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The ninth number of the Advocate is, on the whole, a good one. The stories are light and usually well told. The one giving evidence of most careful finish is "Cupid's Brush," an international episode of which the scene is laid first in the Louvre at Paris; secondly, in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The story has considerable snap and comes to an end at the right moment. The conversations are written with spirit.
"Frankness Unrewarded" relies entirely upon its dashing style for success. This success it achieves; the comments of the narrator, his similes and implications are often very amusing.
"A Ball Room Episode" is also well told and the incident is described with considerable good taste.
"An Old Grave," though its plot excels those of the stories already mentioned, is slightly inferior to them in execution. There is an excess of narrative in the third person, unbroken by the conversation needed to give ease and variety to the story. In other respects it is satisfactory.
The number contains two other prose contributions, both of them very short: "My Unknown Foe" is somewhat turgid; the "Hungry Sandwich Man" is an outline descriptive sketch.
There are three poems: "Lost Love," "Labrador," and an "Autumn Wedding-Song." The last might perhaps be selected as the best, though the others are good.
The editorials deal with examinations, the University extension system and the question recently raised by the DAILY CRIMSON as to the advantage of the change made last June in the constitution of the Phi Beta Kappa. The paragraph on examinations does not succeed in finding a remedy for them and leaves the matter in statuquo. The one on the Phi Beta Kappa makes out a very strong argument against the recent CRIMSON editorial.
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