HERE is a city which knows no boss but itself; which takes the merit system as a matter of course, and without any law enforcing it; a city which keeps its officials in office as long as they will stay or as long as they serve the convictions of their constituents; a city which makes its enterprises pay, and pay big, and watches its finances as prudently as the most conservative banking house; a city in which it is the ambition of every citizen to serve without pay and without return save in the approval of his fellows.By FREDERICK C. HOWE IN SCRIBNER'S MAGAZINE15 min
IN New York there are half a dozen dime novel factories; in London there is an equal number. Much of the time of these publishers is occupied in cutting the titles off their rivals’ productions and pasting new ones on after a few names and situations have been changed.By THE AUTHOR OF "SLICK PARKER."12 min
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AS a child and as a youth I had one attack after another of membranous croup. My winters were seasons of terror and suffering. I lost much time from school and tutors had to come to the house. Besides my eyes were astigmatic and I was 27 years old before I knew it.By JAMES B. MORROW IN WORKER’S MAGAZINE11 min
DR. CAHILL’S new invention suggests, if it does not promise, a complete change in the system by which a comparatively few rich people enjoy the best music to the exclusion of all others. Instead of bringing the people to the music the new method sencs the music to the people.By RAY STANNARD BAKER IN MCCLURE'S MAGAZINE11 min
IT is curious to see that most of the great steps of advance were made without the knowledge of the people who called themselves the rulers of the country. One wonders whether in the bottom of their hearts they thought they were the rulers of the country.By EDWARD EVERETT HALE IN WOMAN'S HOME COMPANION11 min
CHRISTOPHER SIMPSON was reading the help wanted column, which he had decided was his last hope. Nevertheless he managed to extract amusement therefrom. The diversion of the moment had been an advertisement running: Wanted, men to carry sandwich boards for advertisers.By GANETT SMITH11 min
IF I were asked to name the characteristics which, from the standpoint of the casual traveler, make British railways most unlike American railways, I should reply unhesitatingly, hedges, and the Board of Trade. Each of these terms is somewhat symbolic, as used.By RAY MORRIS IN ATLANTIC MONTHLY10 min
HE—or she, for there are feminine as well as male matrimonial agents — is almost invariably a liar, and not infrequently a thief. There are, no doubt, exceptions; but the exceptions are few, and the matrimonial agents who grow true to type many.By G. SIDNEY PATERNOSTER IN GRAND MAGAZINE9 min
AMONG the curiosities exhibited at the Philadelphia Exposition, which was held in the centennial year of 1876, was the first telephone invented by Professor Bell. With its huge leather transmitter and the pointed receiver, this instrument was viewed as a wonderful but useless invention.By H. C. NICHOLAS IN MOODY'S MAGAZINE9 min
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