MAGAZINES, REVIEWS AND PERIODICALS.
THE August number of Scribner's Magazine is that annually
welcome feature of the summer season, "The Fiction Number."
This year it contains an unusual assortment of stories-no less
than seven in all. Among the popular writers who contribute
stories are: Mrs. Burton Harrison, Octave Thanet, T. R. Sulli-
van, H. C. Bunner, and Duncan Campbell Scott. Four of the
stories are illustrated, each by a single artist chosen with refer-
ence to his special fitness to deal with the particular characters
and scenes. A. B. Frost illustrates Octave Thanet's Western
story, "The Besetment of Kurt Lieders;" W. T. Smedley, Mr.
Bunner's "As One Having Authority;" Chester Loomis, Mr.
Scott's Canadian story, " The Triumph of Mary Laviolette;"
and C. Delort, of Paris, Mrs. James T. Field's charming version
of Maurice de Guerin's famous and beautiful prose poem, "The
In addition to the stories there are several articles in other
fields than that of fiction, but likely to afford no less entertain-
ment. Mr. Walter Besant, the novelist and historian of London,
contributes an article on "A Riverside Parish," in the series on
"The Poor in Great Cities," that tells of the development and
growth of an out-of-the-way and rarely-visited region of London
--the home of the "dockers" and men whose work depends
upon the coming and going of ships. The many illustrations
are by Hugh Thomson, and were made under Mr. Besant's
The late Sidney Dillon, whose executive ability, thorough faith
in the enterprise, and substantial support, largely contributed to
the completion of the Union Pacific road, finished, only a few
weeks before his death, the " Historic Moment" on "Driving
the Last Spike of the Union Pacific," which appears in this num-
ber of the magazine. Mr. Dillon was one of the chief partici-
pants at this impressive ceremony, which united the East and
West by rail.
Professor N. S. Shaler's article on "Icebergs," giving a history
of the origin and travels of these beautiful and often dangerous
products of the great North, is particularly timely, as this is the
season of the year when ice is frequently met with by the great
Readers of Mr. H. C. Bunner's stories, who have always found
a special charm in the delicate and sympathetic quality of his
work, will find these elements in full in his story, "As One Hav-