The "Advocate," dated April 28, contains an able editorial on the recent criticisms of Harvard in Scribner's Monthly and in Harper's Weekly, three short stories, some verses, and a couple of pages of fairly-well selected daily themes.
The three stories form the bulk of the number. G. H. Scull '98 has one of his strong but ugly Western sketches, entitled "A Little Turn from the Road." The story is characteristically vivid. A spark of sentiment shines throngh the drizzle of the weather and the unpleasantness of the characters. In the same vein, but with decidely more charm and less intenseness, is "An Emigration in the West," by a new contributor to the "Advocate," H. Sayre, Jr., '98.
"For Duke John of Burgundy," by R. P. Utter '98, is easily the most important article in the number. It is in the form of a letter written to a saddler of Soissoas, then at Paris, by his apprentice, describing the siege and capture, by the king's forces, of the town of Soissons, which is in sympathy with the Duke of Burgundy. Though the apprentice himself remains throughout a somewhat colorless onlooker, he manages to give us a striking account of a fifteenth-century siege, with its excitement and its horrors. In this story, too, there is sensation, but it is not of a morbid kind.