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The craftsman
Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1905)

Memorable in the magazines,   pp. 621-625 PDF (1.5 MB)


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MEMORABLE IN THE MAGAZINES
amusing situations that are graphically
described. There are two cartoons that
show the absurdity of a bride entering the
home   unprepared   for  kitchen  work.
There is the story of Charles Lummins,
who has been building his own house for
the past eight years. The house is still
unfinished. He expects to die with it in-
complete. The star article in this maga-
zine is by Thomas Nelson Page, "A Neg-
lected Class." It describes the dull mo-
notony of life in the back districts and
pleads that the wealthy philanthropists do
something to relieve the situation. This
number is full of useful suggestions for
the housekeeper.
  Three articles in the January Cosmo-
politan are worthy of special mention.
These are "The Delusion of the Track-
race," "Parisian Pedlars and Their Musi-
cal Cries," "The Jefferson Bible." In the
first, David Graham Phillips shows that
the "roll" of greenbacks of the gambler
constitutes the most important factor of
the   state-protected, society-patronized,
fashionable and respectable industry of
"improving the breed of thoroughbreds."
Not in artistically laid out tracks, not in
the beautiful horses, not in any other of
the attractive accompaniments of racing
do its true nature and purpose so clearly
appear as in these "rolls," not a bill in a
single one of them got by any but dishon-
est and unlawful means. Most of them
by means that are infamous. Equally in-
teresting, but pathetic in its contrast, is the
sketch by Bradley Gilman giving the cries
of the French Pedlars, as they, in their
simple way, seek to earn their daily bread.
In "Jefferson's Bible," one is led to see a
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side of our great democratic statesman,
too often neglected. Seldom is his name
thought of in connection with religion,
save by way of denunciation as an atheist
and free-thinker. Yet he had an intense
interest in religion and was a student of
the gospels and compiled two small vol-
umes which contained the essence of the
moral teachings of the New Testament.
Many extracts in the article refute the
charge that Jefferson was a skeptic.
  In Scribner's for January, the most in-
teresting article to us is Edward Penfield's
"Amsterdam Impressions." It is not only
the quaintly drawn and colored pictures,
but in the clear-cut impression that ac-
companies them. Frank Fowler gives his
ideas of "Art Criticism from the Stand-
point of the Painter." There is much in
this article that will help the reader who
wishes to know why and how the artist
accomplishes the effects that we see in a
painting. Ernest C. Peixotto's "Erasmus
and 'the Cloister and the Hearth'," is a
well-illustrated sketch throwing life and
light around Charles Reade's great novel.
Everything Mr. Peixotto writes shows
the artistic touch. This article is both
charming and instructive.
  Success contains many good things, chief
of which is Hosmer Whitfield's "Why
Japan Must Win." There is a graphic
picture of the Mikado and his influence,
showing him to be an enlightened and pro-
gressive monarch, in the very front rank
of the world's rulers. Frederick Upham
Adams writes on "The Dollar and the
Death Rate," giving the reason for the
astounding number of railroad wrecks in


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