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The Marvels of Maria Montessori
THE wonderful educational discoveries and achieve-

ments of Maria Montessori, an Italian educator, will be described, for the first time in the English language, by Josephine Tozier. Madame Montessori has entirely

done away with the drudgery of learning to read and write. Children four years old learn to write in six weeks, without effort or strain, and reading follows almost as easily. Maria Montessori has been called the "rediscoverer of the ten fingers." The revolutionary feature of her system is the extraordinary development, in very young children, of the sense of touch.








ISS VELVIN'S first article, published some

months ago, dealt principally with the accidental and incidental dangers which wild-animal trainers incur, and with the momentary flashes of anger or surliness on the part of the animals. Her second article takes up animals of a notoriously savage or gentle disposition, explains somewhat their trainers' methods, and tells story after story of sudden danger and narrow escape.







Author of

The Rug of Her Fathersand The Tooth of Antar


DGING from the letters and inquiries which

have flooded this office ever since “The Rug of Her Fathers” appeared, it would seem that to please a great majority of our readers we have only to announce that in the May number we will publish a third Syrian story by Lucille Baldwin Van Slyke.

Era Syil. Benda


By Marie Belloc Lowndes Author of "According to Meredithand The LodgerAN N extraordinary story of a disaster which overtakes a submarine in

the French Navy, told with all Mrs. Lowndes' color and power.



By Her Son and Her Grandson, C. E. and L. B. STOWE A REMARKABLE picture of life in a clergyman's family in New England

nearly one hundred years ago. The Rev. Lyman Beecher brought , up his large family of children at Litchfield, Connecticut. The struggles of

these young people against the severe theology of their father, their fight for the beauty and joy of life, make a story of exciting intellectual adventure.

“I Swear By Ray Stannard Baker”



If you have ever broiled in the sun with your hat in one hand, a bag of peanuts in the other, and cheered wildly when Wagner or Chase or any of the great base-ball players “pulled off” a good play, you will appreciate those remarkable base-ball articles which are now appearing in The American Magazine. The first story is called “Hitting the Dirt,” and it appears in the May number. These articles are written by

EADING The American Magazine is

like sitting down to talk with a mellow old friend who has emerged from much trouble to see things clearly, cleanly, and hopefully. Experience has broadened its scope and has given an authoritative grasp of situations; something has given it charity.

When I read • The Editor's Table' and The Interpreter's House,' the thought always comes of a kindly personality, yet wise; that helps to explain the tone of the articles in between. Specifically, I swear by Ray Stannard Baker. When he pictures a situation — he has written concerning some things which I know intimately — nothing is lacking but something is added — the clear interpretation which is impossible sometimes to those blinded by too great familiarity with details.

He seems a personification of the magazine."

HUGH FULLERTON Fan, Base-ball Scientist, Writer

For twenty years Fullerton has been reporting the national games; twenty years passionately studying his hobbybase-ball. Fullerton knows intimately every important player, has traveled with them, played with them, and worked with them.

"Hitting the Dirt," in the May Amer. ican Magazine, tells you all about base running. There is a whole lot of real science to base stealing that you miss in the excitement of the game. Fullerton can tell you what chance a base runner has of stealing; how long it takes a ball to go from the pitcher's box to the catcher and back to second; how a runner can take a lead of only two feet on one pitcher and with equal safety of ten feet on another.

This letter from a reader was chosen from many thousands of letters about The American Magazine which have been received by the publisher.

These thousands of readers who expressed their appreciation of the magazine in this way are but a small part of the hundreds of thousands who read The American Magazine every month.

Four Other Big Features in The
American Magazine for May are

“The Meaning of Insurgency" - plain words about the Progressive Political Movement, by Ray Stannard Baker.

“Phoebe in Search of Bohemia" another one of those humorous and charming “Phoebe and Ernest" stories by Inez Haynes Gillmore.

“Two Sides of the Line”—how taxes encourage industry and production in Canada, but idleness and speculation in the United States, by Albert J. Nock.

“The Principles of Scientific Management” by its inventor, Frederick W. Taylor. The story of Mr. Taylor's adventures in developing the efficiency of men and machinery.

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The map above will give en object lessor of the time Life is distributed throughout the United States.
In each place the exact moment of the arrival of LIFE cannot always be predicated, owing

to the elasticily of train arrivals, but the map is approximately correct.


COMING ! May 4:- Great Commuter's

Number, the saddest num

ber of LIFE ever issued. May 11.-Joy Rider's. The

joy rider's idea has permeated modern thought. This great number should therefore permeate every house

hold. May 18.–Celestial. Oh,

heavens! That's what it means. It is a thoroughly

uplifting and Good number. Also along about this time

there will be a Coronation Number. Notice later.


What is the exact moment of the hour and day each week that you can buy LIFE on any newsstand ? This is the question we set ourselves to answer some time ago. We are still at it. (See Life each week.) But we hope eventually to find out exactly. The map above and the pictures below will give some idea.




New York,
Palm Beach,


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Wednesday noon.

of steamers, Note: If your own home town is not on this page, hare patience. We will get to it later.

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Hymns of
The Living Church

Edited by Charles Taylor Ives
and R. Huntington Woodman

A rich selection of hymns and tunes, emphasizing the living, vital, “modern-
social” spirit of the Church. Forty pages of prayers, chants, and responses.

Responsive Readings from the American Standard Edition of the Revised
Bible, selected by the Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick.

Hymns of Worship

and Service

Church Edition Sunday-school Edition Chapel Edition
Published, April, 1905
Published, October, 1908

Published, October, 1906
Revised and Enlarged, October, 1909
These books have stood in the front rank of church music compilations ever since
their publication. They contain the best of the old hymns set to familiar tunes,
with new hymns voicing the awakened social sense.

Used and liked in Two Thousand Churches

Returnable samples sent on request

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Delicious, Invigorating MALTED MILK

The Food-Drink for all ages.

Better than Tea or Coffee. Rich milk and malted-grain extract, in powder. A quick lunch. Keep it on your sideboard at home. 19 Avoid Imitations - Ask for HORLICK'S” – Everywhere


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