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The new officers, elected during the last session, are already
proving themselves resourceful and energetic. Mr. J. D. Powell
(Aberdare County School) is the President of S.R.C., and Miss
M. G. Campin is the Vice-President. The committees of the
War Memorial Fund are hard at work, and appeals for donations
are being issued through the Press. — W. Ll. T.
The pattern of College life at Aberystwyth is very complex.
Many and diverse threads go to make it up. When war broke
out the whole fabric was rudely severed. Piecing together the
broken strands is a slow and difficult task, but it may fairly be
said to have begun. Thus the numerous College Societies have
resumed their activities, and the field they cover is sufficiently
wide to suit the most catholic of tastes The Literary, Celtic,
and Chemical Societies meet on alternate Mondays, the Geo-
graphical, Physical, and Natural History on alternate Tuesdays,
and the Choral and Orchestral each Wednesday. On Thursday
evening there is a concert organised by the School of Music.
Friday is devoted to the Literary and Debating Society, and
Saturday to dances, smokers, and sing-songs." These societies
are all doing valuable work, in that they promote the cultivation
of taste, and this, as Prof. Atkins stated in his lecture before the
Literary Society on Edward Fitzgerald," is one of the main
objects of a University education.
The Literary and Debating Society made an inauspicious start
with a debate on the necessity of a Coalition Government. The
second debate, on the Irish question, was altogether on a higher
plane, the discussion being keener and more serious in tone. In
both cases the majority voted against the policy of the present
Government. Considerable activity in political matters is being
shown this session. A Liberal Society has been formed recently,
and there is already a flourishing Socialist Society in existence.
As the University now returns its own member, it is only fitting
that students should take an intelligent interest in politics.
The literary and Debating Soiree took place on November
19th. This year Barrie's Twelve Pound Look and
Houghton's Dear Departed were staged. Owing to the
limited seating capacity of the Examination Hall, a dance was
"Some Masterpieces of Latin Poetry; Thought into
English Verse. -By William Stebbing. T. Fisher Unwin.
Ltd. 7/6.
Mr. Stebbing is to be congratulated on another instalment of
specimens of ancient classic authors. Some Masterpieces of
Latin Poetry, thought into English verse," follows closely on
the heels of his volume on Greek Dramatic and Bucolic Poetry.
and again his task has been so admirably accomplished that he
has not only done a signal service to scholars," but to those
who, though possessed of a liberal education, are unable to read
the celebrated Latin authors in their original language with
facility and pleasure.
The translations from the five selected poets have been
executed with scholarly ability and true poetic insight, and will
stimulate all classes of readers to seek for a better acquaintance
with the finest efforts of the grand old poets of ancient Rome.
The characteristic features of the poets are set forth with
literary skill in the brief epitomes, and the poems selected for
translation fully demonstrate the writer's estimation and criti-
cisms. It is pleasing to observe the high pedestal on which the
translator places that prince of lyrists, Valerius Catullus. Quin-
tlian's dictum that of the lyric poets Horace was the only one
worth reading, may be allowed to stand if we except Catullus,
with his exquisitely finished and charming verse, never lacking
in force and even sparkling wit. So true to nature is this
versatile poet that it is doubtful if any modern quite surpasses
him. Sirmio is a veritable triumph of poetic art. It would
be as impossible in his case to alter or displace without injury
and loss a single word as it would be to tamper with the
Horatian Odes.
The weaknesses of Propertius are patent to the casual reader,
but so are his great powers when he cares to exercise them, as
he has done in that imaginary and exquisitely pathetic appeal of
the dead Cordelia to her husband.
The extracts from Ovid exhibit the versatility of a poet with
brilliant fancy and graphic narrative, the Chief Romancer of
the Middle Ages as Mr. Stebbing aptly terms him. He also
shows that in spite of his diffusiveness, Ovid at times, with a
arranged in the Parish Hall to take the overflow, and the inno-
vation was a decided success. We have now a new code of
social regulations, giving men and women students increased
freedom, and, what is far more important, increased responsibi-
lity. These concessions should be as zealously preserved as they
have been hardly won.
Armistic Day was celebrated with impressive solemnity. The
Roll of Honour, draped with laurels and an academic gown, was
placed at one end of the quadrangle. Staff and students
assembled on the promenade in front of the College for the two
minutes' silence. Simplicity was the keynote of the whole
ceremony, and therein lay its effectiveness.
The great event of the month has been the three days' Orches-
tral Festival, given by the London Symphony Orchestra. The
Festival was a great educational venture; students were admitted
to rehearsals, there were special students' hours, and even at the
evening concerts there were three minute lectures before each
item, for the especial benefit of the uninitiated. Dr. Walford
Davies conducted throughout in masterly fashion. Those of us
who come from remote districts owe him a deep debt of gratitude
for opening up to us aspects of life hitherto unexplored, and even
unsuspected. His work seems destined to mark the beginning of
a new era in the musical life of Wales.
New regulations have come into force this session, giving to
each College a certain measure of freedom in drawing up schemes
of study for degrees. It is to be hoped that these regulations
will mitigate the soullessness of the examination system. It seems
ludicrous that a man whole career should be determined solely
by his performance in an examination of a few hours' duration.
Yet this has too often been the case, and in many instances the
examination result has not been a faithful reflection of the
student ability. One way of counteracting this is by a greater
development of the tutorial system, which will bridge the gulf
that undoubtedly exists between the teacher and taught. We
note with pleasure the efforts of certain professors and lecturers
to get into personal contact with their students. This introduction
of the human touch into the machine is a movement in the right
direction, and is worth extending.
rush of inspired feeling, reaches the highest mark in "Phaethon,"
a work of high art. a noble song from beginning to end."
International Labour Legislation.-By H. J. W.
Hetherington, M.A. Methuen. 6/
The bankruptcy of modern European statesmanship could
scarcely be better proved than by the fact that two years after
the signing of the Armistice, the League of Nations has yet
little effective existence, so far at least, as concerns the creation
of representative bodies possessing any real authority. At the
same time much has been done to help forward the good cause,
proof of which is furnished in this book. And that work will,
we are sure, as the author desires, stimulate the international
idea." This is what the world needs to-day in order to fully
realise that as no man liveth to himself," so no nation liveth
to itself. Surely the universal aim should be to order our politics
for the purposes of mutual help, not mutual destruction. The
truth that selfishness does not pay was taught long ago, but it
has never been properly learnt-at least by nations. Most wars
in the world's history have been waged for material advantage.
The old fights for the grasslands have takennew objectives.
Nations now fight to gain control of coal fields, iron beds, oil
wells, wheat lands, rubber supplies, and other raw materials for
their various industries, and the workers have been won over to
share in these enterprises by the representation that their standard
of living would be raised thereby. Happily the idea of a better
way is beginning to dawn in the minds of the peoples of the
earth-the idea of co-operation and mutual help. The book
under review describes an attempt at the embodiment of this
idea by the International Labour Conference held at Washington
in November last year, and it is an illuminating description by a
master of his subject. Chapter I., on the General Problem
of International Labour Legislation," and Chapter XI., on
Conclusions," will be found particularly interesting by most
readers, and they well deserve to be read more than once. The
book is a notable contribution to the forces which make for
peace and good-will between nations, and its appearance is
opportune. J.EL.G.
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