WE are in receipt of the Forest and Stream, a weekly paper under the charge of Charles Hallock, author of the Fishing Tourist. Its columns, as its name indicates, are devoted largely to the sports of the forest and stream, and in this line furnish the best reading possible. General sporting intelligence, however, also finds a place, and in a much more attractive and refined form than in any other American publication.
IT may have a salutary effect on our own Freshmen, to learn that the Freshman six at Amherst are already selected and hard at work in the gymnasium. It is this taking of time by the forelock that puts a crew at the head of the river.
THE second number of a modest little journal called the Lehigh Journal has come to hand. Let it not attempt too much, is our advice (gratis).
IT is truly enjoyable, after a perusal of the literature which fills most college publications, and which appeals most strongly to the charitable side of one's nature, in consideration of the extreme youth of the writers, to hit at last upon one which talks in a straight-forward, interesting, and instructive manner on subjects which it knows something about. Such a paper we welcome under the name of the Acta Columbiana, formerly the Cap and Gown, of Columbia College, N. Y. City. In consequence of a coalition in the editorial department between the academies and the School of Mines, the paper has changed its name and dress. Not to bestow too much praise on an initial number, we can truly say that if the excellence of the present is maintained it will rank very high among college journals. Besides numerous lighter articles and bits of poetry, it contains a clearly written sketch of the history of the College, from which it appears that ever since its foundation, in 1754, it has been steadily advancing in influence and wealth, until in regard to this latter particular it is probably the best endowed institution in the country.
An article on Chapel shows a strong contrast between their and our way of doing things. Attendance at morning prayers being optional, there were present at a recent exercise of this kind "two Seniors, three Juniors, and a few Sophomores and Freshmen."
The women are making leap-year advances on poor Columbia in the direction of co-education, basing their claims on a quibble in regard to the word "youth" in the College Charter, which they say includes both sexes. Be firm, Columbia. We will back you up. From other matter we infer unusual activity in all athletic sports, and an evident intention to raise their position on the river.
THE Williams Vidette is voluminous, but so much space is occupied by Book-notices, Exchanges, etc., that little is left for original matter. That little, however, is good. The following is a specimen of its wit: "The Professor of Geology told the Seniors, in a lecture, that during the Triassic age, huge batrachian, frog-like animals, as large as cows, infested the earth. One of the class wishes to know if that was the origin of bull-frogs."
A SENIOR was recently heard to remark that he did n't care so much about getting married, only he was tired of making up his bed. - Madisoniensis.
THE Westminister Monthly expresses itself as follows: "Ain't we going to hear anything this year about the Convention of college editors? We would be very glad to hear from our sister editors on the question."
They must be "mixed." However, as we are not included, we cannot express our desire for the convention.
THE Yale Courant of the 13th inst. is a very newsy number. The Courant is far above the average of college papers, and we congratulate it on the success of its new management. An article on the Yale Club, an institution corresponding to our Thayer Club, has the following: "This institution is now run on the hotel plan, and quite a varied bill of fare is furnished every day. Circumstances seem to favor the adoption of the restaurant plan, and that would doubtless be very convenient for most students, and a good thing for the club." We quote the above to encourage any movement tending to the adoption of a restaurant-boarding system at Harvard. If, as we hear, there is any chance of a general college table in Memorial Hall, the restaurant plan should by all means be adopted.
A YOUTH beginning Latin astonished his schoolmistress by translating Virgin: Vir, a man; gin, a trap; virgin, a mantrap. - Ex.
THE Yale Record of this week is a good number. Among other things it discusses the place of the next Regatta, approves of New London, and thinks that extortion would be the chief feature of a Regatta at Saratoga. It loses its temper in an attempt to "rough" the Magenta for venturing to say that in its last number it indulged "a wee bit in braggadocio," and makes one remark which may have been funny when it first appeared in Yale papers, though we have forgotten, and another which we do not repeat, because we are unwilling to believe that more than one man at Yale could make it.
HERE lies my wife. If she'd lived till next Friday she'd have been dead shust three weeks.
As the tree falls so shall it stand. Mit Got all tings is impossible. - Ex.
WHY is I the happiest of vowels? Because it is always in the midst of bliss, while E is in hell, and the rest in purgatory. - Ex.
THE Juniors are making rapid progress in Physics this term. We heard one a few evenings ago, while crossing the campus, remark that the "amount of profanity varied directly as the square of the depth of the mind." - Ex.