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Occasional Papers, published monthly at 3, Lansdowne Crescent, Bournemouth is a new magazine of forty pages of excellent literary matter printed in clear type on good book-paper. In the June issue Clive Holland writes sympathetically on Thomas Hardy and the Wessex Novels; Duncan Hume, in a statistical article, answers the question "Is England a Musical Nation?" "A Dream," by H. L. Vahey, is a beautiful allegory of the simple life, and "Spiritual Healing," by Kenneth Ingram, is a thoughtful inquiry into the phenomena of healing after the manner of Jesus.

Bibby's Quarterly (Exchange Chambers, Liverpool). The summer number of this beautiful quarterly excels, both from an artistic and a literary point of view, any of the preceding issues which we have seen. The entire magazine is devoted to literary matter which is richly and profusely illustrated. The article deserving of special merit is one entitled "The Sky at Night," by W. E. Plummer. It is a charmingly written piece embodying the latest information concerning our planetary system and the Sidereal Universe. It is illustrated by nine very fine plates of the Moon and Planets, several Nebulae, the Star Cluster in Hercules, and a portion of the Milky Way. Other articles are "Inspiration in literature," by W. C. Ward; "Sir Oliver Lodge on Religion and Science," by H. L. Y.; "The Earliest Civilization," by A. P. Sinnet; and "Moral Fruit-Bearing," by James Allen. "More Oddities of the Sea," by Theodore Wood, is illustrated with beautiful colored plates of various forms of sea-life. The magazine is enriched with a number of other articles; there are full-page portraits of Count Tolstoy and Sir Oliver Lodge, and a number of colored reproductions of famous paintings.

The Golden Chain Circle, is the organ of the Children's League, conducted by Miss Ethel Mallet, Dornicourt, Dormans Park, Surrey. It is an eight-page quarterly. The Summer issue contains, amongst other things, two beautiful allegories—"The Parable," by Esta, and "The Secret of the King," by "Carnation."

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James Allen

James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.

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