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Prof. Wendell's Lampoon Review

By Barrett Wendell.

The most satisfactory test for a given number of the Lampoon is a question whether it contains much, or anything, which will be apt to serve, in years to come, as a pleasant reminder of college days. It is only as a record of student life at Harvard that the Lampoon is worth while. Judged by this standard, the last number, through not extraordinary, agreeably justifies its existence. The pictures, for all their rather crude drawing, are good-natured and tolerably local. The text-Lampoon text has always consisted principally of "filling"-contains a divertingly new interpretation of a familiar phrase of Emerson's, and is generally and happily free from such faults of taste as often make humorous journalism repellent.

The best things in the paper are the first inner page, and the cloud in the centre page cartoon. The former, in its picture and in its text alike, is a pleasant example of good humoured, traditional local fun. The latter, in the midst of a generally clumsy drawing is a model of such friendly caricature as ought to be a permanent source of delight both to the subject thereof and to the numberless Harvard men in whose memory his kindly figure will always hover.

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