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The second number of the Advocate issued by the '89 board cannot be said to equal the first number. The articles have a uniformity, a lack of individuality that is quite noticeable; still they contain much that is good. The spirit of the editorials is in harmony with a growing feeling at Harvard; a feeling that we as students have serious business on our hands in the effort to awaken enthusiasm for the University. The Advocate has not lost its character as a staunch supporter of college interests.
The "Mystery of the Charles River Dredger" is a fanciful tale of the courtships and marriage of a Harvard graduate and an Annex maid. The writer has put into words the doubts and questions which have been floating in many of our brains in regard to the effect of too much learning on the fair sex. The story is well told but we wish that some of the incongruities which mar its effect had been avoided. The "Religio Medici of Sir Thomas Browne" is a short sketch of the character and opinions of a strange figure of the 16th century as they are recorded in his own writings. The style and language of the sketch are excellent.
The first paper on "Class Crews, Past and Present," is an interesting account of the beginnings and early development of the Harvard interest in aquatic sports. Very few students to-day know anything of the changes which have brought rowing into its present high repute. We look with pleasure for the continuation of the narrative. The last prose article is "How John Swinton came to go into Business." We do not think that Swinton as portrayed here was very logical in his search for a profession. Instead of looking for the higher types among the lawyers, the doctors and the ministers, he seems to have chosen very inferior men as the proper representatives of their classes. He certainly lost sight of the possibilities of that devotion to an ideal which must be present in all leaders of men. The story is useful, perhaps, because it shows us just what we should not do; that is, judged of any profession by its worst side.
There are three short pieces in verse in this number. The first two are translations from the German which are only moderately successful; in one of them there is a noticeable lack of rhythm. The verses entitled "A Leap-Year Warning" are as seasonable as they are bright.
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