The October number of the Monthly presents as its piece de resistance an article by Rev. William Lawrence on "A Point in Financial Education." The writer argues very plausibly from a standpoint rarely taken in discussions on college expenses. He asserts that, acting on the principle of freedom which is rapidly gaining ground in the academic side of the university, a father who can afford to grant his son a large income should do so. The latter may thus learn, when young, how to take care of his money and satisfy tastes which may be a help and pleasure in time of future trouble and business cares.
Mr. H. McCulloch contributes a biographical sketch of Sir John Davies and a critical enumeration of that writer's poetical works. The article is rather less carefully finished in style and in construction than is usual in this writer's work.
"Pierre" by Mr. R. M. Lovett is a taking story. It contains descriptive passages of excellence and though the situations are dramatic and startling, there is no symptom of sensationalism.
"Individualism in Ibsen's Plays" by Mr. R. C. Harrison is a critical essay giving proof of careful study and power of analysis. As a piece of literary work it is in every respect far above the average.
"Saint Francis at Ekandono," by Mr. A. H. Williams deserves praise as a study in archaic style. It might well be a page from the diary of some early writer.
The only verse in the number is Mr. H. Bates' "At Dawn." A long editorial is devoted to the movement for a new reading room.