Mr. Edison's famous inquisition has had time to be forgotten; but a New York newspaper revives it by advising the inventor how he should quiz the applicants for his Literary Department. The new questionnaire is a match for any mid-years. Passing over in bewilderment such queries as "Who drinks the porter in Macbeth?" "Who wrote the famous poker scene in which Pippa passes?" and "When did A. H. Woods produce "Getting Goethe's Garter'?" the student will pause at number thirteen. For once the ancient hoodoo reems to be broken; here is a question for which he can hope to find an answer. It reads: "How was 'Paradise Lost'? Who lost it? Who found it?" Professor Lowes, in his lecture on Milton this afternoon, may not reply to that particular question; but he will give information that will be useful on a more important questionnaire the General Examinations.
The series which ends with this lecture has been profitable to students and "outsiders" alike, as the record attendance has shown. It is an added function toward making the General Examinations effective. These condensed introductions to the great authors, brief as they must be at least break the ground for the student who must do most of his preparation unassisted; and they make his study something more than the mere reading of taxis. Next year, the series should not only be repeated, but extended to include others of the recommended authors, such as Sophocoies, Aristotle, and Cervantes. The names of this year's speakers -- Palmer, Band, Grandgent, Lowes--set a precedent which it would be difficult to improve.