The Monthly for June contains a very interesting though short article on "The Future of Local Libraries," by Justin Winsor, the librarian of Harvard Library. Mr. Winsor's article is suggested by the recent action of the Massachusetts Legislature providing for the maintenance of small local libraries. He speaks at some length of the system adopted in France by the Societe Franklin and though their methods would probably not work satisfactorily if universally adopted here, there are many points in which we would do well to imitate them. It would certainly be a great improvement if all the small libraries here were managed by some central authority, and if the printing and cataloguing could be done at the same time for all, much money would be saved. This method is not without disadvantages but is certainly preferable to the way in which things are at present managed.
C. T. Copeland, Instructor in English, is the author of an article "Miss Austin and Miss Ferrier; Contrast and Comparison." Its nature is sufficiently indicated by its name. We need only say that the article is plentifully supplied with quotations and is very interesting reading. The other articles in the number are unusually good. The best are "Pygmies of Africa" by John Dean Caton who has often before been a contributor to the Monthly, "The Hayes Administration" by John Cox, and for lovers of nature a charming and interesting article by Olive Thorne Miller entitled "At Four O'Clock in the Morning." Two very entertaining articles are "A National Vice" by H. C. Merriem, and "Ennue" by Agnes Repplier.