The seventh number of the Advocate which appears today is one of the best of the year, almost all of the articles showing decided merit.
The editorials are unusually good and discuss with perspicuity such topics of the hour as summer school courses, Cambridge Latin School scholarships, Mr. Lathrop's services to the college. and the recent baseball conference at Springfield. Concerning Mr. Lathrop the Advocate voices the sentiments of the CRIMSON in mentioning the great appreciation the college has of Mr. Lathrop's work; and in addition calls the attention of alumni to the need the gymnasium has of an endowment fund which would relieve the corporation of the duty of providing for it.
By far the best piece of prose in the Advocate is Mr. Garrison's translation of a tale of Guy de Maupassant's entitled "The Cripple." It is a charming little story of French life, the incidents of the tale being woven into an account of an afternoon's railway companionship. The delightful piquancy of style which characterizes the French of Guy de Maupassant is well preserved in the translation.
Mr. Wilcox's story "McClane of the Harvards" shows much cleverness in its treatment of those two antagonistic elements of Harvard life,- athletic enthusiasm and cultivated indifference. It is the author's excellent delineation of these two phases of college life,- as exemplified by Phil McClane, the stalwart' Varity football player, and Mr. Percival Perrion, the well-spring of whose life is "Culture and Discriminating Appreciativeness," which makes this story one of the best of the year.
"The Treasure," by Kenneth Brown, partakes somewhat of the nature of the author's story in the last number of the Advocate, in its strangeness of conception. It has for its theme the description of the thoughts of an old man whose mind is morbid from much reflection upon a previously committed murder.
"A Wail from Below" is a somewhat bizarre short sketch of a being who seems somewhat troubled in his upper story.
The only verse of the number is another poem by Algerpon Tassin entitled "Out in the Morning. It is more pretentions than those of Mr. Tassin's efforts which have appeared heretofore.
Of the "College Kodaks," the second and the fourth appear to be the best.