The Youth's Companion.
It is the opinion of this editor, that of all the periodicals published in the United States for the masses of the young people, there are few if any, that for genuine merit in every department will compare with The Youth's Companion. Every department is of interest. The stories are of a wholesome, healthy, natural kind, that appeal to the reader as having really occurred. They are devoid of that peculiar air of unreality that accompanies so much of the fiction of the present day.
The reading is as beneficial and important to adults or even to the aged, as it is to the youth. There is at least one article in each number, or fifty-two articles in a year, contributed by writers of distinction, in public life, in literature in science or in the professions. There are narrations of adventures and of hair breadth escapes that actually occurred; there are humorous stories, that have the real natural flavor; there are character narrations, and deeds of heroism, and moral illustrations that cannot but benefit every reader.
The current events of the times are presented briefly but correctly in a manner that permits one who is not able to do general reading on the subject, to obtain exact information. That which I esteem, perhaps more highly than any other feature is a peculiarly high, religious and essential moral tone, that runs through every number from the first to the last of each year. I believe it is the duty of every editor to encourage constantly the spread and appreciation of exactly this class of literature, It is to be deplored that we have so much that is called good, that differs very materially from this.