Mr. N. Hapgood discusses "Carlyle's Estimate of the Eighteenth Century." He does not agree with Carlyle that it was a "decrepit, death-sick era," when Addison, Defoe, Richardson founded the essay, the newspaper, the novel, when Burns, Goethe, Schiller were enriching poetry; when science was making enormous strides under the impulse of Franklin, Newton, Herschel. The writer concludes with a comparison of "Carlyle's harsh estimate" with "Mr. Lecky's admirable summary."
"Milton and Homer" by V. I X. shows the superficial resemblance be tween the epics of these two great poets, and their radical difference in spirit and substance. In the first place "Milton's poem is personal and Homer's is not;" then "in opposition to the simplicity, the unconsciousness, the grandeur of the Homeric poems," we have the "singlemindedness" of Milton. But at times both come together in "the really highest poetry."
The verse of this number is of an unusually high standard "Lai" by H. McCulloch, Jr., contains some fine thoughts and considerable expression. "Sea Dreams" by H. Bates recalls summer days of quiet musing by the water.
The first editorial criticises the man ner in which the English courses devoted to Shakespeare and Spencer are conducted. It urges greater attention to matter ann less to philology. The second is of more general interest. It shows that the only channels by which student opinion can find expression are the college papers; but that the graduates, the overseers, and the faculty, who especially should be in fluenced, seldom read the papers. It calls upon the students to recognize and insist upon their position, and thus compel outsiders to "turn to the papers that they may learn at leastone side of every question."