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A Review

of Campus


Numerous dissertations have ap-
peared from time to time dealing with
the various issuaes of the several cam-
pus publications which have literary,
pretensions-Chimes, Gargoyle,' and
Whimsies. None has ever been writ-
ten, to my knowledge, dealing with
the general policies and raisons d'etre l
of these same journals; nor has any
criteism of The Sunday Magazine ever
appeared in print. The campus is
now crowded with publications; the
salesmen jostle one another on the
street corners. The time has comne
~ for one or several of their to think
of shutting up shop; 'one hears people
talkying about it, saying that this or
that ought to get out, or bhy does
thus and so still come out once a:
Chimes was 'founded a few years
ago as the "Magazine of Cam puzs
Opinion." As a nuwmber of sages pro-
;heaied at the tiaae, ther.e has, not
been enough campus opinion to war -
rant the publication of this journ~al.
The "Hot Off the Diagonal" colum~n.
which from the start was given an
inconspicuous, position at the end of
each issue, rarely covered more than,
a page.; and yet it was ample for alll

ELME . SO LES OOMI i s; and cease believing
ELM R S RLE LO MISI ing souil is the measui
tion. The editors should walk more'rest appears forced and artificial; the, THE SUNDAY 14
humbly with the Lord. It might evenl informal essays, are thin, unsubstan- Any critcisrn of The
be advisable for themr to walk a bit tial, aind often sadly affected. The zine must be unnec'e:
more humbly with the sons of men, contributors are even more typically no one, to my knowled
some of who are, let me whisper it adolescent than I am; the editors are it. The Sunday Magazi
meekly, occasionally aille to relish fairly mature, but as yet uncertain of ly with books and ib
good literature. Probably, howev-er,' their way. stracts. The average
Whimsies is forced to become super-! With no little trepidation, and no terested in neither, an+
ior merely in self-defense, lest the little fear lest I be thought presump- , lets The Magazine fall
ridicule which has generally greeted tuous, J shall try to indicate what per Sunday morning,
its efforts submerge it. seems to me the proper path. Whim-ofe coffee, and float to the
Now I am far from agreeing with' sies should descend from the heights; Some of the faculty r
the canaille in most literary disputes, seek deliberately and prayerfully for'sofa t h ne
but the canaille is right in its opinion a route untrod by any other publica-- on the campus don't r
of Whimsies. Judged by even amna.- tion, yet be ready, to contend-if need they have already pure
tear standards, much of Whimsies' be-with its contemporaries, and on publishers the good boc
poetry is doggerel, none of it is truly: equal terms; pack the halo and the 'viewved. Even the sta
imaginative; at least half the fiction rainbow --own into a bandanna hand- The Magazine never rec,
deserves a place in Chimes, and the k erchief- and toss them into the bush- their own 'work.
It is hardly surprisi
Sthe very limited appea
called an appeal) of
and considering the fa
t T aftI never read a complet
present magazine mys,
offer no very particular
The book-reviews, I dai
NEWEL BEBOUT sound as book-reviews
articles are occasional'

the pitiful tricklings of campus opin- American art is quite justly critic-- at Washington, D. C., and finally thel faculty members, and
ion that ever reached Chimes' editor- I aniien=Fouti o iie hc be correct. The music,
ial office. When last year a man with I zed wheni it is said to be to materi- mannwrittenFunbyipersons whic
is being permanently constructed i rte yprosw
decided opinions wrote for The Sun- alistic and too .anatomical; but there' h hcg iwy by persons, indeed, w]
day Magazine, Chimes was momen-, is at least one American creator who t hiao iwy.o mscan usca
taridy flooded with communications I In "The Solitude of the Soul" he to the laymcan; ms the:
denouncing him-an incident which escapes this censure, and that is Lo- ventureas the conception that men are' What then can I say
may serve to demonstrate the fate of rado Taft. In the realm of sculpture doomed to live their lives alone, in 'gazine? Precisely wl
any -real opinionist at the handy a& Mr. Taft has carried idealism to its spite of the goad ,wxiil on all sides-! tore-that nobody read
the campus. most exquisite extremity and has i not even our best friends can aid us it must be admitted, is
Although Chimes would most as- 1 pl-aced hiself in direct comparison to ;ini our greatest sorrows. In "The It is all right to say tl
suredly have starved to death if left the great French genius, Rodin. If Blind}", r atpt omrl ht-doesn't read it becaus
to graze on the meagre pastures of there is any sculptor in the history Maurice Maeterlinck put into drama,: cated up to the point
campus opi'nion, its editors have con- of American art with the possible ;the world is blind and constantly, !'t is equally all right -
tinned to publish it,'filling it with stor- exception of George Gray Barnard, vanywails for some priest, some Magazre is addressed
ies, feature articles, phtgahookwohsrucsfllenhiedwt-vil few (not more
reviews, and other items culled from, in a finite medium the infinite spirit-! poeathmhiosoheTruwho seesBlight'-dozeni.Tshoudesay)w
the legitimate provinces of its fellow- ual values which give significance tto ladk"them teTuth. Iync"Black-caentdhsedf
publications, Ilife, it is Lorado Taft. He has broughtthawk"eteitragedtheercnician -aenbsideathe pooint.v
Its stories have been wretched frome to our country thia~tpoetic vision and.'therevuler ityoeAmeiannianiuminrsttave bookr
the start. In its short story contests, ta hsiy ftogtwhich helped warehmouadd inaontgintinclgueicneesinglevenaabeSt
Chimes has persisted in its policy of' to make Phidias, Scopas, Praxiteles, ~hc tnso onanpnal ocial htteS
awadin fist riz totherotenet icontemplating the western plains, might contain featur4
story submitted, second prize to the ;and Lysippus the giant geniuses of the i"lc ak soeo the fne-wul eceirt pra
next rottenest, and third prz1t world; and what is even more re- "Blckimw"eidonio the ine-fol eceirt prom
fairly good one. 'In its last contest,1 makable, he has introduced ma esigpicsomdr scultuevietonednapel
the third prize was omitted, as was idealism into the very widst of the ta ti oceefgr it etI dvloGnapeal.
the fairly good story. most materialistic age the world has higewighngthrefhndedfonsurOY
Chme ret itae a te t kow.The process by which such a mass of;Teblfsoou
Chms ra itk a h tIkon cnrtlwsmd valbefo!ci to th~e contrary notwi
tempt to be a magazine of such an Mr. Taft is a Central Westerner, turncrposewis oe oflbl M r. Taft'sown Gargoyle has this year
astoundingly general character and h gaving been reared near Chicago, and ideas which he thought of while view- cositnty.eclln
varied field. Any effort to fill the place 'bigthsoofa niestofIl-ngom atqu sausinR e.lashed at Michigan.
of four or five 'specialized publications Ingtesno nvrit fli-igsm;ntqesausi oe maintained a fairly hig
canony b dome t falue wennois' professor. Although he was Another interesting note on "Black managed to satisfy an
theony efourorfiedprigupallrouwhn educated in Paris, he weaned himself Hawk" is -that it was paid for almost iubro edr ~
it. When Chimes started, it had a from L'Ecole des Beaux Arts. when hei entirely by Mr. Taft himself, which risque jokes or questi
clear field; Whimsies then stole ontoprdcdta sebgou,"Te speaks of his passion for art for its an' has Mixed' a lot o
the campus, specializing, in literature;, Solitude of the Soul"; and ever since, wn sake regardless of commissions with the lighter mate:
The Sunday Magazine opened up with!I then, he has devoted himself, to pion- , and contracts. lachievement.
its book reviews and feature articles; E'er art and to, the. American public. The most recent of his creations is Of course there is ad
and now the Michigan O: t:2 grabs offIOn of the brilliancies of his career i the "Fountain of Time". In many some =of it justified.
the office of car-pus _,hotograp-eix interest in the artistic education ways this in the greatest thing he has search after one ideal
Chimes has done its w-' rk a.3 a ~io-' of the masses. He does not confine( done. It displays his excellent tech- woves9 neglect of other
necer. Shall it now gr ,fully retire ' ifmsgl? to a studio in some Latin' nique and composition, and the mag- readers; which, transi
i4"IlI 3 IS qarter and there give way to eccen- nitude of his thought. The theme is 1ligilble language, mean
If lftyambtioncoud wn uqua t: icities and mannerisms; but he be-! taken from Austin Dobson 's lines: ol' tep od
fled approbation, Whimsies would i~e htatsol ecsooia "Time gosyusaAhIo campus satire forces'
r .,ve thatart sould e cosopolgeneraloesmattery.?ofitno
without doubt be admired, nay more, and .human, and oonpequemitly de-j Alas, time stays: we go" thenealemaRec odand
reverenced, not only by the percipi- smc fhstm olcuetor iei eitda ter.YaItReisrpadu
enter of our camnpus, but oven by those'whee uheomeets itima to elyaltye tus Tm dptdasaseveremaJetr Itipricl
mor otus mzdasitwer, orede , rtiereetsnhumaengs.l Mr.sHam-'watching the world ;go by. Humanity familiar verse. 'Sever
fiin ntseadsensibility. red- atitrsehua-in.M.Hm-;is seen desperately splashing into the verses however have
beyondFor lin Garland, the novelist, said in writ- future like the waves of the sea--out prose generally display
loftier than that wlkich the editors of ing of Lorado Taft: "He is the great-! of the sea we come, into ,the sea we eal skill than truly su
Michgans lterry againehav est artistic educative personality in go. The entire work is an attempt The editorials are alw;
proposed for themrselves. - Unfortun-j tie. Central West today." to look at the whole of the human race mos lwyyleel
ately, with their noble ambition is; Taft's first opportunity to show his from an external vantage point. It surely a helpful indica
-mixed-despite their protestations of j skill was his commission to decorate emphasizes once more the good na- dergraduate's attempt
meekness-a generous amount of con- Isowre of. the buildings at the World'si tured pessimism which so domxinantly originality and fearle:
ceit evn o snbbisnes, ad aso olumbian exposItion, and later at the.I pervades all great American art from luu.Terdut
ditntypo ieajudmnt Ih St. Louis Exposition. Ii. this work, ,Poe, and Whitman, dowqn to Mark is enough to secure
magazine has constantly assumed an, Mr. Talf was enabled only to proyve 1Twain, r Edgar Lee Masters, and Au- publication; when toI
air of superiority utterly unjustified by his mastery of technique and his gustugs Saint Gaudens. There. is some , lustrations are added t:
any productions thus far printed in ability in decorative art. -But after he; pathos within Lorado Taft which'dzr lxe on r
It. oe lve on r
AthspitIhaleacueofhad gained for himself a name, he seems to burst Te bonds of his good in this department
harshness, perhaps of personal site.I gave free rein to his imagination, and , nature and his homely wit. Perhaps yield the palm to nor
It is possible that I am applying too! in suced-ssion came: "The Solitude of it 'is the sadness that inevitably ac-I literary material s
rigid a standard; yet .Whimsies, by the Soul", "The Fountain of. the Great, companies genius. Genius always sees broader-in scope-ti
its insufferable attitude, has repelled' Lak~es", "The Blind", "Black Hawk", truth in the form of Fate. Euripides.- Humor Magazine will
syinppthy an.n even. courted' denuiic a- "The Columbus Mlemorial' Fountain" (("n~tinued on Page Seveu) to the top.

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