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The Atlantic.


The first article in the December Atlantic describes in a delightful manner one of the most famous of the old time taverns of Boston. The Bunch of Grapes was one of those old-fashioned inns for the entertainment of man and beast about which a thousand historical memories cluster, and whose kindly hospitality, "though lost to sense, still through memory stirs the heart and kindles the imagination.

One of the most interesting articles in the number discusses the tendencies past and present, of architecture in the west. Mr. Van Brunt is hopeful of a rational and artistic architectural development in the western states. He admits that "the prejudices and desires of the most impartial observer must necessarily color his deductions;" but he says, "I venture to believe, however, that the forward movement has gone far enough to enable us to appreciate the spirit of it, if not to comprehend the general direction of its progress." This spirit he conceives to be the change coming about by natural growth and by logical processes of induction.

Professor N. S. Shaler has a paper on "School Vacations," which is rather a discussion of vacation schools, and a very readable one too.

Classical students will be interested in Mr. Lawton's "Delphi: the Locality and its Legends."

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