LIterary Notlces. It gives us pleasure to welcome to our table "The Continent," an illustrated weekly magazine, published in Philadelplila and having the talented Judge A. W. Tourgee for editor. With about the same class of reading matter as Harper's and the Century it has the advantage of them to some extent In tliat it appears weekly. It is $1.00 a year, and 10 cents a copy. Whom Kathie Married. By Amanda M. Douglas, pp 351, price $1.50. Lee & Shepard, Boston. Miss Douglas has been quite a prolific writer and the book with the above title is the latest of a series of stories written by her. She began with Kathie stories for young people and ends by the one great romance of all heroines. It opens with notes of the travel in Europe where the pricipal characters are separated to meet again however, with the usual result. The story is written in good narrative style and " Whora Kathie Married" will be read by many. narper s Magazine lor September is an attractive number, varied in its contents, and richly illustrated. One of the most tiinely of its artieles s that on "Recent Building in New York " illustrated by eighteen charateristic pictures. Frank D. Millett contributes the first of two articles on Dalecarlia, Sweden, full of quaint description. Mrs. Lucy Little writes, in her most charming style, of the Catskills. Under the title of "Hauntsof 'the Swamp Fox,' " P. D. Hay gives some very novel and interesting information ooncernlng Francia Marión. Paul Potter, the old Dutch master, is the subject of a brief paper by E. Mason, with three illustrations, including a picture of the famous buil. Rose Hawthorne Lathrop contributes the first of two parts of a strong story, entitled " Prisoners ! " illustrated by Abbey. The frontispiece is an engraving by R.Hoskin f rom one of the drawings byDorefor Poe's "Raven." The flfUi part of "A Castle in Spain " isgiven.with five illustrations by Abbey. General J. F. B. Marshall tells the story of his part in keeping the English out of Hawaü In 1843. Ex-Mayor Grace contiibutes a timely and important article on " Municipal Government in the State of New York." The Rev. John B. Thompson traces, in a very interesting paper, the origin of the Rip Van Winkle legend. Mrs. Rebecca Harding Davis contribuios an admirable short story, entitled "A Silhouette." The Editorial departments are full of timely and interesting matter. The Editor's Drawer, conducted by Mr. Chas. Dudley Warner, is especially entcrtaining. The Popiilar Science Monthly for September begins with a clear exposition of " The Germ-Theory of Disease," by Dr. Gradle. Dr. Eelix L. Oswakl continúes his pungent prescripitons and recommendations of " The Remedies of Nature " with a paper on "Asthma,' and its treatment. In "Fire-proof Building Construcflon" Mr. William E. Wan] describes and recommeuds a system of building in and béton without wood. " Insanity," by one who bas been insane, is a picture, from the inside, of a disease whose moving springs and workings can be only most obscurely perceived from the outside, and offers suggestions, derived froui the author's own experience, as to points in which the treatment of the insane and the manageof asylums should be improved. Mr. E. r. iMerrick presenta a different view of "Our Marriage and Divorce Laws " from ihat which was given by Mr. Stewart In the June nunibcr of the Monthly, eppecially In the Soulhern States. In " How the Earth was Peoplcd," by the Marquis dB Saporra, the eminent French botanist nul paleoiit)logist,(isciisses tlieorigin and antiqjity of man. In "Insects and Diaease " Prof. A. F. A. King charges mosquitoes with being the most active and efficiënt Agente in thedlssemination of malarial poison. Seveial other articles are of practical or special interest. The editor vigorously sustains Mr. Adama In his attack ou'-Tlie Dead-Langaage Superstition." The late Blr Wm. Logan, of tlie Canadian Geological Survey, is the subject of a blographlcal sketch, which is acconipanied by the usual portrait. History of the Pacific Srates of North America. By Hubert Howe Bancrolt. Vol. II., Central America, 1530-1800 "06 pp. Voliiiiii II of Ui Is series contains tlie liistory of the wars of Central America alouffaiile of the conquest of Mexico, treat ed in volumes IV and V. In issuing the different volu . es of this comprehensive work, a chronological course is pursued in preference to strict numérica) order. However they are so numbered that vvhen completed, the volumes of Central Anier ica, Mexico, California, etc., will stand together eacb as a complete hislory and separate set. 'L'his, the last bonk publlshed, opens with a Striking pen portrait of the conqneror, PtzuiTO, which, to glve an idea ol Mr. Bancroft's vigorous style, we quote "In a society like Ihat of Panama, where politics were so unjust and morality so diabolical, we could expect nothingelse thau that the worst men should prove tht most BuccegsfUl. ámong those who canie eailyto Darien, aud whom we have freqnently encountered in the wars upon the natives, was one who now enters the arena as the conqueror of Peru. lijs origin was of the lowest. Born in bastardy, he was taken by a swine-herd to be suckled by a sow. Escuping this master he fled to Seville and lived no one knows how,untt] he took ship to Santo Domingo, no one knows when. Thence forward to the day of his assassination, his merciless courage found congenial occupation; neilher his ignorance nor hls beastly instiucts nor his infamous cruelly and treachery standing In the way of fame and fortune." From this on is the story of the resul ts of "that marvelloiis deteimination aud readiness ot resource which carried tbroagb one of the most remarkable undertakinga of any age." Afier that are the exploits in Peru and Honduras of Alvarado, he who vas second only to Cortes as a coinmander. Eveiywhere in the recital of this hittory the interest is held by grapic descriptions, but t is fairly fascinating when one reads of the Buccaneers and buccaneering raids. Their wild lavlesness,and greed for gold.tlieir abominable treachery, tlieir final overthrow and anniliiliition make so romantic a story as scarcely to be credible. The greater poition of the latter part of this numbor has its record of events thickly interwoved with the subtle policy of the early Jesuit priests. In all parts we find them urging on the Spanish soldiary with fi ry zeal By them the miserable native inca or indian, whether accepting or rejecting the cross, was giyen to the sword. Jvery thing bovved to greed and lust. As we said above the tale seems most unreal, but truth is stranger than fiction and with his great literary resources Mr. Bancroft has been able thoroughly to sift it and obtain the genuine facts.