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The February American has as its opening feature a paper on the “Heart of the Automobile," illustrated with photographs and old prints. The series of articles by Charles H. Caffin on “The Story of American Painting” is continued. There is an installment of Mary Cholmondeley’s serial, “Prisoners,” and a valuable paper on “Judge Mack and the Chicago Juvenile Court.” The stories in the number are good this month.
The Mastery of the Earth tells of the work of the state experimental stations in discovering ways for the restoration of worn-out soil. This is the second article in a series.
Among the contents of the January number there are several articles that merit attention. All the articles in this magazine have the advantage of being short and pithy.
Making Curling Stones describes briefly a Scottish industry that sends its product to Canada and the United States.
Ihe Making of Handsome Silverware
is a well-illustrated article on the making of silverware in sterling silver factories.
Safe-guarding the Nerves of Warships
tells of the means taken by the U. S. navy to protect the vital parts of battleships.
A powerful article on “The Looting of Alaska” opens the January num>ber. This article gives a remarkable picture of the opening of the gold fields at Nome. In the series of “Recent College Architecture,” the new buildings at Harvard and Yale are described with pictures. “My Own Account of the First Day at Shiloh,” by Lew Wallace, is of interest to Americans.
The Royal N.W.M.P. of Canada is a
short description, by one of their number, of life in the North-West Mounted Police force.
Japan’s New Commercial Activities, by Harold Bolee, is the third of the series on Japan as a rival to the United States in the East.
A sketch of the actor, Richard Mansfield, occupies first place in the January Arena. It is well illustrated. To Torontonians the paper on “Direct Legislation in Cartoons” with five cartoons by J. W. Bengough dealing with Toronto’s recent municipal elections should be of interest.
The Railway Empire, by Prof. Parsons, analyzes and classifies the railway systems of the United States, showing the ownership and control.
Uncle Sam’s Romance With Science and the Soil tells of the great works of irrigation that are being carried on in the United States.
ASIATIC QUARTERLY REVIEW.
This excellent publication shows the fruit of much study and research. The contents are divided under the headings, Asia, the Colonies, Orientalia and General. To lawyers a paper on “Facts of Interest and Curious Points in Mohammedan Law” will be instructive. Those interested in things eastern will appreciate “The Ring from Jaipur” and “The Jagannath Car Festival.” Of a more practical interest are :
The Tea Duties; an exhaustive study of India’s great fiscal problem, by Sir Roper Lethbridge, and
Japan and the Peace, an estimate of Japan’s position after the war and her diplomatic strength.
The New Year is started well by the editor of the Atlantic Monthly, who gives his readers a splendid table of contents. The literary person who wishes to keep in close touch with the best in American literature needs the Atlantic, and the thinker always finds food for thought in its pages. Let us recommend the following articles in the January issue :
The University Presidency, a careful study of the American university prefacing a statement of the president’s functions.
Esperanto : the Proposed Universal Language—An explanation of the new language which is based on the roots of all languages.
The Chinese Boycott, by John W. Foster, still another explanation of
the astonishing retaliatory measure of the Chinese.
The stage always bulks largely in the Broadway and in the January number we have “The Stage and its People,” “From the Instructor to the Stage,” and “Stage Folks in Autographs.” An attractive series of children’s portraits appears early in the number and Marie Hall, the violinist, writes entertainingly of her teachers. There is also a brief illustrated description of Monte Carlo.
Daring Boat Voyages in Deep Seas
tells of the exciting voyages of Captain Cranston, of New Bedford, and Mrs. Crapo, in small boats.
Idiosyncrasies of Bank Signatures illustrates some extraordinary signatures that bankers have to deal with.
Mrs. Campbell Praed contributes the opening chapters of her serial of Australian life, “The Lost Earl of Elian,” to the January Canadian. The leading article is “The Problem in the Philippines,” by Bradford K. Daniels, with many illustrations. A sketch of John Morley by Pelham Edgar is noteworthy. “Reminiscences of a Loyalist,” being the manuscript of Colonel Stephen Jarvis, will interest those historically inclined.
Reminiscences of Sir John Thompson
tells interesting stories of a former Prime Minister of Canada.
Sir John Carling is a character sketch of the London brewer, who was once a Cabinet Minister.
The Breaking of the Paper Combine,
by John A. Cooper, relates how the Canadian Press Association brought about the first investigation into a reputed combine in Canada.
Cassell’s for January is enriched by two exquisite color prints mounted on
brown paper. The first is “The Fighting Temeraire,” after the painting by J. M. W. Turner ; the second is “A New Light in the Harem,” from the painting by Frederick Goodall. The most notable article in the number is an interesting contribution from Miss Marie Corelli, “The Right and the Wrong of It,” with a portrait of the authoress. “Society Chauffeurs” pictures some of the noted ladies who have taken up motoring.
Garden Villages gives information about the efforts of reformers to solve the housing problem in the neighborhood of great cities.
Though much of the contents of
Gassier’s are technical, there are several articles that are of a general interest.
The Largest Turbine Steamship describes the new Cunard liner, “Carmania.” The article is accompanied by many illustrations.
Notable American Railway Bridges
describes with illustrations some of the new steel bridges over the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
Telcgraphica from Many Sources
points out inconsistencies in the tolls on telegraph messages in various parts of the world.
Better Methods of Compensation for Workmen points out a neiv system for paying labor.
Among the illustrations in the January Century may be noted the four marble groups of the continents designed by D. G. French for the main front of the New York custom house. There are also two highly colored designs of old English religious lyric. Mrs. Humphry Ward’s serial reaches its third installment and Frederick Trevor Hill’s “Lincoln the Lawyer,” its second installment. Among other notable contents are :
Railway Rates and Industrial Progress, how rates are influenced by industrial, geographical and weather conditions, written from the railway standpoint.
The Lucin Cut-off, an interesting description of the engineering feat which threw a railway across Salt Lake.
A Power Plant, an account of the Fisk street turbine engine electric station in Chicago.
The January number contains the opening chapters of a new. serial by Lady Napier, entitled “A Stormy Morning.” Another eminent contributor is the Duke of Argyll, who writes of “Wild Times in the Highlands.”
There is a short serial and one or twro good short stories, and
Opening of Post Letters, showing how the Government has power to open letters and when that power has been exercised.
Progress in Rhodesia, telling of the building of the bridge over the Victoria Falls and the development occasioned by the opening of the railway.
The Icy Oceans, containing a graphic picture of the southern oceans and of life there, with special reference to the icebergs.
The most notable feature of the first issue of Cornhill for 1906 is the opening of a serial storv by Stanley J. Wevman, which deals with the first Reform Bill in England. Lawyers will find “Judges’ Wut” amusing, telling, as it does, excellent anecdotes of the bench. Sir Algernon West gossips entertainingly about Mayfair and the part it played in the works of Thackeray. “Matter, Motion and Molecules” is a scientific article, throwing new light on old theories. “The Reminiscences of a Diplomatist” continue their course.
One of the attractive features of the current issue is a cycle of ten pictures entitled “Mother and Daughter,” by Emilie Benson Knipe. The remarkable serial by H. G. Wells, “In the Days of the Comet,” reaches its second installment. “The Cannibals and Mr. Buiïum” is an amusing short story by Charles Battell Loomis. The following special articles will be found of interest :
Out With a Moving-Picture Machine, describing how the pictures that delight so many frequenters of theatres and amusement resorts are produced. The article is well illustrated.
Germanizing the World, by Charles Edward Russell, the first of a series which Mr. Russell is preparing for this magazine on the remarkable progress of Germany.
Electricity’s Farthest North, a paper which tells of the wonders of electricity still to be discovered and utilized, with descriptions of new inventions that will revolutionize the world.
The January number opens with an account of “The Art of Solomon J. Solomon,” with reproductions of some of his more celebrated paintings. There is a bright paper on “The Theatre in the Public Schools” with illustrations ; the first of a series of “Humorous Stories of the King” ; a paper on “The London Stage,” with handsome portraits of four noted actresses ; a description of “The Homeland of Our Queen,” and a sheaf of short stories. The illustrations in the English Illustrated Magazine are numerous and excellent.
The January issue of Everybody’s, like most of the current numbers, has an automobile article. With the at-
tractive title, “Car Coming,” this article tells of the great Vanderbilt cup race.
Soldiers of the Common Good, by
# Charles Edward Russell, tells how municipal ownership has been secured in Great Britain and Europe.
Reporters of To-Day describes the work of the New York reporters, with stories of some of their careers.
In the January number will be found the opening chapters of Eden Phillpott’s new serial, “The Whirlwind.” There are the usual number of political articles, notably “Unionism, Its Past and Its Future,” and the “Political Prospect.” The first of a number of sociological articles by Leo Tolstoi, “The End of the Age,” appears. There is an interesting paper on “French Politics and the Elections,” and an equally readable article on “The German Naval Bill.” Literary persons will find “Pepys and Shakespeare” very entertaining. There are a number of other readable contributions.
The Imperial Visit to India tells how the Prince and Princess of Wales are being enthusiastically received.
The London ’Bus, a light and pleasing essay on one of London’s ancient institutions, now passing
German Colonization in Brazil, giving details of the progress German interests are making in South America.
This most important of American quarterly reviews summarizes the political, financial, educational, art, scientific and literary progress of the past few months in a series of papers by men eminent in each of these denartments of activitv. In ' addition there is
Financial Japan After the War, a
Japanese view of the outcome of the war from the financial viewpoint.
The New China, the awakening of China to new activities in all directions of life.
Russia’s Economic Future, a discussion of financial conditions in Russia and the steps which will have to be taken to prevent bankruptcy.
The January Grand (Canadian edition) has a striking cover design, in which Sir Henry Irving is the central figure. A sketch of his career by Joseph Hatton is the leading article in the number. In the series of “My Best Stories,” the author is Morley Roberts. Under the heading, “My First Appearance,” several notable actors and actresses give their early experiences. John Oliver Hobbes’ serial, “The Dream and the Business,” starts its course.
Do We Take Too Much Exercise? is
discussed pro and con by two eminent physicians in an entertaining manner.
Is Disease a Blessing? by Sir Frederick Treves, takes a new view of disease, showing that in many cases it is instrumental for good.
The Hibbert Journal is a handsomely printed quarterly review of religion, theology and philosophy. Its contents naturally appeal to those interested in these subjects. For January the editor provides among other articles, “A Moslem View of Christianity,” “Outcome of the Theological Movement of Our Age,” “A Japanese Buddhist Sect,” “The Material Element in Christianity,” “Faith, Reason and Religion,” “Christ and Caesar,” “Religious Knowledge as a School Subject,” “Are the Clergy
“The Surge of War,” a series of short stories by A. Norman Innes, begins in the January London Magazine. There is an interesting series of five full-page pictures of life in Paris, and an interview with Guy Thorne* the new English author, who has won fame as the author of “When it Was Dark.”
A Scramble for a Million tells about some of the strange letters addressed to the winner of a million franc lottery prize.
Pickwickian Inns describes some of the famous old English inns that figure in the pages of “Pickwick Papers.”
The Richest Man in the World, a pen
sketch of John D. Rockefeller, by his American biographer, Ida M. Tarbell.
Quality and not quantity characterizes the contents of this magazine in its new form. The January number contains several good things. The description of life at Oxford by an American Rhodes scholar is particularly good. There is an installment of “The Enemy’s Camp,” a serial story, a paper on “The Hearts of Berkshire,” a couple of short stories, and
The Newfoundland Fishery Dispute,
by P. T. McGrath, of St. John’s. Mr. McGrath gives a very clear explanation of the fishery question from the Newfoundland view-point.
“Theodore Roosevelt : An Outdoor Man,” with many portraits, occupies the place of honor in January McClure’s. Stewart Edward White begins a series of stories called “Arizona Nights,” which are evidently modelled on the “Arabian Nights.” The fiction in the number is particularly good.
The Private Car and the Beef Trust
is an attack on Armour and the forces he represents, by Ray Stannard Baker.
A Servant of God and the People,
a character sketch of Mark Fagan, mayor of Jersey City.
There is much entertaining reading in the January number of the Monthly Review. The number opens with a brief “Note on the Political Situation.” This is followed by a clever essay, “Brains and Bridge.” Miss Mitford writes about “Relics,” and Sven Hedin tells graphically of his experiences on the Black Sea and its coasts. The royal visit to India makes appropriate a paper on “Indian Feudatory States and the Paramount Power.”
Bulgaria To-Day describes the progress that has been made of late years in one of the little known states of Eastern Europe.
An Irish Experiment, by Shan F.Bullock, tells about the ' philanthropic work being carried on by Sir Horace Plunkett in one of the poorer districts of Ireland.
The January number of Munsey’s Magazine contains ten special articles, a serial story, nine short stories and two departments. “The Prisoner of the Vatican” tells of the life of the Pope in his palace at Rome. “Henry Watterson” is a character sketch of an eminent American editor and journalist. There is also a sketch of “Lord Curzon of Kedleston.”
English and American Journalism,
by Henry Watterson, contrasts the newspapers of the two countries, much to the advantage of the former.
The pictures of American celebrities in the National are always interest-
ing and there is sure to be a story or two to entertain the reader. From time to time an article of timely interest appears.
A University That Means Business
is an account of the work of the University of Illinois, with a portrait of Edmund J. James, its president. ,
Ben Franklin and Tom Paine are
sketches of two of the men who did much to bring about American independence.
The Yellow Peril of the North discusses the negro problem as it affects the United States.
The January magazine number of the Outlook is well illustrated. There is a set of sketches of “Americans in the Rough,” showing typical immigrants from Europe. Hamilton W. Mabie’s article on “Two Old Cities” in Germany is admirably illustrated. In the series of “Tarry at Home Travels,” Dr. Everett Hale takes up Connecticut. “Emperor William” is discussed by a Berlin diplomat and there are portraits of his ministers.
Illustrations are one of the most pleasing features of Out West, and they are excellently executed. Accompanying an article in the January issue on an expedition into Navajo county, Arizona, are a series of very handsome engravings. This is followed by an illustrated article on “Reviving an Ancient Craft,” or the weaving of colored baskets. A third article entitled “Ties” describes how ties are hewn out and brought into commerce. The balance of the num-‘ ber is made up principally of stories.
The Overland Monthlv is mainly a fiction publication. Its January issue contains no fewer than aylozen short
stories of varying interest. In addition there are three or four articles, notably “Woman’s Work in Munich,” which is well illustrated, “What the Rose Can Do,” a paper for lovers of flowers, and “An Impressionist Picture of San Francisco,” with illustrations.
The January number is called the California Midwinter Number and the contents include several interesting articles descriptive of various phases of life in that state. There is a profusion of illustrations of a most interesting nature, and a number of short stories.
The Cash Value of Climate shows how
climate as well as land has a price, as illustrated *by California.
California’s Guest Rooms is a description of the palatial hotels in the state that are open to receive guests from all the world.
The California Bungalow describes
the favorite home of the people who come to settle in California for their health.
Education in California tells of the systems of education and describes California’s great universities.
The January number opens with a first-rate motor story, “The DustCloud,” by E. F. Benson. In the series of the Eton school-days of celebrities, the Earl of Durham is the subject. “The Trials of Commander McTurk,” by C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne, continue and there are the opening chapters of a new serial by Marie van Vorst, entitled “The Master of Craven.” Among articles of a more solid character are “The Cave Dwellers of the Tunisian Sahara,” and “A Painter of French and American Society : An Hour with M. Theobald
To the February Pearson’s Mrs. John van Vorst contributes as first article, “Six Score Years, the Natural Age of Man.” There are several short stories and
The Modern Home of Fishes, some adcount of the fish and of the aquariums that have been built for fishes.
Varied Uses of the Automobile, an
illustrated paper showing many different uses to which the automobile has been put.
The Foundlings of New York City,
describing the charitable institutions that have been provided for the care of foundlings.
The first and most startling contribution to the January Pearson’s is a paper by the editor on “The Waste of Infant Life,” writh illustrations and statistics. The remainder of the number is largely made up of fiction ; among the stories may be mentioned “The Lady Noggs, Peered,
Long Night,” “The Chronicles of Don Q.,” etc.
How I Invented Interviewing, by
Raymond Blathwayt, is interesting alike to the newspaper writer and the newspaper reader, as it tells of the beginnings of a most interesting phase of journalism.
REVIEW OF REVIEWS.
One of the most timely articles in the January number is a paper by W. T. Stead, discussing the new British Government. The review of leading articles of the month is especially readable, much attention being given to affairs in Russia. There is a series of opinions on the abolition of football, contributed by American college professors, and a well illustrated article on “The Norwegian ‘Ski’ Manoeuvres.” Attention is directed to :
England’s Problem of the Unemployed, by Agnes C. Laut, a pen picture of some of the miseries witnessed by the author recently in London.
The Strikes and Lockouts of 1905,
an estimate of the results achieved by the forces of organized labor and capital during the past year.
A Year of Canadian Progress, by
J. P. Gerrie, a summing up of the main features in Canadian national life during 1905.
Redevelopment of an Old State, a
paper on the State of Maine, showing what has been done of late years to utilize its great natural resources.
The January number is a bright production with plenty of stories and illustrations. “When Great Men Woo” tells of the courtship of several royal personages. In the series “Survivors’ Tales of Great Events,” the loss of the Victoria and the saving of the Calliope are described.
Story of the Bible Society gives a highly interesting account of a most remarkable institution, with many illustrations.
Three serial stories and a boys’ life of Abraham Lincoln are running at present in St. Nicholas, that admirable magazine for the young. The January number in addition contains an amusing story by Ellis Parker Butler. There is an instructive article on the invention of the match, besides numerous other stories. St. Nicholas’ illustrations are excellent.
There are seven stories in the January Strand by such familiar authors as H. G. Wells, F. Anstey, Robert Barr, Florence Warden, Richard Marsh and E. Nesbit. In the series of portraits of celebrities at different ages, Mark Twain and Henrik Ibsen are Dortraved. “The Mutiny on the
Potemkin” gives an inside picture of a fearful scene in Russian history.
Playgrounds in the Sky describes, with illustrations, what is being done in crowded New York to provide children with outdoor sports.
A Franklin cover makes the January Success Magazine look very attractive. It shows the first arrival of Franklin in Philadelphia and accompanies the article on “Franklin, the First Self-Made Man in America,” which is one of the best features in the issue.
The Shameful Misuse of Wealth
points out how wealth is accumulating in the hands of the few and of how it is being squandered foolishly.
Hughes, the Great Modern Inquisitor,
is a character sketch of the New York counsel who has exposed the wrong-doing of the insurance officials.
Turning Children into Dollars is the
second of Juliet Wilbor Tompkins’ arraignments of the forces that are supporting child labor.
The table of contents in the January issue is a lengthy one and a varied number of interests are covered. Every business man should make it a point to see this publication. Among the January features the following are noteworthy :
The Greatest Business Enterprise,
an account of the business side of the construction of the Panama Canal.
Mexico’s Battlefields of Business, a
series of views showing typical factories, offices, stores and banks in Mexico.
Wholesaling by Mail, the second article on this subject, describing the evolution of the catalogue and the system by which the selling end is handled.
The Conquerors of Business, brief sketches of the three men who built up the harvester industry in the United States, McCormick, Deering and Jones.
The January issue of Temple Bar begins a new series, issued at sixpence. It is a neat, well-printed magazine, with a high literary tone and without illustrations. A serial by Thomas Cobb, entitled “The Amateur Emigrants,” begins ; there is an important paper on Vladimir Korolenko, the Russian author, followed by a translation of one of his stories. The balance of the magazine is made up of short stories and poems, with an interesting article on “Sea Songs.”
In addition to Anthony Hope’s serial, “Sophy of Kravonia,” in the January Windsor, there are six short stories, each of which is excellent in its way. The opening article treats of the art of James Sant, R.A., with reproductions of his best work. In “Chronicles in Cartoon,” we are shown colored cartoons of potentates, princes and presidents. These are one and all very interesting. “The Superannuation Department, A.D. 1945.” is an amusing skit by E. F. Benson.
The January issue contains several notable contributions. From an art standpoint the illustrated account of “The Carnegie International Art Exhibition” is valuable. There is a timely article on “The Premiers of Europe,” with portraits. W. T.
Stead % writes entertainingly of the personality of the Czar.
The Re-Making of Colombia tells of the excellent work that is being done in Colombia by its president, General Reyes.
The Far-Flung Telephone describes the amazing development there has been of late years in the use of the telephone.
The Great Northwest gives a picture of the progress of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota with illustrations.
Reforming a Labor Union shows how the teamsters’ unions of Chicago have been taken out of the hands of schemers and made strong and independent.
The busy man will find this magazine of peculiar interest. The January number is full of good things that will appeal to him and the illustrations are many and well produced. The following articles can be particularly commended :
The Cotton Growers, by Arthur W. Page, which studies the problem of cotton production in the southern states, showing the improved conditions which now prevail.
Swinging the March of Empire, telling about the recent development of Utah and Nevada, through railway construction.
The Last of the Territories, describing the people, cities, towns and industries of Arizona and New Mexico.
The Awakening of China, by Dr. W.
A. P. Martin, a missionary’s interpretation of the Chinese boycott and its significance.