The Monthly.

The February number of the Monthly contains unusually little of interest or merit. "Academic Truth," the reprint of a speech delivered in Sanders Theatre by Francis Cabot Lowell, and an essay on "Stephen Phillips and His Work," by O. J. Campbell, are the only articles worth careful reading. "A Winter Ode," by H. W. Holmes, has no little beauty of description. But the Monthly has seldom--if ever--given twenty pages of space to a weaker effort than "The Tower of Silence; a Play," or published a poem more out-of-place than the doggerel verses, "On a Certain Retaining Wall."