The number of the Advocate which is issued this morning deserves especial commendation, except in the editorial department. The first editorial complains of a state of affairs and a spirit that has long ago ceased to exist. The second is pointless. But the rest of the articles reach a plane high enough to bring the number above the ordinary run of Advocates, in spite of this editorial weakness.
Of the four verses, the best is "Jericho at Sunrise" by A. D. Ficke '04. The imagery of "Fair Harvard," a short poem by C. P. Kendall '02, is marred by the unfortunate fact, which the author overlooks, that grapes do not grow on trees. "Armor," by W. Bynner '02, is a pretty little meditation about love containing nothing original or new. A sonnet by H. M. Ayres '02 aims high and nearly reaches the mark.
It seems a pity that the four best stories in the number should all be unsigned. They are, in order of merit, "The Repentance of Ford," a remarkably well drawn college story; "Same Thing, only Different," a very amusing improbable sketch; "A Boat Race," a bit of vivid reminiscence of which the title tells the substance; and "Rosinante," a brutal tale which portrays fairly well the state of mind of a lonesome man in the wilderness. In these four stories the touch of amateurishness, so common in work of this sort, is conspicuously absent. The other four stories, while unworthy of special mention, are well up to the standard.