THE Columbia Spectator publishes a violent attack on Thwing's "American Colleges." The book has received more than its share of commendation, and less than its share of condemnation; it has many weak points, and a malevolent critic, like the writer in the Spectator, might have made Mr. Thwing feel very uncomfortably: but the attack is too general and too short-sighted to do that gentleman much damage; the author of the article has wasted a good opportunity. His proof-reader has not learned to spell President Eliot's name. The Spectator contains a very friendly notice of the Harvard Theatricals in New York.
THE Tablet tells us that a Magic Lantern has recently been presented to Trinity College. Surely this announcement will strike a tender chord in the soul of each of our readers; many, perchance, will be unable to restrain a silent tear when they recall the delights of happy childhood's hours. Ah! would that some kind benefactor of our College might be as generous to us! Perhaps such innocent pleasures would wean us away from the gross immorality and vice which prevail among us! But stay! The Tablet further says; "Its chief value does not consist in its ordinary use as a means of displaying pictures." Perhaps that rather alters the case.