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The Sea-Serpent (The Strand, 1895)
"There is a general disposition to regard the sea-serpent and all tales of him as an everlasting joke... he usually turns up in America, in a local paper. [But] there is reason to believe that the sea-serpent is a living fact..."
The Bird of the Morning (Atlantic Monthly, 1883)
"If every bird has his vocation... that of the American robin must be to inspire cheerfulness and contentment in men."
Some Rather Odd Dishes (CFM, 1882)
A look at some recipes of antiquity, including "drye stewe," cabaches, "goos in hochepot," pygges and pecokkes, and more... (Do not try this at home...)
Romantic Legends of Sisters (GOP, 1896)
Legends of "the heroism and self-denying love of sisters" from across Britain.
Artistic Bead-Threading (GOP, 1902)
"The fashion that has arisen for bead-stringing has given girls possessed of taste an opportunity of obtaining, at a very small cost, one of the most beautiful objects of personal adornment--a necklace." Includes designs that would not be out of place today, including Basuto work.
The White Lady of the Berlin Castle (CFM, 1884)
A ghostly lady who is considered a harbinger of death whenever she is seen walking through the Emperor's castle.
How to Write Letters (GOP, 1901)
"Times have changed. When postage was a consideration and letters were rare, they were composed with great care... and less spontaneous than they are now." Today we say the same about e-mails!
The Art of Seeing Nature (CFM, 1882)
An interesting review and summary of a children's book "really containing under its lighter garb the numberless observations of a keen-sighted and intelligent lover of nature."
Thoughts on the Higher Education of Women (GOP, 1891)
Written by an author who identifies himself only as "a man," who sets himself the difficult task of describing "the characteristics of the feminine mind." He doesn't do such a bad job of it!
Ornamental and Useful Knick-Knacks (GOP 1894)
Some quick and easy craft projects, including how to make a basket out of paper.
Notes by an Artist Naturalist (GOP, 1892-94)
Beautifully illustrated monthly series by artist Fred Miller on the flora, fauna and lore of the season. (This series ran sporadically between 1892 and 1894.)
Home Management, Month by Month (GOP, 1901)
Household management tips for the month.
Recipes for October (GOP, 1897)
Recipes for the month.
Fiction: The Story of the King's Idea (The Strand, 1893)
Whose idea was it really? That depends on how good an idea it was...
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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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