Tomorrow the fifth number of the Advocate will appear. It is not as good as usual. The editorials lack even their accustomed quality of entertainingness and as far as we know, they make claim to nothing more. The first one it is true, has a good object in view, while the second is obviously a last resort of a hard-pressed editor.
The fiction of the number is good, beginning with an excellent piece of work entitled "Love Among Arms." It is an unusual story for a college magazine, the scene being on the Austrian border, and the plot, - for extraordinary as it may be, there is a plot, - is interesting and will worked out. The sketch which follows it is light and trifling, not wholly uninteresting, but of no great merit. And then come the Kodaks, And with one exception it would be hard to accumulate a more pointless collection of sketches. The exception referred to comes first, and is ready not bad. The second is a fair bit of description but is destinctly not a College Kodak. After reading the third over three times, we continue to wonder why it was printed. The fourth is the work of a cynic and the fifth seems very far fetched.
The "Element of Discord" which follows is decidedly an interesting and attractive story chiefly, we suppose, because it is flattering to our national pride. In addition to this it is well written and the background is cleverly drawn.
The last story, called "An Arbiter of Destiny," is just what one expects to find in the ordinary college paper; it is childish in plot and composition, and is unpleasantly suggestive of sub-freshman work.
A bit verse called the "Rollicking Fool and the Weeping Maid" is worthy of mention both for its jolly swing and its deep underlying thought. The "Epitaph for a Poet" is also an attractive thing in its way.