclined to think that the verdict of insubordination and unwarranted rebellion so generally given by the press is not the only side of the question.
WE average the following figures from the detailed account of the ages and weights of the different crews who are to enter at Saratoga, as given by the Forest and Stream:
Av. age. Av. weight.
Dartmouth . . . . . 21 1/3 174
Wesleyan . . . . 23 1/3 158
Harvard . . . . . 21 1/6 169
Yale . . . . 21 1/6 168 1/2
Williams . . . . . 20 5/8 163
Columbia . . . . 20 1/3 169
Trinity . . . . . 21 2/3 166
Cornell and Princeton will also send crews, but the men are not yet determined upon. The latter has ten men in training whose average weight is but slightly over 150 pounds.