The Atlantic Monthly for November is an exceptionally good number. The great variety of subjects treated makes the magazine acceptable to every taste. The serials are "Passe Rose," by A. S. Hardy; and "The Despot of Broomsedge Cove," by Miss Murfree. Mr. Downes' fifth paper on "Boston Painters and Paintings," also appears. There is not an article which does not have some merit, but of the deepest interest to us, are papers on two of the living questions of the day, factory life, and economy in college work. In the paper on factory life, the writer gives an account of the practice of black-listing mill hands prominent in labor organizations. If the testimony of the unfortunate black-listed men is true (and there seems little reason to doubt it) they have fearful grievances which demand redress. We lose sight of the fact that in these days of striking laborers, that the employers are not always the most upright of men. The employers are not the only sufferers and the claims of the employed must be regarded before labor troubles will cease.
The paper by Mr. John Trowbridge on "Economy in College Work" should interest every student of Harvard University, for we are to a great extent the subject of his criticisms. Mr. Trowbridge condemns severely the custom among us of selecting four college courses wich call for entirely different states of mind. Earnest work, in his opinion, can not be accomplished unless a man can give his whole thought to one subject for a certain time, at least three months. He advises selection of courses, which demands like states of mind, philosophy and political economy for example. The writer plainly shows the weak points in our present system. We recommend this article to our readers' attention.