It is perhaps superfluous to call the attention of Harvard men to what is by far the most interesting article in the New England Magazine for November, the account of "The Home and Haunts of Lowell" by Frank B. Sanborn. Mr. Sanborn was for many years an intimate friend of Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau and Lowell, and he possesses a knowledge of the men which those who simply read their books can never attain. Although within the last two months a number of articles about Lowell have appeared, none of them went safely into an account of Lowell's student and home life as does Mr. Sanborn's. He draws a vivid sketch of the intellectual and social life of Cambridge, when the class of 1838 graduated, - when President Kirkland, of whom Lowell in his "Fireside Travels" has left so charming a picture, had been dead for some years, and Dr. Holmes had just left Cambridge for Boston, - when Allston was living at "The Port," Judge Story on Brattle Street, the Fays in their large house where the "Harvard Annex" is now, Professor and Mrs. Farrar on Kirkland Street, and Longfellow, a slender, blonde young professor, was lodging in the Craigie House, which became his home afterwards. He pays a glowing tribute to Lowell's wife, and dilates at some length upon her influence on her husband. Harvard men will feel themselves thoroughly at home in reading the article for it is full of familiar pictures and drawings of the different places and people spoken of and the pen and ink and pencil drawings by William Goodrich Beal and Sears Gallagher do much to strengthen the warm sympathy created by the text.
Another interesting and finely illustrated article is "The Start from Delshaven" by Rev. Daniel Van Pelt. The pictures by J. H. Hatfield and others of the quaint old Dutch town are charming and one wonders how the Puritans could drag themselves away from such a spot.
Professor Albert Bushnell Hart contributes a thoughtful article on "Why the South was Defeated in the Civil War." The deductions which Professor Hart makes are the same which certain Southern historical students have arrived at, - namely that the South had less men, no supplies, and a depreciated currency.
The concluding article of the number is another addition to the constantly-accumulating Lowell magazine literature, - on "Lowell and the Birds." Its author is Leander S. Keyser, whose new bird book is attracting so much attention among bird lovers.