The October number of the Monthly sets a high standard for the new volume. Without being in any sense abstruse, the articles are of high level and present literary criticism in a most attractive form.
The number contains the "Anniversary Ode," written by William Vaughn Moody '93, and read at Cambridge on July 3, 1900, the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of Washington's taking command of the Continental army. The "Ode" has for its subject the difference in the nation's conception of the meaning of the word 'liberty' then and now.
"Behold, she puts her trust in strength of limb,
And to her better strength she proves untrue."
It ends in an appeal to the republic to have done with sloth and subterfuge' and to return to the spirit of her founders.
"Out of the Mouth of Babes," by J. LaFarge '01, is an admirable bit of work. It is delicate and tender in conception, and artistic in execution. The theme of the story is the uplifting of a day-laborer's character through the spirit of his dead wife, ever present in their little daughter.
G. H. Montagane's "An English Disciple of Zola," goes over the work of Mr. Gissing in a comprehensive manner. For a critical writing it is more than ordinarily interesting.
"Clinton's Idyll," by J. G. F., is a story of the same character as the work this writer has given us in the past, but it does not come up to the standard of his best previous writings.
"Emerson's Style in his Essays" is an appreciative article by George C. Hirst.
There is an editorial calling attention pointedly to the fact that while the University is building and expanding in almost every direction, the Library-with bookshelves being over-loaded with valuable accessions, and with a reading room "totally devoid of dignity, beauty, and comfort"-has never received any great gift for a new building.
Altogether this number is one of the best that have appeared for some time.