The number of the Advocate which appears today is a continuation of the excellent beginning made by the 1901 board. Both the stories and the poetry are the work of new men, and, as in the last previous issue, real merit is to be found in more than one of them.
Each of the editorials is forcible, for the simple reason that each of them has something to say. The first one, on the proposed University chorus, expresses itself freely, and in a way which will appeal to a great many readers. The second, concerning the Yard Fence, suffers a little from the fact that the point is put in the least important place. The third presents an idea for a "Political Union," which, during the present state of affairs, should certainly receive more than passing attention.
The series of sketches, "Summer Days," by A. P. Wadsworth '02, is done with much close attention to detail, but in spite of this, has a naturalness which prevents it from being tiresome or seeming forced. As a whole, the series is much better than such an effort generally is, on account of the ease with which its life like description moves. "At the House of the Countess," by F. Watson '02, is unusually well done, with the exception of the last part, which seems hasty, and makes one regret that the ending, however good in conception, was not better handled. "With a Lesson to Teach," by M. Bartlett '01, is full of originality, and, with the exception of a few phrases, is well told. It has the merit of leaving the very obvious lesson to the reader without thrusting it upon him. The last story, "The Break at Sleary's," by J. C. Grew '02, begins well, but hurries on with a carelessness in the treatment of detail which is far from satisfactory.
Of the two pieces of verse, "Outside the Hospital," by R. Jerries, is the better. It shows delicacy of touch and a commendable avoidance of mawkish sentiment. The sonnet "To a Cruel Beauty," by G. L. Kobbe '03, loses its charm and spontaneity through its intricacy of expression in some places.
The book reviews are adequate, and in one case notably, show great care in preparation.