Other Contents of Current Magazines.
In this department we draw attention to a few of the more important topics treated in the current magazines and list the leading contents. Readers of The Busy Man’s Magazine can secure from their newsdealers the magazines in which they appear. :: :: :: :: ::
A portrait of Ellis Parker Butler, author of the now famous story "Pigs is Pigs," is one of the features of the December number. The romantic serial “Prisoners," by Mary Cholmondeley, reaches its second installment. There is a pretty set of colored pictures depicting “The Child’s Christmas," while in an article on “The Story of American Painting," several very beautiful examples of the work of American artists are reproduced. Two or three especially clever stories appear in this number, notably “Peter Potter: Business
Privateer.77 The leading contents are :
The Mastery of the Earth, by W. S.
Harwood, which outlines the wonderful achievements made by the workers in agricultural experimental stations.
Who Shall Own America? by Judge
Peter S. Grosscup, which discusses the problem of the control of corporations.
Charles E. Hughes, by Ralph H.
Graves,—a short character sketch of the great lawyer who has been conducting the investigation into
the affairs of the big American insurance companies.
Articles of an instructive and entertaining character appear in this periodical. The bill of fare for December is particularly good. From it may be selected the following:
A Successful Flying Aeroplane describes the experiments which have led to the invention of an airship supported by the upward air reaction on plane surfaces.
A Suite of Solid Silver Furniture. A
description of the beautiful production of a Sheffield firm for an eastern potentate.
The Tobacco Industry of the United States. A short article on an important phase of American industry.
The Christmas number of this magazine is a handsome publication, containing some very effective color work. Special mention might be made of the artistic work in connection with a poem. “The Princess of the Tower,77 by Bliss Carman, and the reproductions of four paintings by
Robert Reid in colors. The serial story “In Cure of Her Soul,” by F. J. Stinson, increases in interest. The leading contents are:
Montmartre, by Alvan F. Sanborn, which describes a section of Paris little known from its artistic and literary standpoint to the average tourist.
The Work of Robert Reid, by Royal Cortissoz—giving some account of the artistic attainments of an American artist.
Algiers in Transition. An illustrated description of a city where orient and Occident join hands.
Taormina the Beautiful. Some account of one of the most beautiful . places in the world, situated in Sicily and daily becoming a more fashionable tourist centre.
No special attention is paid to Christmas in the Atlantic Monthly, which continues the even tenor of its way. There is, to be sure, a Christmas essay by E. S. Martin on “Riches,” which is well worth reading, but apart from this the contents are of a general character. There is a clever paper on Sir Henry Irving in this number and one, or two excellent short stories, besides the following:
Is the Theatre Worth While? A
thoughtful discussion on the problem as to whether the theatric art is to continue to survive as a commercial undertaking or as a real art.
Woman Suffrage in the Tenements.
Some personal experiences of the writer as she sought to secure opinions among the women of the tenements.
German Ideals of To-Day. An explanation of how social justice and social efficiency dominate the devices of Germans to-day.
The Broadway always has an interesting table of contents, which have the merit of being short and to the point. In the December number are to be found articles on “Fortune Telling with Cards,” “The Stage and its People,” “Guying and Guys on the Stage,” and “The Chorister Boy as He Is.” There are several short stories and a plentiful supply of illustrations. The following articles are of special interest:
North Poleward. An account of the exploration tour last Summer on board the steamer “Miranda.”
The Reformation of Manhattan’s Bad Boy. A description of the manual training work done by boys at the Slate House of Refuge.
Modern Education of Children, by George Bernard Shaw. Some of the exaggerated views of the famous playwright.
One of the most interesting features of the Canadian Magazine for December, is a series of eight views of “The Harbors of Canada.” These include Victoria, Fort William, Sault Ste. Marie, Depot Harbour, Toronto, Montreal, St. John and Halifax. In the series of Canadian celebrities, Jean Graham writes a short sketch of the poet, William Wilfrid Campbell. A paper on the work of Andrea De] Sarto, with illustrations of hi's work, occupies first position. Readers will find the following articles of special interest:
Canada After Twenty Years, by Sir
Gilbert Parker. An interesting comparison, showing how ^ a national Canada has sprung inlo being.
The Lure of the Better West, by Aubrey Fullerton. An account of immigration from the United States into Western Canada, accompanied by some interesting photographs.
The contents of Gassier’s always have a practical and instructive turn, that makes this magazine very helpful to the busy man. In the December issue the following articles appear :
A New Type of Ocean Steamship. A
detailed illustrated description of the new Hamburg-American liner “Amerika,” which recently crossed the ocean for the first time. Industrial Smoke and its Prevention discusses the problem of smoke prevention from the historical standpoint.
Pipe-Line Power in Niagara Gorge
shows what could be done with the Niagara rapids in the way of developing power.
Dredging and Dredging Appliances is
a long and elaborately illustrated article on a subject which commands much attention in this day of improved water communication.
Four excellent novelettes are added to the December number of Chambers’s Journal, as a Christmas treat for readers. The regular section of the magazine is. as usual, full of good matter, most of which is instructive and all of it entertaining. The following articles will be found of special interest:
The Repairs of Life, by Dr. Andrew Wilson. This tells how nature sets to work to restore the human body to a normal condition whenever wounds or injuries have been inflicted upon it.
Millionaires’ Hotels of New York.
The mammoth hotels of New York, with all their magnificent and luxurious appointments are here described, as they strike visitors from the Old Country.
Rejected by the Publishers. Interesting instances are given where famous books have been refused by publishers, showing that the judgment of these personages is not always infallible.
Wanted: A Christmas Grocer. This is a quaint essay, in which the virtues of the old-time grocer, with his genial manner and his generous gifts, are extolled.
One of the oddities of the December Cornhill is an article on the “Battle of Austerlitz,” written by a French officer and published in the original French. The serial story at present running through the Cornhill is “Sir John Constantine,” by A. T. Quiller-Couch. Special mention might be made of a short story “The White Woodcock” appearing in this number. Of the other contents mention might be made of:
Reminiscences of a Diplomatist,—the third in a series, giving some account of affairs in St. Petersburg before the Crimean War.
The Christmas Book, by Joseph Shaylor. A paper tracing the origin and increasing popularity of Christmas editions and annuals.
The Fascination of Orchids, by Frederick Boyle. Something about cne of the most wonderful flower creations in the world.
A notable serial begins in the December Cosmopolitan, one of H. G. Wells, fantastic prophecies of things to be, entitled “In the Days of the Comet.” There is a beautiful essay
on “The Poetry of Jesus,” by Edwin Markham, who wrote “he Man With the Hoe.” Of fiction there is good store, mainly of the light love story style. The illustrations are numerous and some novel effects have been introduced. Particular attention is directed to :
Christmas With the Roosevelts in 1765. An illustrated account of how the progenitors of the President of the United States spent Christmas long ago.
Burdens Borne by Women. A description of some of the tasks performed by women in various parts of the world.
Story of Paul Jones, by Alfred Henry Lewis, continues the graphic account of the career of the famous sea captain begun in an earlier number.
Art for Business Sake, by David Belasco. A paper by the great dramatic critic on some phases of the commercialization of the stage.
“The Spoilers,” a serial by a new author, begins in this number, as also the first chapters of an account of economic conditions in the Old World by Charles E. Russell, called ‘ ‘ Soldiers of the Common Good. “Frenzied Finance,” by Thomas W. Lawson, still continues its course. There are a number of stories and the usual supply of illustrations.
McClure’s December number contains three or four good stories, notably a fantastic sketch by Jack London, called “Love of Life.” Part second of Carl Schurz’ “Reminiscences of a Long Life.” appears in this number. This is one of the best
things McClure’s has had for some time. Among the other contents are :
Folk, by William Allen White, a character sketch with portrait of the youthful Governor of - Missouri.
Railroad Rebates, by Ray Stannard Baker, a further discussion of a subject which is agitating Americans at present.
“Shakespeare’s Heroines,” color drawings by Henry Hutt, of Rosalind, Ophelia and Juliet, are features of the Christmas Metropolitan. There are also some beautiful color illustrations accompanying an article on “Kairwan the Holy.” “Pugilism and the Drama” tells of prize fighters who have gone in for acting. The remaining contents are mainly in the line of fiction.
Some appropriate Christinas fiction appears in the December number, redolent of the old romantic days. One of the best stories is “My Lady’s Ring,” by H. B. Marriott-Watson. “The House of the Evil Hour,” by Sidney Pickering, is another of a like character. “The Message of Christmas,” by the Bishop of Ripon is an illustrated paper on five parables of Christ. The fourth story in the series of “Trials of Commander MeTurk,” by C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne, appears, as also the final installment of “Kipps,” the serial by H. G. Wells. Among the heavier contents are:
Soveregns I Have Sung to, being reminiscences of Madame Sembrich, who has had the good fortune to * be listened to many times by royalty in all parts of Europe.
The Picture of the Year. An inter-
view witli the Hon. John Collier. This is accompanied by a half dozen reproductions of famous contemporary paintings.
London at Prayer, by Charles Morley, continuing a series and describing the singing of the Christmas carols at the Foundling on Guilford Street.
THE PACIFIC MONTHLY.
The Christmas number of the Pacific has been enriched with several very fine photos of natural scenery that delight the eye. There is an interview with the cartoonist, Homer Davenport, a number of short stories and
Driving the Iron Stallion Down to Drink, by Frank Ira White, discusses railroad construction to the Pacific Coast.
The Coming Supremacy of the Pacific, by Wolf Von Schierbrand, is the fifth in a series, and describes more particularly the influences of irrigation and immigration on western life.
A Mecca for Astronomers tells of the solar observatory on Mount Wilson in the Sierra Madres of Southern California.
The December number is given over almost entirely to fiction, which will be found of a wide and varied interest. The articles of reminiscence by Albert Bigelow Paine, in this number, deal with the second attempt to relieve Fort Sumter. “Joseph, Chief of the Nez Perces,” describes an interesting Indian character.
When the President is “At Home,”
gives a picture of the scene and ceremonies at the White House when the President receives.
The Greatest Standing Army in the
World, shows how the school children of the United States outnumber every standing army in the world.
The double Christmas number of, Pearson’s with its thirty-two pages in color, is a splendid production. First there is a beautifully illustrated article on “Autumn and Winter in Art,” by Rudolph de Cordova. This is followed by ‘ ‘ Types of Terriers and Toys,” also well illustrated. There are quite a number of excellent stories and articles, of which the following are of particular interest :
Famous Raconteurs, by Harrv Curniss, telling anecdotes of Jerrold, Brookfield, Garrick, Burnand, Gilbert, Mark Twain, etc.
Queer Loads—an account of some extraordinary loads that have been carried on railroad trains.
Fiction is the predominant note in the Christmas number of Scribner’s. One of the best stories is “Captain Arendt’s Choice, ” a modern nautical yarn. “The Man who Studied Continual” is a fantastic conception, but amusing at the same time. Richard Harding Davis contributes a story, entitled r‘The Spy,” and there is a serial story by F. Hopkin son Smith. An illustrated paper on the work of the artist Holbein is also to be found in this number. j
The Christmas Success Magazine has much of live interest in its contents. Four stories and a number of good articles make up a bill of fare, that is bound to please. “The Art
of Christmas Giving,” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, and “Success with a Flaw,” by Orison Swett Marden, are two essays of special interest. Among longer articles are:
Turning Children into Dollars, which tells how the sweat shops are grinding hope, ambition and even life out of little toilers.
The Romance of News Gathering, which describes ho wthe newspapers get their material and tells about some of the big scoops that have been secured.
Money-Making at Home, which gives some schemes by which women can make money at home.
Several notable articles are to be found in December System that merit careful reading. “The Organization of a Retail Store,” for instance, is a most helpful paper on how the work of a retail store should be departmentalized. In the series, “How the Articles of Commerce are Made,” the subject of “Twine” is taken up and the whole process of its manufacture illustrated in a set of nine pictures. Some half dozen articles give descriptions of business systems, with accompanying charts. Among the more important contributions may be mentioned :
Building a Business Machine—showing the necessity for a thorough coordination of interests among the individuals of a business house. Wholesaling by Mail. A description of how the greatest wholesale business in the world was developed on this idea.
The Automobile in Business tells of the development of the motor car ' from a mere pleasure giver to a business utility.
The Parasites of Foreign Business.
Some account of fake export associations, with their methods and how they may be counteracted.
How to Run a Mine Economically. The story of a mine manager who built up a group of losing mines into a property worth half a million dollars.
Though its name might imply dry and learned contents, the Technical World is not so heavy as one might suppose. In fact much bright, readable matter of general interest appears in its pages from month to month. Take the following articles as examples:
Story of the Iron Industry, tracing the various processes which follow the digging of iron ore from the Lake Superior mines until it is turned into pig iron—profusely illustrated.
Anti-Auto Riots of 1830, tells of the efforts made to keep the first steam railways from doing business.
The Grand Canal of China, describes one of the most famous canals in the world.
The special feature of the Arena’s December issue is “The Coal Trust of Colorado, ” designated an amazing revelation, by Hon. J. Warner Mills. The work of the cartoonist John L. De Mar is given some attention by P>. 0. Flower, and several of his best cartoons are reproduced. An excel lent full-page portrait of Mayor Tom L. Johnson, of Cleveland, and 4 portrait of Count Tolstoi are features. From the literary contents the following may be selected:
Uncle Sam’s Romance with Scienoc and Soil. A description of the wonderful progress that has been
made of late years in scientific agriculture.
Economics of Moses, An interesting* paper on the Mosaic law relating to land and tools, which is the basis of all economics.
The Reign of Graft in Milwaukee. A short and concise account of political corruption in Milwaukee.
Some extremely fine color work is to be found in the Century’s Christmas number. To illustrate a short poem, “A Christmas Hymn,” an eight-page section on heavy coated stock has been used. The designing and coloring of the section are very fine. The principal feature of the literary contents of the number is the opening installment of “Lincoln the Lawyer,” a study by Frederick Trevor Hill. There is also to be found the second part of Mrs. Humphry Ward’s serial “Fenwick’s Career.” Other interesting contents are :
An Intimate Study of the Pelican. An
illustrated article, descriptive of the extraordinary bird that inhabits the southern seas.
Historic Palaces of Paris. A description, with many handsome illustrations of the Hotel de Grillon, which has the most unique location in the world.
The Russian Players in New York.
Some account of the Russian plays and the players who have been performing them on the New York stage.
THE GRAND MAGAZINE.
As usual, the Grand Magazine is full of articles of timely interest, covering a wide range of subjects. The absence of illustrations permits of a e^more extensive bill of fare than is given by the illustrated magazine.
In the series of “Best Stories of Leading Writers,” one of Arthur Morrison’s tales is published. There is a symposium of opinions by colonial authorities on emigration, in which Mr. Thomas Southworth, Ontario colonization officer, takes part for Canada. The articles of immediate interest to business men are:
How Bargain-Hunters are Swindled,
dealing with the abuse of legitimate advertising methods by manipulators.
Work Done in Sleep, telling how intellectual feats have been accomplished during sleep which during waking hours proved impossible. Should Women Wear Corsets? is discussed by two leading London physicians, who take opposite sides of the question.
THE MONTHLY REVIEW.
A valuable commentary on British Russian relations on the Afghanistan border is supplied in a paper by Sir Charles Dilke, which is the most important feature of the December number. “The Anglo-French Agreement and What it May Lead to” is treated in an interesting manner by Sir Harry Johnston. “Underground Jacobitism” and “Forbidden Marriages” are two unusual articles. There are the opening chapters of a new serial “A Face of Clay,” by Horace Vachell. Two specially strong articles are :
Public School Education. A condemnation of the existing traditional system of grinding knowledge into unwilling and uninterested pupils.
The Unemployed and the Unemployed Workmen Act, by Sir Arthur Clay. A review of the( Act of 1905, showing wherein it will relieve the distress of the unemployed.
THE REVIEW OF REVIEWS.
“The Progress of the World,” with its accompanying illustrations, the cartoons of the month and the “Leading Articles of the Month,” alone would make the Review of Reviews a valuable publication. But in addition the reader is given a number of special articles, which are always of timely interest. “The Russian Situation” and “The New King of Norway,” are articles of political significance. “A GermanAmerican University Alliance” and “The University of Texas” are of educational interest. “What do our Church Buildings Express !’*’ and “Foreign Conductors of this Season’s Music,” are illustrated aiticles that appeal to two different classes of people. To the business man the following articles will be found of interest :
America in Foreign Trade, discussing American trade with the Orient and*with South America, with detailed statistics.
The Americanization of Mexico, showing how American capital and American influences are changing the character of Mexican life.
THE WORLD TO-DAY.
An excellent portrait of Premier Seddon of New Zealand appears as the frontispiece of the December number, accompanying an article on labor conditions in that colony. One of the most interesting of several contributions is “The Swedish-American,” which is practically a character sketch of one cf the best of American settlers. It is illustrated with portraits of Swedes who have Avon distinction in the United States. An instructive article discusses “The Aus-
tro-Hungarian Crisis.” Of more particular interest to business men are:
The Responsibility of Insurance Officials. This article shoAvs. hoAV farreaching are the interests of insurance companies and IIOAV necessary it is that they should be well managed.
Americanizing the Japanese, by W, S.
Hanvood, gives an interesting picture of how American influences ¿ire telling on the Japs, Avho live in the Western States.
The Land Without Strikes supplies reasons why New Zealand is so prosperous, quoting the opinions of Premier Seddon.
Orchards in the Desert. A description of the Avonderful apple orchards of New Mexico, produced by irrigation.
THE WORLD’S WORK.
Illustrations are always a strong feature of the World’s Work and the business man finds much to interest him even in a casual glance through its pages. The December number has some strong features. Of passing interest are “Gun and Camera in African Wilds,” “Frederick MacMonnies, Sculptor,” and “Full-Page Literary Portraits,” Avhile the following* Avili be found instructive:
Venezuela and the Problem it Presents. A lengthy account of the political situation in Venezuela, a country plundered into weary acquiesence by its pompous dictator.
The Story of Henry B. Hyde, the man
Avho founded the Equitable Assurance Society and through whose energy the colossal groAvth of life insurance has been brought about.
The Children Who Toil. A detailed account of some of the eAÛls surrounding child labor, showing the proper light in which the problem should be viewed.