The first number of the Advocate to be issued by the 1901 board gives promise of a successful year. In some way the editors have obtained stories from new men, and the result is decidedly refreshing. New writers are the greatest boon a paper such as the Advocate can receive, and it is to be hoped that the coming year will produce more originality of plot and novelty of treatment than have been shown of late years.
The editorials are extremely apt, and the second one in particular deals humorously and in a new way with old college complaints. Of the stories, "Hawkins of Cold Cape," by Carrol More, is the most entertaining. It is funny from beginning to end, and although absurd on its face never seems absolutely improbable. "The Story of Nellie and Jack," by E. A. Wye '01, is well told, though the curious dialect is rather trying on the reader. Dialect stories have to be very good indeed to make up for the difficulty of struggling through the sentences. "In at the Death," by J. P. Sanborn, Jr., '00, seems hardly plausible in the telling, and not especially enter taining. "Told from a Diary," by W. H. Mearns '02, begins well, but finishes leaving the reader decidedly in the air. The poetry consists of two pieces, "The Prison of St. Quentin," by B. Bassett and a translation of a poem of Henri de Regnier by H. B. Stanton '00. Both poems are careful work, though not especially noteworthy. The book reviews are timely, but the writers are almost too lavish in their praise of the work reviewed. The promising note about the whole number is that almost every article is by a new man, and this is a most encouraging sign.