The February number of The Century devotes a considerable space to the second installment from Talleyrand's memoirs. This section is devoted to Talleyrand and Napoleon.
The California papers are continued with articles on "Fremont in the Conquest of California" by General John Bidwell, an old pioneer of '41, who has already contributed a couple of papers to the same series; and on "The Discovery of Gold in California," by John S. Hittell. In the department of Californiana there is also an account of the gold discovery by James W. Marshall, the discoverer of gold at Sutter's Mill, and a portrait is given of him in Mr. Hittell's article.
A valuable article is the one by Charles de Kay on "Theodore Rousseau and the French Landscape School." Rousseau was one of the Barbizon school and few artists have carried the landscape to such a pitch of art as he did.
Fiction is out in full array; Mrs. Burton Harrison contributes "Penelope's Swains"; Joel Chandler Harris writes a dialect story called "Balaam and his Master," and Mary E. Wilkins a sketch "Emma."
Mr. Woodville Rockhill, in his journey through the unexplored recesses of the Celestrial empire, now hies himself to "Northern Tibet and the Yellow River."
The serials make their usual progress. "Sister Dolorosa" ends her days very picturesquely by drowning at Molokai, Father Damien's leper settlement. But a new serial is ready to take the place of Mr. Allen's story, and Edward Eggleston begins "The Faith Doctor."
Among the other features of the number, besides verses by Richard Henry Stoddard, Walter Learned and Thomas Bailey Aldrich, is a reproduction of a painting by D. M. Bunker who recently died in Boston.