THE Boston University Beacon makes its bow before the college world. The paper is large, and the matter rather heavy, but good on the whole. We find in it an interesting account of the invention of a new process of telegraphy. Professor Bell, of Boston University, is the inventor, and "he is able to transmit the sounds of the human voice by means of induced vibrations in an electric current. The pitch and quality of the voice and the sounds of the vowels are transmitted perfectly, and part of the consonants are so distinct as to be easily recognizable. The Professor brought out an invention last fall by which writing might be transmitted in fac-simile characters by telegraph, and his present inventions, if completed, promise to revolutionize the system of telegraphy."
We have heard a rumor that Professor Bell intends to explain his invention in Cambridge, at an early date.
THE English school papers which we have received this week are filled with accounts of athletic contests. The Meteor, Rugby School, has reached its one hundredth number, and states its position as a paper clearly and humbly. None of these English school journals make pretensions to being anything more than a record of the events which occur in school. No regular "articles" are admitted to their columns, for, says the Meteor,
"A 'Verse translation' is vexation,
An 'Essay' is as bad;
A 'Parody' doth bother me,
And 'Stories' drive me mad."
THE Oxford and Cambridge Undergraduates' Journal of May 4 contains an editorial upon "The American Regattas." It states that "during the past week a gentleman from America [Mr. Frank Rees of Columbia] has visited Oxford and Cambridge, and is going to Dublin to-day, offering different terms to those already sent and declined." The next paragraph is quite startling:-
"Originally the so-called International Collegiate Boat-Race was to have been rowed by six-oared crews at Saratoga, on July 19. But in deference to the wishes of Cambridge he [Mr. Rees] says the crews shall be altered to four-oared ones, and that the event shall come off any day up to the 15th of August, which would enable the English crews going to take part in the Henley Regatta before starting, and also at the Philadelphia International Regatta (fixed for the end of August), before leaving."
What this means we are unable to conjecture, but if it is intended to mean that our crew, or any part of it, is to remain in training until the 15th August, it is safe to say that some mistake has been made. The Journal seems to think that the English Universities ought to do their utmost to accept the invitations they have received. It is quite confident, too, of the result of a race with American crews, and says:-
"There can be no doubt that both Oxford and Cambridge would be able to get up two good crews, if they liked, and would stand the greatest possible chance of being first and second respectively, in an event the like of which has never been seen, and is not likely to be seen again."
WE wish to call to the notice of the Cornell Review, the Nassau Lit., and the Hamilton Literary Monthly, the stanza we quote this week from the Rugby Meteor. If they read this, and then ask themselves why they exist, we hope for the best result.
THE Dartmouth comes to us once more, but it is marked P. P. C. We are exceedingly sorry that New Hampshire has yet to learn the advantage which comes from the freedom of the press. Perhaps, if the Faculty of Dartmouth were presented with copies of Milton's "Areopagitica," some good might be done. But possibly they argue that although in Milton's time it was held that the publication of truthful statements harmed no one, it is now an enlightened age, and we know better.
THE voice of the Archangel is raised against drunkenness as follows:-
"Some men, when they go in a saloon, become intoxicated and commence fighting, and perhaps kill one another, or get their eyes knocked out, or their teeth punched down their throat. Some men, when they go in a saloon, do not get drunk, but gamble and lose all of their money. It would be better for them to stay at home; for the bar-room is the place for no man."