"In many ways the conduct of a great magazine simulates the operations of Nature. It is not made out of hand; it is born and it grows. There is a certain inevitability about it from the outset." — Harper's magazine, 1901. The author is presumably Henry Mills Alden, editor of Harper's for an astonishing 50 years (1869 to 1919). Alden is often referred to as the "dean of American magazine editors."