THE Pastolus comes from Seminary Hill, Montpelier, Vt., and informs us that "who will be our next President is a question of the greatest moment." We find valuable information concerning some of the Presidential candidates, and we learn that "the time for the Grand Centennial Exposition is drawing near." Finally, this humble statement: "If you wish for facts we would refer you to future numbers of the Pastolus." But much as we desire "facts," we must decline to exchange with the oracle of Seminary Hill.
WHEN New Yorkers are asked what has kept them out till half past twelve, they blandly reply, "Ben to 'vival Moosy an' Sansey (hic)." - Index.
LIONEL TENNYSON, eldest son of the poet, passed at Cambridge University as first-class in mechanics and theology.
THE Galaxy for May is an interesting number, although not a remarkable one. "A Plea for a Patriot" sets forth the claims of Tom Paine to the national gratitude, in an interesting and convincing manner. Richard Grant White talks of his "Seeking a Lost Art," and Albert Rhodes has an essay on "The Pursuit of the Dollar," in which he says many true and severe things of Americans, together with some things that are equally severe, though not as true. The regular departments are fully up to the standard of the magazine.
WE learn from an exchange that a Baltimore City scholarship, five university scholarships, and ten fellowships, yielding $500 each, have been established at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore. These fellowships are needed in every institution which lays a claim to be called a "University," but they fail to make the university. If we could offer here the means of living to a score or two of graduates each year, we should have almost the last requirement toward making Harvard a university in the sense that Cambridge and Oxford are universities. But we must wait until those who leave money to found colleges discover that their money would do more good by increasing the usefulness of institutions already established, than by adding another name to the list of mushroom colleges with which the country abounds.
THE Acta Columbiana has a correspondent in Princeton who has but one trait that is praiseworthy. He is modest, although his command of the English language is limited. He fills five columns with trivial events of life at Princeton, and concludes: "I hope that those who have a poor opinion of the College from reading this letter will lay the blame to the writer." We shall take him at his word.
The poem in the same paper, entitled "A Voice from the Night," is quite good. The last two stanzas express the sentiments of an owl:-
"'It's a bully joke,'
He again did croak,
'That the people should think me so old and wise:
But all this applause
Is only because
I keep my mouth shut, and open my eyes.
'Why even a man,
If he'll follow the plan