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will remain a considerable difference in
cost between the two modes of living.
Now boyB will "bach," unci girls too, as
long as llicso conditions exist. Those
who do aro usually sell supporting, and
aro thcroby enabled to attend school a
groater share of the time. It may be true
that a student seldom boards himself from
actual preference. "Baching" is not very
popular. It is often thought to bo unfa
vorable to the welfare of the student. They
are thus induced logo to boarding houses,
or bo sent there by parents, whon they
cannot really afford to do so. In many
cases the result is, that they can attend
but a small part of the time, and seldom,
therefore, complete a course of study.
We have alluded to the opinion that self
boarding is not good policy. Hut, so far
as our observation has extended, we feel
warranted in saying that this is hardly the
case. Hoys aro not highly preposcssed in
favor of the culinary art, whon it becomes
a personal matter, but self-boarding, when
reduced to a "science," is not disadvanta
geous to the student.
But this is not all. Students, intending
to board themselves, have often met with
some difllculty in llnding suitable rooms
and have Anally been compelled to put up
with inferior quarters. Such was notably
the fact, at the opening of the present term.
Now whon a student is willing to face all
the inconveniences of sclf-boarding, and
whon the attendance at our University is
largely increased by those who livo in
this way, would it not bo worth while
that some measures be taken to enable
these students to And convenient and com
fortable rooms ?
In a literary society, the ofllco of critic
requires thosorvico of tho best talent that
is present. The critic should bo a person of
considerable culture, able to exercise tasto
and discrimination in criticising the lit
erary or rhetorical features of a perform
mice. In making these criticisms, more
over, caro should bo taken that tho fcol-'
ings of tho performer bo not needlessly
Never should society criticism degener
ate into ridicule. If tho judges of an in-tor-society
contest, should, when all the
participants havo porformed their parts
creditably, indulge in wholesale ridicule,
what would be thought of such conduct?
The same principle applies in tho caso of
the society critic. Members usually per
form as well as they can, and have aright
to bo criticised as justly as tho ability of
the critic will permit. Now and then
buffoonery may be exhibited, but when it
occurs, lot it bo rebuked in a becoming
manner. Wo would not have our words
construed into an attack on the worth of
society criticisms, but lot them be fair and
just, if our societies aio to prosper.
Wo publish this month tho oration, en
titled "Culture and Life," upon which
some severe and unjust criticisms wero
made at tho timo of its delivery. As the
words of a speaker aro heard but once,
perhaps this isono of tho many instances
in which they were misunderstood. If
so, all such errors can now bo ascertained.
Most of the college journals havo pass
ed under new jurisdictions with the begin
ning school year, and tho number of salu
tatories arc oppressive. There is no part
of a paper that requires so much tact, del
icacy and common sense as the writing of
a salutatory. In how many do we Unci a
sentimental gush, in others strained wis
dom.and in how fow good common sense.
In ono of thorn, tho "very young" editor,
who says ho never saw any need of editor
ials, discusses tho responsibility, etc, of
his position, and advises all readers to
turn to another part of the paper if they
wish anything of value, which I am in
clined to think thoy will be obliged to do.
Another aspirant to literary fame waxes
eloquent, and wo havo the following out.
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