BREVITIES.

THE building of the new Gymnasium will begin in March.

THE extension to the Library, together with the heating apparatus, cost $90,000.

THE report of the Secretary of the Treasury for the year 1877 is to be the text-book in Phil. 7.

THE Library fund for the purchase of books has increased from $39,722.90 in 1867 to $174,243.38 in 1877.

MR. HERBERT C. LEEDS, '77, is now in Japan, where he is initiating the natives into the mysteries of base ball.

THOSE having copies of Nos. 1 and 2 of Vol. X. of the Crimson will be paid the retail price if they will leave them at the University Bookstore.

THE Harvard Manual is the name of a pamphlet printed in Springfield, containing a brief history of the College, a manual of the Law School, and a directory of the undergraduates and law students. It is for sale at Sever's.

No better commentary on the atmosphere of our dormitories is needed than the reply of the Senior, who, on being asked why he did not put on his overcoat these awful cold days, replied, "O, I keep that to wear in my room."

DR. PEABODY will lecture before the Young Men's Christian Union, at Union Hall, Boston, on Saturday evening, January 26. Subject : "Books and Reading." The lecture will begin at a quarter before eight. Admission free.

THE League have made a rule that no games with amateurs shall be played by League Clubs on League Grounds, and as the Faculty object to professionals playing on Jarvis, it is feared that our games with the Bostons will have to be given up.

THOSE who have taken Phil. 1, and have experienced the difficulties attending the study of Maie-branche, will appreciate the kindness and foresight of Mr. Palmer in preparing and printing for the use of members of the elective his marginal notes on the "Entretiens."

MR. WILLIAM EVERETT has begun a course of twelve lectures on "Latin Poets and Poetry" at the Lowell Institute. The lectures are given on Tuesday and Friday evenings, and the second lecture will be given this evening. Tickets can be obtained at the Lowell Institute.

PROFESSOR NORTON and Professor Palmer propose to give at the Hawthorne Rooms, Warren Building, Park Street, courses of readings in English from Dante's "Divine Comedy" and Homer's "Odyssey." The courses will consist of twelve readings each, and will begin early in March.

PRIVATE theatricals will be given in aid of the "Old South Fund," at Union Hall, Boston, on Thursday evening, January 24. The managers, Messrs. Caleb E. Gowen and Franklin D. Field, have prepared two plays, "La Poudre aux Yeux," and "Dreams of Delusion." The music will be furnished by the Pierian Sodality. Gentlemen are expected to appear in full dress. Tickets may be obtained of Messrs. J. A. Mead, 13 M., and Wm. J. Gaston, Hy. 16.

THIS morning's despatches announce that the Oxford University crew have decided to challenge the Columbia College four, who are expected at Henley, to row a race from Putney to Mortlake for the college championship of the world. If the Columbia four defeat the Oxford crew, then the Cambridge University crew will row the American crew. The organ of the Universities says, if the Columbia College crew who are to row at Henley are the champion four of the Universities of America, there will probably be another international race on the Thames. Both Oxford and Cambridge have agreed to select fours from the eight-oared crews of the annual race, and challenge the American College crew independent of the race at Henley.

THE following are the subjects for the third Senior forensic : -

First Division. "Do the Faculties of Man differ from those of Brutes in Kind or only in Degree?"

References : Locke, Essay on Human Understanding, Book II. Chapters 10 and 12. Stewart, Philosophy of the Mind, Part I. Section 12. Bowen, Lectures on Metaphysical and Ethical Science. Course II. Lecture 2. Edinburgh Encyclopaedia (and other similar works), art Brute. Many facts and suggestions may be found in Darwin's Descent of Man, Origin of Species, and Animals and Plants under Domestication. Time, Second Tuesday in March.

Second Division. "Is it true that, as the Boundaries of Science are enlarged, the Empire of Imagination is diminished?"

References : Hazlitt's Lectures on the English Poets, Lecture I. Edinburgh Review, Vol. 21, art. Madame de Stael sur la Litterature. Christian Examiner, Vol. 24, art. Influence of Christianity and Civilization on Epic Poetry. Shairp's Poetic Interpretations of Nature. Time, Third Tuesday in March.

SUBSCRIPTIONS for the University Crew up to January 8 are as follows : -

Subscribed. Paid.

Seniors $356.00 $94.00

Juniors 654.00 76.00

Sophomores 821.00 104.00

Freshmen 540.00 112.00

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$2,371.00 $386.00

THE subjects for the fourth Junior forensic are : -

1. Should Authority influence the Formation of Opinion?

2. Is there in Success any Indication of the Moral Worth of Conduct?

3. Why is the Practice and Enjoyment of Sculpture less prevalent, in Modern Times, than that of Painting?

4. Does Matthew Arnold's "Righteous Tendency" in Things exclude the Being of a Personal God?

5. Can a Designed Event be experimentally distinguished from a Result?

6. Is the Presence of Didactic Purpose in a Novel an Element of Strength or Weakness?

THE Class Committee have secured the following rates at which all members of the University may obtain any photographs on the printed photographic lists for 1878.

Single. Per doz.

Cabinets, $.25 $3.00

Views, 8 X 10, on album mount, .50 6.00

Views, 8 X 10, on large mount, .60 7.20

Groups, 8 X 10, on album mount, .60 7.20

Groups, 8 X 10, on large mount, .70 8.40

Cartes de Visite, 2.50

Views, 4 1/2 X 6 1/2, on album mounts, .30 3.60

Views, 4 1/2 X 6 1/2, on large mounts, .40 4.80

The lists will be out within two weeks. The studio will be on Cambridge Street, in the rear of the Gymnasium. Mr. Pach hopes to be ready for work in the course of three weeks, and, once started, will take pictures at the rate of twenty per day.

Correction.IN the last number of the Crimson a paragraph appeared, by the courtesy of the editors, which contained a provoking blunder, entirely by the fault of the contributor, and not the least of either editor or printer. In the last article but one of the editorial column on page 75 should be read "those who failed to make up Freshman Classical Lectures," not "those Freshmen who failed to make up Classical Lectures." Readers of the Crimson will please make this correction, and accept the apologies of the contrite contributor.

Mid-year Examinations, 1878.ANY person who finds two of his examinations in the same group will give written notice of the conflict, at once, at the Secretary's office.

The order of the groups is not determined.

I. Philosophy 6, 7.

II. Sanscrit; Latin 3; Spanish 2; Chemistry 2.

III. A. M. SOPHOMORE PRESCRIBED HISTORY; Hebrew; History 3. P. M. Philosophy 1.

IV. Latin 6; History 7; Mathematics 4, 6; Chemistry 4; Natural History 9.

V. A. M. Greek 12; Philosophy 5; Music 1, 2, 3. P. M. Fine Arts 2.

VI. A. M. Greek 8; Latin 2, 8; Chemistry 3; Fine Arts 3. P. M. Latin 1.

VII. Greek 6, 11; French 2, 3, 5; Physics 3; Natural History 10.

VIII. A. M. Latin 5; German 3, 8; History 5; Music 4, 5; P. M. German 4.

IX. SOPHOMORE PRESCRIBED RHETORIC; Greek 7, 10; Latin 10; History 9.

X. A. M. Classics; Philosophy 2; Physics. P. M. Greek 1.

XI. English 1, 2; Mathematics 1, 7; Physics 6.

XII. A. M. Philosophy 4; History 2; Natural History 8. P. M. Natural History 1.

XIII. Greek 4; Latin 11; Italian 1, 2, 3; Chemistry 5.

XIV. A. M. History 4; Chemistry 1, 6, 7; Physics 5. P. M. Natural History 3.

XV. A. M. Greek 2, 5; Mathematics 10; Physics 2, 4. P. M. Spanish 1, 3.

XVI. English 3, 4; History 1; Mathematics 2; Natural History 5.

XVII. A. M. German 1, 7; Mathematics 3, 5, 8, 9; Natural History 6. P. M. German 6.

XVIII. A. M. JUNIOR PRESCRIBED METAPHYSICS; Philosophy 3; History 10. P. M. JUNIOR PRESCRIBED LOGIC.

XIX. Greek 9; English 5; French 1, 4; Natural History 4.

The Examinations will begin probably on Saturday, February 2.