The January number of the New England Magazine, which chances to be the Christmas one, is largely devoted to the subject of Bells, Christmas ones and other ones. The leading article, by E. H. Goss, is illustrated by pictures of famous bells, and bell-towers, and even scenes from imaginative works representing the effects of their melodies. These follow a facsimile of Long. fellow's "Christmas Bells" and an illuminated reproduction of Poe's "Bells."
Of value to lovers of nature and of the science of nature is H. H. Blalard's article on "Greylock," the highest mountain in Massachusetts. "An American Landseer" treats of Alexander Pope, the Boston animal painter and his works.
The fiction, which is appropriately of New England character, is contributed by Kate Upson Clark, Mabel Loomis Todd, Albert T. Cox, Dorothy Prescott, etc.
Near the end of the number is a symposium on the future of the New England country, to which ex-Governor Long, George B. Loring, Rev. S. W. Dike and Rev George A. Jackson contribute. Their words are suggestive.
The "Omnibus" department, with which the number closes, contains some "Harvard Echoes." The publishers of the New England Magazine are clearly making efforts to represent all features of New England life and scenery as thoroughly as possible, and judging from the substantial appearance of the magazine, they are meeting with success.