The Century is "going in" for California articles as violently, just at present, as ever it did for war articles in the days of its Civil War frenzy. In the January number Charles W. Shinn writes of "Pioneer Spanish Families in California;" John T. Doyle, on the "Missions of Alta California," and there is also a flourishing department of "Californiana." The California articles, as well as one on the old homesteads along the James, by Charles Washington Coleman, are accompanied by most artistic and picturesque illustrations. A foreigner seeing them must wonder why Americans can complain at the lack of picturesqueness on their continent. But we who are to the manor born are not so easily deceived and know that the charming pictures in the current magazines contain more of the artist's self than of the scene he has pretended to copy.
An after-taste of the war series is found in a co-operative article by three authors called "A Romance of Morgan's Rough Riders." It descries the Northern raid of the rebel general (written by General Duke of his staff) his capture (written by a Unionist) his escape (by Captain Hines of his staff)
Mr. W. W. Rockhill continues the account of his trip through untrodden China. and extracts are printed from the advance sheets of the Memoirs of Talleyrand, which have been reserved from publication for fifty years since his death in order that all whom he spoke ill of might have time to die too. There is an introduction by the minister to France, Whitelaw Reid.
There is a sketch of Kenyon Cox, the artist, and one on "Chinese Music." Among the stories are G. A. Hibbard's "In Maiden Meditation," Viola Roseboro's "Nannie's Career," and Esther Carpenter's "At the Town Farm." Among the poems is "On Looking into an Old Album," by C. K. Bolton, H. U., '90.