The most striking articles in the current Atlantic are the timely contributions on Whittier. Prof. George Edward Woodbury's essay on the dead poet is perhaps the best that has yet appeared. It is written in a spirit of friendliness - even of love we may say - and is very appreciative. "The life of Whittier," he says, "affects us rather as singularly fortunate in the completeness with which he was able to do his whole duty, to possess his soul, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Lovers of New England will cherish his memory as that of a man in whom the virtues of this soil, both for public and for private life, shine most purely."
Then come the verses, "In Memory of John Greenleaf Whittier," which Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes composed. One stanza, particularly beautiful, reads as follows:
"Death reaches not a spirit such as thine,-
It can but steal the robe that hid thy wings;
Though thy warm breathing presence we resign,
Still in our hearts its loving semblance clings."
Mrs. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps has another memorial poem entitled, Whittier (Dying.)" The rest of the number is occupied - among other things, by "Some Breton Folk-Songs," Sociology in the Higher Education of Women," and the "Two Programmes of 1892" - which is a review of the political platforms during the present campaign. The fiction of the number includes "Mr. Jolley Allen," Margaret Deland's "Story of a Child," Crawford's "Don Orsino," and the "Withrow Water Right."
THE CENTURY.The leader is an article on Repin, the greatest of, Russian painters, by Isabel Hapgood. Then follows the first installment of the widely advertised new story by Mrs. Burton Harrison, author of the "Anglomaniacs." It is illustrated by C. Dana Gibson and he has never done better work than in the scene at the opera house. It seems as if book-illustration has no room for improvement, such is the excellence of this work.
Hezekiah Butterworth has a story entitled "An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving" and the last piece of writing prepared by James Russell Lowell for publication is published. It is an uncompleted essay on Francis Parkman. Archibald Forbes contributes his second article on "What I Saw of the Paris Commune." There is an interesting study of "Road-Coaching up to Date" with pictures illustrating the trip from Paris to Trouville.
The first installment of "Letters of Two Brothers"; the correspondence of General and Senator Sherman appears in this number and promised to be a serial biography of the greatest interest. Mr. T. Cole's engraving of George William Curtis, which was first printed some years ago, is reprinted. Mrs. Elizabeth Pennell begins a serial entitled "To Gipsyland" - followed by some "Autobiographical Notes by the Composer Massenet." There are many other things of interest in the number but they are to numerous to mention. However one ought not to leave out Brander Matthew's story "The New Member of the Club" and Octave Thanet's "Rowdy."
OUTING.The most interesting article to the Harvard man in the current Outing - aside from John Corbin's remarks on the "Mile Walk" which was recently reviewed in the CRIMSON, is Walter Camp's second paper on "Battles of the Foot-ball Season of 1891."
The illustrations to it include pictures of the Harvard and Princeton teams and Captain Trafford and Lake of Harvard, McCormick of Yale and Riggs, Warren, King and Homans of Princeton. The rest of the number is devoted to sketches of hunting and fishing expeditions and experiences, thrown into delightful relief by "Harry's (everlasting) Career at Yale."