The ninth number of the Advocate is perhaps above the general average of the Advocates of this year, but appearing as it does, closely upon the heels of the eighth number, it suffers slightly by comparison.
The leading editorials of the issue discuss such topics of interest as the 'varsity crew at New London, the Memorial Hall hotel system, the advisability of holding entrance examinations in as many places as possible, certain new regulations of the faculty regarding anticipated studies, and Mr. Moulton's article in the Atlantic on the study of languages.
There are but three stories in the number, and by far the best is Mr. Wilcox's "Another Man's Mother." The author has chosen for his theme the description of two types of character which we know to exist at Harvard and with which we feel a sympathy-the easy-going idler with a kind heart and good instincts, and the hard-working grind with high aims and ambitions. The "grind's" mother forms the medium through which good is accomplished for both, and the slight dash of pathos at the end only strengthens a story which is easily and simply told.
Mr. Brown, in "Two Stormy Evenings," has evidently discarded the suggestions which an editorial in the first Advocate of the year made,- in effect that everyday life and familiar college incidents are most worthy of the attention of the writer for college papers. For in this particular story, there is plenty of the tragic and blood-curdling, plenty of scenes far removed from ordinary human life. The mingling of disappointed love, hate, thirst for revenge, compacts with Satan, and murder in one crucible is so seldom seen in college stories, that it would be hard to criticize this tale from a college standpoint. We will say that Mr. Brown has struggled bravely with the difficulties before him, and in certain descriptions and in his delineation of Luke, he has been fairly successful.
"The Story of Jacques" has a number of deft touches in the first part, but as a whole it lacks force, the conclusion being rather incoherent.
The college Kodaks are excellent, the first and fourth being unusually graceful.
The Class Day number of the Advocate, containing the poem, ode and orations of Class Day will be out Friday morning.