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fied either with having no courses of lectures at all, or those second to all in the country. This is somebody's fault. Whose is it? Would not the finger that should designate it point to the Hill? Doubtless we should bear a portion, and a large one, too, of the blame. Many colleges in the country, placed under circumstances. no more favorable than Lafayette, have good, instructive and entertaining courses of lectures. Our object, however, is not to find the seat of the fault, but to find the remedy for it. The only way it can be remedied is by doing, whether the feelings prompt or not. THE opera house will doubtless raise the character of minstrelsy and theatrical performance, and offer many an opportunity for profit and amusement; but some stimulus to a fuller appreciation of literary lectures is sadly needed.

THE heart of the nation is yet sad over the death of her most gifted son. Our country has never sustained a heavier loss. The cause of humanity has never lost a more efficient support. The life of the deceased is a grand book of useful lessons. We see in it the adversity of circumstances overcome by persistent toil, the beauty of that self-sacrifice that labors for the good of others as its chief end, that true prosperity alone attends the good and the great, and that folly and mistake may not only occur with such, but that their end is then sad. The history of Mr. Greeley's life is too well known to demand or even to admit of a place here. The world has only to. reflect and to learn. Success in life ever presupposes reliance on one's self and earnest and incessant toil. Opportunites never make men. Circumstances are only the occasions on which men spring into being. Every man is self-made, and no man has a right to find fault with the workman or the workmanship. Colleges and college opportunities are no exception to this rule. It is inevitable and universal. Then let us not make a mistake, let us not deceive ourselves, and go out from college into life thinking we have purchased honor and success because we have left a college curriculum behind

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If we would meet with success we must do it in that inevitable and only way-by diligent industry and incessant application. We think that most students go out from college with a mistaken notion, or if not with a mistaken notion of judgment yet in a mistaken condition of feeling. Despite colleges and their influence in giving character, the world has its own way of doing things. man ever achieved a truly great success that was not in a condition of sympathy with the masses of mankind. There is a common heart of humanity that throbs, and he who will not submit his, breast to the impulse can never accomplish much for his fellow men. Mr. Greeley's life, aside from its success, aside from what it has accomplished in the cause of humanity, is a heritage to a nation as an

example. Young men everywhere should catch the inspiration and move fearlessly and steadily on to those great, yet humble successes, and learn to live, not for themselves, but for their fellow men, for their country and their God.

WE would call the attention of the Alumni and friends of the College, not, perhaps, to a need which Lafayette feels, but to a means of enlarging her sphere of influence and usefulness. Every year she sends forth young men who enter the law, and frequently attend some law school as preparatory thereto. Now, why allow these young men to leave her walls? While there may be no special reasons why we should have a law school in our midst, aside from the advantages of situation which Lafayette possesses in a high degree, nevertheless there is no reason why we should not.

The fact of the yearly increasing numbers that graduate, and, perhaps of growth in tendency toward the law, seems to demand a thing of this kind. Lafayette is in a town whose bar is substantial and has long held a place among the first of a state whose lawyers are second to none. A good example and influence in favor of integrity are good things to hold up to those who enter that sphere where there is so much temptation in the midst of so much responsibility. Which of the friends of the College shall have the honor of founding a law school at Lafayette.

Dr. Seaman has again completed his usual course of lectures on Anatomy and Physiology to the Senior Class. These lectures have been given to successive classes for a number of years, and are new and original in their plan. They are looked forward to with much expectancy by each succeeding class, and never fail to be listened to with attention and delight. The Doctor always leaves a good and lasting impression, and finds many an opportunity of illustrating the higher truths of Nature and Revelation, with which the science he teaches is so replete.

As this is an age of reform, we ask the privilege of saying a few words in its behalf. We would like to see a reform in the method of studying astronomy at Lafayette. We don't like mechanics well enough to have a relish for studying the science so mechanically. It is not pleasant to study one science with two books, unless one has plenty of time.

Lafayette is rapidly rising, and, we cannot expect to have everything just right immediately, but the reform mentioned above is especially needed. Our notes on astronomy, prepared by our worthy Professor of that science, have the best possible arrangement of subjects, certainly far superior to that of Olmstead to which they refer. But why cannot our Professor, bringing his large stock of knowledge of the subject and experience as a teacher to bear, get out a text book on the same principle as his notes, to be used at Lafayette and in other colleges throughout the country?

We do not believe, as some persons do, that a man can attain to perfection; but our college reading room, which has been greatly improved during the last two years, is an example of the work of man approaching within a mathematical zero of perfection, even if man himself cannot attain thereunto. Its situation-the first floor of the east wing of East College-is a good one, and commands a fine view of the noble Delaware and the beautiful town of Easton and its romantic surroundings. The room, which is large and commodious, is beautified by the presence of some very fine oil paintings, which tend to cultivate the æsthetic taste of those who frequent this pleasant place. But the reading room is something more than a beautiful place: it is an open storehouse of reading matter of an endless variety, in character and in language. The reader finds there all the leading daily, weekly, semi-monthly and monthly newspapers of our country, not excluding those of the far-off State of California. These are filed and preserved for future reference. We noticed among the bound volumes of the "American Sentinel" one dated 1832. All the leading magazines and reviews are found on the tables. To the visitors from the town and abroad, of whom there are not a few, the newspapers and magazines are the chief attrac tion. To the students these are luxuries; the necessaries they find in the books of reference filling the eight large book-cases which are always open during study hours. Free access to these books gives the student an opportunity of becoming acquainted with the thoughts of the ablest writers on any subject which he may be studying. The advantages of such an unlocked storehouse are similar to having a Webster's dictionary on your table. When all our books of reference were kept in our libraries, which were opened only on stated days, many things were overlooked which should have been looked up. Now all the books in the reading room are arranged at the beginning of each term to suit the studies of that term. The student knows where he can always find, during any study hour, the works of the ablest writers on the studies of the term. By examining and comparing the views of different minds on the same subject the student not only disciplines his mind but acquires a store of knowledge; and after all "knowledge is power."

THE Ave Maria, "a Catholic jorurnal devoted to the honor of the Blessed Virgin," comes to us quite regularly and is well worthy of perusal for any one who has an eye for the humorous. It is a thoroughly remarkable paper. With all due respect to the editors, we would suggest that the serial entitled "History of Randolph Shoddie, of Cuteville" will not conduce much to that laudable end to which they have devoted their Journal. The author of "The Mother's Answered Prayer," must have an imagination that is simply tremendous, and should be turned in some more wholesome direction.

The six or eight miracles which are mentioned as being wrought lately by means of holy water, &c., are really wonderful, and should. be more widely known.

The circulation of this paper, we think, cannot help rapidly increasing from this time onward, as the inducements to subscribe are such as no other journal that we know of can offer. We will quote a little :

"The spiritual advantages that are enjoyed by subscribers to the Ave Maria: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered up every Saturday, at Notre Dame, for Life Subscribers, with a certain number of Communions on the same day-from fifty to seventy-five-by way of suffrage, for the living and the dead; the same Mass and Communions, with indulgences and prayers, to be offered up for departed Life Subscribers," individually, as it may please our heavenly Father to call them from our midst. Subscribers for one year, and upwards, share in the benefit of a Mass once a month.

"Our Holy Father has given his special blessing to all who, as contributors, subscribers or in any other capacity, actively further the interests of the Ave Maria; this, in connection with the association of prayers which is established, makes a Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin of the contributors and subscribers to the paper.

"A complete list of the deceased subscribers is kept at Notre Dame, and thus they are remembered not only in life, but also when they may want even more than in life the charitable suffrages of their brethren."

Let us hope that they count the editors of their exchanges in the list of their subscribers.

THE following have paid their subscriptions:-W. G. Fields, O, J. Harvey, E. Barber, C. W. Neal, E. P. Conkling, S. Craft, E. D. Hazen, W. M. Shanks, James A. Menaul, M. Evans, Kemmerer & Gill, Hilliard & Sigman, Mrs. Clara Davis, J. S. Rosenfelt, J. A. Covode, Philip F. Stier, J. Meigs, A. J. Pilgrim, Dr. S. S. Hunt, A. S. Godshalk, E. S. Ridell, L. C. Hoch, J. W. Creveling, H. H. Pollock, John Scollay, D. J. Waller, Jr., Rev. J. H. BurHendry, E. R. Case, B. Douglass, Clark, E. J.

rows, Davis,

Pardee, Dr. T. Green, E. Benson, Bubb. Miss Mary C. Mixell, -Holt, H. P. Glover, A. P. Silver, J. Bergstresser, M. R. Alexander, Mrs. James Hemphill, H. G. Mendenhall, John R. Taylor, J. A. McKnight, Dr. Leaman, F. B. Laird, Irwin, E. B. Wynkoop, Helen Datesman, M. A. Troxell, Mrs. A. Bercaw, G. R. Coe, -Teel, Armijio, D. B. King, C. C. Jennings, Dr. Cattell, A. L. Fullerton, E. Peacock, T. E. Hunt, W. C. McKnight.

WE have received the following exchanges this month -The College Courant, College Herald, Dartmouth, College Mercury, Yale Courant, Cornell Era, Annalist, Amherst Sentinel, Dickenso

nian, Madisonensis, Yale Record, Seip's Illustrated Monthly Magazine, Rhode Island Schoolmaster, People's Monthly, Scholastic, College Argus, Harvard Advocate, Qui Vive, Virginia University Magazine, Orient, Illinois Teacher, Dennison Collegian, Targum, McKendree Repository, Ave Maria, Southern Collegian, Dalhouse Gazette, Scholastic, Blackburn Gazette, Yale Literary Magazine, Lawrence Collegian, Torchlight, Collegian, Advocate of Peace, Miami Student, Cap and Gown, The Owl, Georgia Collegian, Brunonian, Index, Niagarensis, Spirit of the Times and Educator, New York Daily Witness, Orient, Weekly Touchstone, Everybody's Journal, Laubach's Bulletin.

AMONG our exchanges, not least important, is the Cornell Era. It is handsomely gotten up, well written, full of beauty and wit, profound in its principles, and must give general satisfaction to its readers, for the Harvard Advocate says of it: "Cannot the Era do more for its readers than copy from Appleton by the column ?''

BOOK NOTICES.

Swinton's Progressive English Grammar, pp. 207, Harper & Bros.,, N. Y.

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This work is so good that it ought to be better. As an essay, it shows the author possessed of more knowledge of his subject than most of the modern works on English Grammar can show for their respective writers. Yet we should hesitate to put it into the hands of pupils as a text book. Prof. Swinton is too ambitious. is making books too rapidly to do satisfactory work. In this he has tried to do two things which cannot be well done in one treatise. He has written at one time for pupils, at another for teachers, and so has failed to make the best book for either alone. We haven't space to point out specialties, but would say that among others we dissent from the statement p. 49, § 161, a. "There is really no such thing in modern English as a subjunctive mood-the so-called subjunctive being mere elliptical expressions." The author has done well in discarding Orthography and Prosody. We commend the work to teachers.

California: A book for travellers and settlers, by Charles Nordhoff; Harper and Brothers.

This book is a quarto, containing 255 pages. Its pages certainly bear out the pretensions which it makes upon its title page. To those who are contemplating a trip to California, and over that in

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