Amid so many good things in the October number of the Century it is difficult to choose articles of special value to Harvard men. Of particular interest to the majority of college students will be Edmund Gosse's critical essay on Rudyard Kipling, which is in the nature of a review of his literary work in prose and verse. Mr. Gosse has done his task in a careful, judicial spirit, and the result is an admirable estimate of an author with whom almost every one has become familiar in the past two years. A portrait of Mr. Kipling is the frontispiece of the number.
Fine Arts 4 men will find much valuable information in Mr. Stillman's contribution to the series of "Italian Old Masters." Mr. Stillman writes briefly of Lorenzo di Credi and of Perugino, the master of Raphael, and an engraving by Mr. Cole of a work by each accompanies the text. Another paper of unique interest is Mrs. Joseph Pennell's description of A "Water Tournament" at Martigues, in the south of France, a sport which partakes of the nature of a joust, with lance and shield, from elevated perches at the prows of boats, with a background of Provencal pageantry. The illustrations are by Mr. Pennell.
Of the short fiction of the number, "The Story of a Story," by Brander Matthews, is perhaps the most entertaining as well as the most original that has come from the pen of this gifted playwright for some time. Another good story is "Was It an Exceptional Case?" by Miss Matt Crim, which bears in certain features of theme and plot a striking resemblance to Mr. Howells' story. "+++n Imperative Duty."