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The last number of the Advocate which appeared January 3rd, is above the usual standard. The editorials, although they do not suggest anything new, are straightforward and to the point, the subjects headed under "Topics of the Day" cannot fail to interest all Harvard men; the stories are some what original in conception and are well told, and the verse is fair.
The first editorial dwells upon the fact that Yale as a national university leads Harvard. The result is that Harvard is losing her interest in the national life and is forfeiting to some extent the highest privilege of a university, namely, the power of educating the people. The third editorial asks whether "our university should not be a complementary rather than a formative institution." The answer is that both departments, undergraduate as as well as post-graduate, are worthy of cultivation, but that it is through the undergraduate department that the nation is most directly reached. The remedy for this condition of affairs is "a truly democratic spirit, freedom from narrow selfishness and above all a high standard of manhood." The last editorial treats of the formal reply of the Athletic committee of Harvard to the Faculty committee on Athletics at Princeton. "The reply is in itself complete, straightforward, clear and to the point; it is all that we could have wished for and more."
"The Story of Delphine" is an interesting Mexican tale. The idea, although not original, is well brought out, and the "picture of that quick Spanish flame" is well drawn.
The first subject treated under "Topics of the Day" is the freshman football teams. The writer shows fairly conclusively that our past freshman victories are no omens of university success. The other subject treated under this head is the "Growth of Harvard and Yale," and the writer concludes his article by saying that if the west continues to prosper as it has done hitherto, and if Harvard continues to rely on New England, Yale will grow with the west, and Harvard will fall back to the pace of New England.
"Am I a Cannibal" is rather a curious sketch. To say the least, the story is incoherent, and it is difficult to get at the exact meaning of the author.
"A Belated Revenge" is somewhat on the style of the conventional Indian story. It is well told, interesting, and fairly exciting; the end is entirely unexpected and adds a great deal to the story.
"Prentiss of Yale" continued from the last number is as disjointed as it bade to be. The plot is rather commonplace, especially as regards the end of the story. The number closes with the Advocate's Brief brought up to January fifth.
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