Conspicuous among the contents of the December Atlantic is another of John Fiske's historical studies. It has for a title The Starving Time in Old Virginia, and is an important historical contribution as well as delightful reading.
Other articles of interest are A New England Woodpile, an outdoor sketch, by Rowland E. Robinson; The Defeat of the Spanish Armada, by W. F. Tilton; An Idler on Missionary Ridge, a Tennessee sketch, by Bradford Torrey; Being a Typewriter, a discussion of the relation of the machine to literature, by Lucy C. Bull; Notes from a Traveling Diary, a study of the new Japan, by Lafcadio Hearn; and To a Friend in Politics, an anonymous letter.
There are further chapters in Gilbert Parker's powerful serial, The Seats of the Mighty, and two poems of exceptional quality, The Song of a Shepherd Boy at Bethlehem, by Josephine Preston Peabody, and The Hamadryad, by Edward A. Uffington Valentine.
Book Reviews and the usual departments complete the issue.