THE Syracusan contains articles on "Lord Beacons-field, "Socialism," "The Study of Music," such as one might find in almost any other of our exchanges, and equally stale, flat, and unprofitable; but with one pleasing difference, that none of them is over a column and a half in length. When platitudes are the order of the day, those who write them most briefly deserve most credit and most thanks. In the Bowdoin Orient we find an essay of four columns in length on Emerson, which tells us nothing new, and suggests as little. We should have more patience with it, were it cut down, as it easily might be, to the length of the articles in the Syracusan.
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.