Issue 9 and Volume 1881 7.

TOPICS OF THE DAY THE March number of Scribner is an especially interesting one. Mrs. Burnett’s new Novel, “A Fair Barbarian,” now running in this popular periodical, is very entertaining, and the contributions of the other writers are well worthy of attentive perusal. The number of St. Nicholas for the coming month is also a valuable one, to the child of a greater growth as well as to the young folks. GENERAL Joseph S. Smith, of Bangor Ladder fame, and collector of customs in the principal seaport town of Maine, passed through New York a day or two ago, on his way to Washington, to participate in the festivities contingent upon the inauguration of a new president. The General usually swears by the Bangor Ladder, but occasionally his well-known, patriotism obliges him to swear by the government. IT is complimentary to the fire service that four-fifths of the applicants for…

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