In no other way does the November Advocate show its rejuvenation more strikingly than in its editorials; tinged with a deliciously pungent humor, they stand a sturdy proof that Mother Advocate has abandoned her myopic spectacles of prejudice and reaction to gaze forth once more with the vision of the real Harvard. Prose and verse, fiction and discussion, all show, the same freshness, and are of almost equal merit.
In "The Second Shot," Mr. Gavit has painted a vivid war scene, a picture so realistic in its dialogue; so skillfully drawn, as to make the story perhaps the issue's best. Mr. Slingerland's "Fifty Below," except for a few spots of rather stilted conversation, is estimable. Interesting, but at times slightly artificial and overdone, is the third story of the number, Mr. Cutler's highly-colored "A Respectable Girl."
Boston's police strike is the motive for two articles. The first, "Pan and the Populace," by Mr. Fuller, is a readable account of the author's experiences on volunteer patrol duty. Mr. Garrison's "A Plan for the Police," a sound and fair-minded discussion of the police problem, typifies the stand that the re-born Advocate has taken for enlightened liberalism.
"Dead Leaves," by Mr. Auslander, is a charmingly graceful bit of verse, while Mr. Cowley's clever "Nantasket" and Mr. Hillyer's "Interlude" are also praiseworthy. "The Brief Case," a page humorously setting forth many current doings, is a happy addition to the magazine. From the first editorial to the last book review interest but seldom lags, and with the increased incentive of prizes to be given for the best contributions, the Advocate seems started on a year that will be worthy of the proudest traditions of its past.