The ninth number of the Advocate opens with a sadly atrabilious editorial upon Harvard snobbishness. It betrays a considerable amount of youthful cynicism, the writer being evidently sicklied o'er with an exceedingly pale cast of thought at the moment of its production.
"An Episode of Chinese Flat," by C. A. Pierce '96, is the most readable article in the number and is interesting in spite of the fact that it is somewhat redolent of whiskey and tobacco juice. We are treated therein to a picture of the early West even more wild and woolly than that of Bret Harte.
"Up a Tree She Climbeth," by Louis How '95, like most of his writings is a rather dainty piece of work, but not overburdened with point.
S. Ivan Tonjoroff contributes the explanation of "Why I Left the Army." In spite of paragraphs one sentence in length and sentences equally abbreviated we learn the reason without much excitement. The tale has a certain atmosphere of familiarity about it which makes the reader feel that he has been there before.
"A Ramblinge Rhyme of Dorothy," in old Colonial English, by A. C. Train '96, has a flavor of the olden time about it that is rather pleasing.
"A Disturber of Peace," by J. A. Gade '96, is evidently a portrait and not a type. She will probably disturb no one's peace but the author's.
Of the two Kodaks the first is pointless and the second plagiarized as to its point. (See Advocate for '92-'93).
"A Green Wound," author unknown, is, as its name implies, somewhat verdant.
"Hers," by E. G. Knoblauch '96, is very fairly done, though its misery is rather long drawn out. The number closes with a bit of verse by H. J. Holt '98, "The Virgin Prairie," which, though it lacks the atmosphere the author has tried to give it, is a creditable piece of work.
On the whole the number is about up to the ordinary standard of the Advocate and English 22. Conventionality, triteness, and an overstock of summer girls and others are the Advocate's great faults. Much that is worth preservation finds itself into the paper, however, and considerable ability is shown in some of the work published.