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Special Overland Features
"Hamlets I have Seen and other Ham- A serial of gripping interest "The
lets," by Eugene T. Sawyer, the man who achieved fame as the originator of the "Nick Carter" stories. Mr. Sawyer's familiarity with the San Francisco stage of an earlier day, is reflected in some interesting recollections.
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River of Doom," by Frances Hanford Delanoy, will begin in the May number.
S.Omar Barker tells of the Fiesta at
the End of the Trail. In his description of the Hoover War Library and
illiam Herbert Carruth contri- how the collections were made, Ralph
butes a wonderful bit of prose-verse as distinctly individualistic in conception as it is in style. Dr. Carruth of Stanford University is known for the quality of his writing.
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To meet varying tastes and desires, there will be departments featuring musical activities, progress in the arts, the stage, out-door life, travel, the national parks, resources and industries, economic progress, trade, finance and investments.
Haswell Lutz tells a story known to but few. The Brothers Hoag will continue their Hawaiian articles with an illustrated paper on Hawaii, Yesterday and Today; Charles G.
Plummer will write on "Hat IslandHome of Birds;" Honoria Tuomey will unfold another chapter in her “Calaveras
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Edwin Markham, Millicent Shinn,
James W. Foley, Dallas Lore Sharp
Charles G. Booth, Park Abbott, Luther Burbank, George Wharton James,
Laura Bell Everett, Stella G. Trask -a quartette of popular writers, will give readers of the Overland something unusual in short stories.
Charmian London (Mrs. Jack London),
And each month there will be reprinted some story by Bret Harte, Mark Twain, or other of the early writers, that first made its appearance in the corresponding initial number of the old Overland.
The Old Mission San Juan Capistrano, showing the arches and patio. A visit to this spot brings back the history and romance of the early Spanish Period.
Bret Harte's First Editorial
In the first issue of Overland Monthly, July, 1868, Bret Harte began that series of editorials, stories and poems that almost from the beginning placed him in the front rank of the world's litterateurs. His editorials appeared under caption, “ETC." In this first issue of the new consolidated Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine, it is especially appropriate that Bret Harte's initial editorial of 1868 should appear. That Bret Harte had imagination not only, but judgment and vision and commercial understanding, is clearly shown in the accompanying statement. (EDITOR.)
By Francis Bret Harte
ET it falls to my lot at the very outset, to answer, on behalf of the publishers, a few questions that have arisen in the progress of this venture. Why, for instance, is this magazine called "The Overland Monthly"? It would perhaps be easier to say why it was not called by some of the thousand other titles suggested. I might explain how "Pacific Monthly" is hackneyed, mild in suggestion, and at best but a feeble echo of the Boston "Atlantic"; how the "West", "Wide West" and "Western" are already threadbare and suggest to Eastern readers only Chicago and the Lakes; how "Occidental" and "Chrysopolis" are but cheap pedantry, and "Sunset", "Sundown", "Hesper", etc., cheaper sentiment; how "California", -honest and direct enough-is yet too local to attract any but a small number of readers. I might prove that there was safety, at least, in the negative goodness of our present homely Anglo-Saxon title. But is there nothing more? Turn your eyes to this map made but a few years ago. Do you see this vast interior basin of the Continent, on which the boundaries of States and Territories are less distinct than the names of wandering Indian tribes; do you see this broad zone reaching from Virginia City to St. Louis, as yet only dotted by telegraph stations, whose names are familiar, but of whose locality we are profoundly ignorant? Here creeps the railroad, each day drawing the West and East closer together. Do you think, O owner of Oakland and San Francisco lots, that the vast current soon to pour along this narrow channel will be always kept within the bounds you have made for it? Will not this mighty Nilus overflow its banks and fertilize the surrounding desert? Can you ticket every passenger through to San Francisco-to Oakland-to Sacramento even to Virginia City? Shall not the route be represented as well as the termini? And where our people travel, that is the highway of our thought. Will the trains be freighted only with merchandise, and shall we exchange nothing but goods? Will not our civilization gain by the subtle inflowing current of Eastern refinement, and shall we not, by the same channel, throw into Eastern exclusiveness something of our own breadth and liberality? And if so, what could be more appropriate for the title of a literary magazine than to call it after this broad highway?