The initial article of the number is a study of Budopest and its recent rapid development, by Mr. Albert Shaw, with a number of excellent illustrations by Joseph Pennell. Mr. Edmund Clarence Stedman contributes the fourth of his articles on the "Nature and Elements of Poetry," dealing this time with "Melancholia," and Emilio Castelar, the Spanish historian, publishes another chapter in his life of Columbus.
There is a rather fascinating article entitled "The Great Unknown" by Mr. J. B. Holder. It is an accumulation of evidence in regard to the "sea-serpent," and after reading the testimony, one is inclined to believe that such creatures do exist.
The frontispiece is a portrait of the late Roswell Smith, who was president of the Century Company up to the time of his death. He was the founder of the magazine and the inspirer of its most important enterprises. The other notice noticeable contributions to the number are the continuation of the "Naulahka" and Dr. Mitchell's "Characteristics" and the usual number of clever stories and poems.