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suffice to say that it keeps up its character as

one of the best things

of the kind that is published. We may give a special word of praise to its most convenient shape. The annual volume of a magazine is often somewhat cumbrous and heavy, and does not fulfil that most important condition of readability, that one can hold it in one's hand as one sits over the fire. St. Nicholas has been judiciously divided

into two parts.