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The February Monthly opens with an article by Mr. R. S. Peabody on "Architecture as a Profession for College Graduates." Mr. Peabody describes in all its aspects the business life of an architect, and his words will be of great interest to college men who are studying for that profession, or who have not yet chosen their vocation. The writer first calls attention to the fact that "one of the most noticeable things about architecture as a profession is that it is many sided," uniting artistes taste with practical business capacity. The wide range of study necessary to an architect "would naturally be attractive to a student" in these days of specialization; but at the same time it makes the preparation especially difficult. Among the architects' other troubles are unreasonable clients, unscrupulous contractors, and small pay but a man who is thoroughly in sympathy with his work finds these more than counterbalanced by the pleasures of designing, of finding enthusiasm among his assistants, and of intimate relations with clients. Mr. Peabody warns college men against insufficient training and consequent inartistic designs and mediocre work. He shows the bright prospects of a man who enters the profession with a taste in that direction and a willingness to work and in conclusion shows the special advantages of architects in America over those of other countries.
"From Shirt Sleeves to Shirt Sleeves" and "The Story of Thorgeir the Unlucky" are contributed by R. W. Herrick and H. Bates, respectively. The former tells of the ambitions and disappointments of Eben Williams and the "schoolmarm." The scene of the latter is laid in Iceland. It is written in the old English style, which the author has been particularly happy in catching. The description of the combat is rather improbable, but the story as a whole has great literary merit.
H. McCulloch, jr. contributes an essay on "The poetry of Baudelaire." He maintains that "Baudelaire's poetry is always deeply serious and earnest," though "he was a worshipper of the grotesque, a slave of the perverse."
The poetry of this number of the Monthly is of an unusually high standard. "Thornrose" by N. Stephenson is a suggestive poem with vigor and motion. "An Egyptian Fancy" by B. Carman is graceful and pretty. It has far more poetic spirit than most college verses.
The "editorial" reiterates the Monthly's opinion on Harvard's "provincialism." It states that "Harvard's recent growth gives less promise for the future than that of her rival." We can hardly think the Monthly justified in going to this length after the new figures which have been brought to light. "The Month" is an interesting compilation of social and athletic facts, containing among others a list of the gifts received by the treasurer since Oct. 10. Two "Book Notices" bring the issue to a close.
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