Harper's opens with a description of the "Holy Places of Islam" by Charles Dudley Warner. It is very interesting and the information given is remarkable, since only two unbelievers, Burckhardt and Burton, have ever made the pilgrim age to Mecca and Medineh. The photo graphs, which are the first of the kind ever published, were taken by a Moslem officer of high rank in 1880.
In connection with the conclusion of "Jane Field" a portrait of Miss Milkens is given. Richard Harding Davis contributes a new ghost story "The Boy Orator of Zepata City" which, however, is hardly to be compared with his other work. It is interesting but unsatisfactory. Following it is an article entitled "Along the Paris Boulevards" by Theodore Child, excellently illustrated by A. Lepere. Then comes a contribution by Frank D. Millet on the "Designers of the Fair." Mr. Millet, from his position as Chief of Decoration at the Fair, is peculiarly fitted to deal with the subject. Among the portraits is one of Daniel H. Burnham, the real maker of the Fair.
There is a story by Francois Copper entitled "The Rivals" and one by M.E. M. Davis called "Mr. Benjamin Franklin Gisk's Ball." Laurence Hutton contributes a third paper on "A Collection' of Death-Masks" and another of James Russell Lowell's essays on "Old English Dramatists" is painted.
The Editor's Easy Chair is from the pen of the late George William Curtis and is followed by an appreciative Memorial.
SCRIBNER'S.An article by Henry James on the "Grand Canal", with fascinating Italian pictures, begins the current number of Scribner's. After that the most striking contributions are a paper by W. C. Brownell on "Realistic Painting in France" and "Conversations and Opinions of Victor Hugo" by Octave Uzanne. The letter is very well illustrated from contemporary prints.
Franklin MacVeagh writes of "Chicago's Part in the World's Fair" and Octave Thanet and Thomas Nelson Page contribute stories.
NEW ENGLAND MAGAZINE.As is very fitting, the place of honor in this month's New England is given over to an article called "In Whittier's Land", followed immediately by a study of "Whittier, the Poet and the Man" by Frances C. Sparhawk. Another article of interest is a fully-illustrated account of Wellesley College. "The Home of Black Hawk" is the subject of a paper and "Old Hadley" is also written of. The fiction of the number is by Richard Marsh, Ethel Davis, E.E. Rexford and W. Grant.