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The Advocate.

The number of the Advocate which is out today is marked by an absence of mediocre verse. There are only two poetical contributions and these are above the average. The prose is very creditable.

It is regrettable that so many college writers try to be merely clever and so waste their power. An instance of this in the present number of the Advocate is "Three Dialogues and a Monologue." It does succeed in being clever. It concerns a young man and a young woman who understand each other well enough to be in a delightful relation of good fellowship, which makes their dialogue amusing and very readable.

"A Different Corner," an answer to Harvard Episodes, is above cleverness. It has a serious intent and contains genuine sentiment. There is no attempt to express more than a small part of the ideal side of Harvard life, but it is an effort in the right direction and well done. The writer of "A Cuban Romance" might have made more of his subject without making his story any longer. The writing is forcible and compelling, however. An amusing incident is related in "A Sketch."

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