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MAGAZINE SECTION CVjP^TVCo^crz/ne for the, oQbgt&KZtZ, QxxbCn^ * >. Editecfljy Henry Gallup Fkine . IT IS too early yet, on the day of going to press, for the editor to have received many replies in response to his request, last month, for suggestions, criticism and advice iii regard to the contents of Tin. Monthly Magazine Section. Such as have come in, how ever, together with those that he lias personally solicited, have been both helpful and gratifying. As was to have been expected, not all of those who took the trouble to write to the editor agreed as to the merits of the stories and arti cles in the April number. Some pre ferred one contribution; some, another; and others, a third; while there was not one of the leading features in the num ber that was not the choice of somebody. That is as it should be. It must be im possible that every contribution printed #friOuld please every taste equally. But if the letters are at all representative of the general opinion of those who re ceive Tin: Monthly Magazine Sec tion, there was nothing in the April number to offend the taste of' any reader, and most of the contributions pleased all. • • • ALL Tills is very encouraging. It is al*o encouraging to get suggestions that are precisely in line with our own views for the future of this publication. A great many of our correspondents would like to get more stories of a ro mantic and sentimental nature; and quite as many voice the demand of one who wrote, asking: "Why do you not give us more tunny stories?" There is also a large element that prefers stories of mystery. Others want more tales of action and adventure, and like to be taken from one strange country to another. • * * WE BELIEVE that the editorial pro gram for the rest of the current year will satisfy the wishes of all who have written to us. In the present number, ' those who like romance and sentiment will find them in Mr. Distelhorst's p* story. "Unto Csjsar;" and also in the instalment of our serial, "The Stigma of the Stiletto," and in the conclusion of Mrs. Bennet-Thompson's story, "The Eyes of Regret." Certainly in the last two, there is no lack of the element of mystery. Adventure abounds in the first-mentioned story, and in Mr. Mor phv's Kiplingesqne tale, "A Man of Peace." and is humorously conveyed in another collection of Hudson Maxim's CONTENTS for MAY COVER DESIGN . . Drawing in Pastel bp FRANK H. DESCH '' • EDITORIAL 3 DANS REPORT CARD .... ROSALIE G. MENDEL 4 THE BOY WHO WAS NAPOLEON . . . OWEN JOHNSON 5 Illustrations bp F. K. Cruder SICK BUSINESSES AND THEIR CURE . . C. W. JENNINGS 7 Illustrations bp B. Cory Kilvert GIVERS MARGUERITE OGDEN BIGELOW 8 Illustration be Howard Heath THE STIGMA OF THE STILETTO (Chapters XIV, XV, and XVI) LILLIAN BENNET-THOMPSON 9 Illustrations bp Walter J. Enright A MAN OF PEACE E. A. MORPHY 11 Illustrations bp Albert L. Scherzer UNTO CAESAR .... WALTER L. W. DISTELHORST 12 Illustrations bp Armand Both EXPLOSIONS HUDSON MAXIM 14 Illustrations bp B. Cory Kilvert THE EYES OF REGRET . . LILLIAN BENNET-THOMPSON 15 Illustrations by Albert L. Scherzer W-7 X 4 /Mm/ ' X^v 6 Leave your call with Big Ben and sleep soundly, trustingly, cheer that is strangely novel every minute of the night—he'll about an alarm clock, call you on the dot at any time Big Ben stands 7 inches tall, slen you say. der, massive, handsome. His face is » j- c it i »_, frank, open, easy to read—his keys And if you roll over and try ]aTge t ' st ' ron^ J y towmdhis voice just one more nap, he 11 remind clear, sunny, pleasing to hear.—He's you gently that it's breakfast the one alarm clock you can always time and keep on calling until count on. you're wide awake. Big Ben is sold by jewelers only. T-. . tv t w „ The price is $2. 50 everywhere. The Theresa feeling of bigness w J em CIo(k Company of La Salle, and strength about him, a pc- Illinois, stands back of him. They'll culiar glow of brightness and gladly tell you where you can find him. BIG BEN HappineHN In often traceable to an Advertisement. "Explosions." Tlic leading story of the number, "The Boy Who Was Napo leon." the ■MOOd of Owen Johnson's Lawrenceville School stories to appear in this magazine, is one of the most humorous tl.at lie has ever written about the hoys of that now famous institution. This month, too, we begin a series of "Business" articles, by C. W. Jennings, that should prove entertain tng and valuable to many readers. • • • FOLLOW Up the good work you have done so far, by telling us how you think this number compares with the last one. Your suggestions will be too late to affect the June number, but may be of value to us in preparing the numbers to follow. Yet, we are hopeful that you will like the June number as we have prepared it, aided by the friendly criticisms already received. * * • GOUVEBNEUB MORRIS contrib utes a story, entitled "Carnovan," in which mystery, mysticism and sentiment are skilfully combined. Mystery and ro mance are brought to a stirring climax in the concluding instalment of "The Stigma of the Stiletto." Adventure and sentiment are found in "A Call in the Night," by George Halifax, a vigorous tale of army life in the Philip pines. Mary Shaw contributes some entertaining personal reminiscences, under the title of "Some Animals of tlie Stage," an article that affords the motive for the cover design, "The Lion Tamer." by Charles D. Williams. Ham lin Garland contributes a humorous character study of "A Sottth-paw Gov ernor;" ami those who want fun—■ lots of it, and then some — will find it in "Guess," by Nathaniel Hamilton Maxwell, a story that will sorely sat isfy them, and "keep them guessing," too. Mr. Maxwell is an author who writes very little; but when he does write, it is always something worth writing. His story, "Matt; Man of Affairs," won a price in Collier's, and if Thi Monthly MaoACIKI Section were offering prizes, "Guess" Would surely prove a winner. We warn everybody now to get out pad and pen cil, prepared to attempt the solution of the amusingly intricate, yet appar ently simple, problem that Mr. Max well propounds in what we confidently claim to be the funniest story of the year.