WE are sorry to notice a mean and cowardly attack upon our esteemed friend "Ephraim" in the last number of the Athenaeum. This gentleman has certainly not laid himself open to personal asperities; his reviews and criticisms have been distinguished for good temper, exact judgment, moderation, and ability; and his manly refusal to enter into any duel with the Athenaeum can only confirm us in our previous high opinion of him.
WHILE the Columbia papers and the Vassar Miscellany still hold to their original excellence, we must aver that there has been a decided advance "all along the line," and that the organs of many of our smaller colleges seem to improve with every number. If a growing tendency to Courant-ism can be avoided, and the moral tone of college journalism can be steadily maintained, the outlook may be considered very promising. We beg leave to suggest that to ignore the Niagara Index, the Illini, and others of that ilk, would be a first step of some importance toward the desired end.