The sixth number, which appeared Saturday maintains, better than the number just previous, the excellent name of the Advocate.
"A Spring Flirtation" sustains to the last the interest of the reader, and is entirely free from that looseness so common in short stories which allows him to see the end when he has scarcely begun. The bits of description are delicate, and the treatment is, in the main, original. The writer shows power of observation particularly in the character of May Vernon. One who is familiar with a country church and its ways will be keenly interested in the story of "The Reverend Ambrose Wilson." The plot is less worthy than the treatment, and were it not for an unsuspected turn at the end, would seem shallow. The ins and outs of country churches, however, must have been observed to have been so well portrayed. The essay on Philip Dormer Stanhope, fourth Earl of Chesterfield, though instructive, well written, and displaying in its argument original thought, seems somewhat out of place, in the field which the Advocate has chosen. "Carmen" needs a second reading to be appreciated. The author's conception is delicate; his expression, however, is somewhat obscure, and at times strains after unnatural words. Such compounds as "scorn-enwrapped" will hardly bear close scrutinizing. The remaining poem of this number, "A Dialogue of Head and Heart" is better than the average Advocate verse. Its method is graceful and its thought true.