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The Advocate presents a new number, rather above the average in interest. Under "The Week," Harvard's athletic outlook is discussed. The writer takes a gloomy view of the coming season, and calls upon the college to check the successive defeats of recent years by more earnest and general co-operation. For "men must work individually to induce promising fellows to become candidates for the various teams; men must themselves discuss athletic questions," more thoroughly, so as to let athletic men feel "that they are the representatives of a compact body of men" who are "determined to win." The next topic is the new regulations of the faculty, which are criticised in the same vein as the other restrictive rules and recommendations. They are pronounced "inconsistent with our character of a university, and petty, trivial, and unjust." The last subject of discussion is the mass meeting of April 15. The Advocate voices the opinion of the college in condemning emphatically the efforts to prevent discussion, and rush the matters to a vote immediately, on the excuse of "secrecy and diplomacy."
"Topics of the Day" presents some interesting facts concerning the library. The data show not only that at Harvard some serious work is done which may make the disciples of "Aleck Quest" open their eyes, but that there is a vast difference between the use made of the books here and at Yale.
The stories have weird and harrowing touches. Both are well written, but "The Last Waltz of the late Joseph Merrihew," has a greater claim to originality. The plot of this and the dialogue are both effective. The last paragraph, however, is not necessary for completeness, and might better have been omitted, as it tends to an anticlimax.
The two Daily Themes have as their subjects, "Nahant." and "Conversation." The first, a trifle obscure in the beginning, is purely descriptive. The second relates an incident in a horse car. The only verse of this number, "Over the River, lines in a sentimental vein. A book review and the "Advocate's Brief" complete the issue.
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