The subject of discussion in "Toples of the Day," is the system of mid-year examinations. The writer claims that "at the best they are merely a necessary evil." and that they are responsible for the marking system with its bad effects. He argues further that a man would work more stedily and effectively if he had no ordeal to pass through before the end of the year. While this may be doubted, the article contains some interesting suggestions and is well worth reading.
"A Study in Unhappiness" contains the discussion of student life begun recently under "Topics of the Day." It shows that even one who 'passes for a "brilliant" man' may not be thoroughly satisfied with his achievements. It is rather depressing in its tone, though it contains the charm of a personal confession.
An allegory on truth is presented under the title of "Progress or Stand still." The characters of Resolute and Fearful are skillfully contrasted, and the metaphors are successfully developed.
The plot of "Two Autumn Days," is simple, consisting of a single episode in the life of the young farmer. The interest of the article lies in the description of the hero's struggle at the crisis of his love affair.
The most entertaining contribution is "A Joke that became a Reality." The entanglements in which Bob Gray becomes involved by his numerous proposals are solved in a most unexpected manner.
The only verse of this number is "A Game of the Nineteenth Century." It is an 5musing adaptation of a game of cards to real life, and is far more readable than many ambitious attempts at poetry. The Book Reviews of this number of the Advocate are short The "Advocate's Brief" would be more valuable if it had been continued to a later date, instead of ending with February 7th.