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The Senior number of the Illustrated reflects a great deal of credit on the editors in charge of the magazine, for it is easily one of the most interesting and attractive issues of the year. Of special interest are Dr. Lyman Abbott's article on "The New Social Problem" and the article on "The Yale Senior Societies," by Mr. Hamilton, of Yale. Both of these indicate that the editors of the Illustrated are desirous of making their magazine free from the provincialism that characterizes too many of our college publications. Dr. Abbott's discussion of "The New Social Problem" is based upon a real interest in college men and performs a valuable service in pointing but to them that "in our time all service is social service."
There is an article in the current number of the Illustrated that should command the careful attention of every man really interested in the welfare of Harvard, and that article is Mr. Farrington's earnest plea for "A Harvard Press Association." Harvard is peculiarly unfortunate in being placed in the near vicinity of the Boston newspaper world, for while most of the papers are really desirous of printing the right kind of news about Harvard there are one or two which consistently persist in publishing false and malicious stories concerning the student life in the University. Although these papers are not generally read by the class of people to whom Harvard wishes most to appeal, yet their articles are sometimes copied by reputable papers and the false and malicious news that they publish is spread all over the country.
Other notable articles in the current issue are those by Mr. Allen on "Why a Harvard Man Should Join a Harvard Club," and "Harvard and Social Service," by Mr. Hamlin. Although Mr. Maxwell, in his article on "The Private Dormitories of the Future," seems to have solved to his own satisfaction the social problem at Harvard, there is still some doubt in the mind of the average reader of his article as to whether or not the acquisition of the private dormitories by the University would be a wise thing. The article is well worth reading, however, and there is room for thought in what the author says.
The editorial comment and miscellaneous matter contained in the issue are fully up to the standard so well maintained by the Illustrated throughout the year. The forty illustrations are fitting and varied, and serve to liven up the issue, making the Senior Number one of the best that has yet appeared and one quite worth while securing.
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