Pleasant reading of various kinds makes the last number of the Advocate published by the 1903 board, unusually entertaining. A well directed editorial, of the "Farewell, and our blessing!" type, calls deserved attention to perhaps the most valuable function of college journalism--the stimulation of undergraduates to literary work for its own sake and its own pleasures.
Of stories there are in the number three: "A Newly Discovered Fragment from a Voyage to Lilliput," by F. D. Roosevelt; "In the Morning," signed P. Blair; and "Scraggy," by R. G. Fuller. The last is the most original in conception and the best told. A short essay, "Identity," by Judson Greely, is sincere without being either pompous or ministerial, thanks to a rather bright way of putting things.
As to dialect, there are two and a half pages of it, verse at that, entitled "Old Nell," and signed Simon Smaull; but it is good dialect, and good, easy-rhyming verse and so makes about the best feature of the paper. The quaint humor which runs through the lines never seems to have been consciously sought after, and so becomes the more effective. Of the other verses, "A Song," by R. P. arrests one's attention with the swing of its lines. The thought, simply enough expressed, is more serious than most Advocate verse, but luckily was not entombed in a sonnet.