It may appear to some people that the work of editing a magazine like The Busy Man’s Magazine is easy compared with the editing of an ordinary magazine filled entirely with original matter. They may believe that nothing could be simpler than to gather together from the various periodicals that enter this office, enough bright articles and stories to fill an issue of The Busy Man’s.
THE House of Lords is not only a deliberative and legislative assembly. It is also the supreme Appeal Court of this realm. As such it is the ultimate resort of the suitor who thinks an injustice has been done him by a decision of any of the law courts.
I DO NOT CALL for a man who deals in conditions and cannot offer a remedy. Measured by this standard, I invite your attention to the two potent reasons for bankruptcy; the first, dishonesty; the second, lack of judgment. There is no adequate preventive for bankruptcy caused by dishonesty.
SOME people seem to think it is a sin to look cheerful. They go through life with a long face, and wonder why this is such a miserable world. These never relax beyond a sour grin, and if they see anyone else laughing or smiling in a public place they give him a stony glare, as much as to say, “That fellow must be either tipsy or a lunatic."
THE following week saw Miss Sands, of Virginnia, private secretary to the head of Randolph & Randolph, established in a little office between mine and Bob’s. She had not been there a day before we knew she was a worker. She spent the hours going over reports and analyzing financial statements, showing a sagacity extraordinary in so young a person.
BORN about sixty-eight years ago, Mr. Bryce was the eldest son of James Bryce, LL.D., of Glasgow. Very often is Mr. Bryce accused of being a Scotsman, but, to be accurate, he first saw the light in Ireland, while his mother was an Irishwoman, and the daughter f Mr. James Young, of Abbeyville, County Antrim.
IT IS customary in these days to laugh at Samuel Smiles and his teachings. Mr. Shorter and other critics openly deride him, and maintain that the great secret of getting on is to have good luck. . . . But still I am persuaded that moralists ought to say more than they do about the virtue of thrift and the wisdom of saving.
FREDERICK WEYERHAEUSER The name conveys no meaning to the average reader. Even in his home town few knew him. He never attends public meetings. He shuns society. His home is quiet and not out of the ordinary. Yet Weyerhaeuser, timber king and recluse, is lord of millions of farflung timber lands, with a fortune that overshadows that of John D. Rockefeller, popularly believed to be the richest man in the United States, if not in the whole world.
A BRAIN to organize and the grit to do it. These two qualifications explain a career which in the very focus of American careers is accepted as extraordinary. They have made a member of the President’s Cabinet and the administrative head of a great party out of a nine-hundred-dollar stenographer.
NO American can realize how much more friendly the British are to Americans than the Americans are to the British until he has visited British territory. From the moment I left New York in the steamer for Jamaica I never was allowed to feel myself in any way a "foreigner."
"THOU shalt work!" This is the word that thunders out of the universe. It is no foolish exclamation from the mouth of Enigma. It is the mandate of the power that made the world and “swings Arcturus on the north." And all must obey, from the coral insects that build in the sea up to the seven spirits that burn before the throne.
We are forever going to begin to work in earnest tomorrow, and we are never satisfied with the job we’ve got, and we perform the labor invoved in it in only a half-hearted manner; but we are going to work in dead earnest when we get a job to suit us.
GREAT men are an extremely close corporation, and their commercial value to the country appears at first sight to be so microscopic as to be quite overshadowed by their literary or scientific value, But if the body of ‘great men’ in its widest sense is comparatively small, the subject is inexhaustible; and the more it is considered the more clearly it appears that there is a distant commercial value in that long roll of honored names of which we are apt to say, with the pride of safe mediocrity, “He was too clever to make money.”
AMONG the many interesting scenes of sport and adventure witnessed by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales during their tour in India, perhaps the most entrancing of all was the capture of wild elephants in the Kakankota forests during their sojourn in the state of Mysore.
Nathan Rothschild had several principles of business success. He believed, like Andrew Carnegie, in putting your eggs in a single basket and watching the basket. "I believe in sticking to one business," he once remarked to a friend. "If you have a brewery, stick to it, and you will soon be the greatest brewer in England.
GETTING rid of an unwelcome caller by sheer brusqueness is a method that has had some vogue. But with the growing appreciation of the value of courtesy in business most men now err rather on the side of giving ear to too many, rather than too few, of their callers.
Said a successful business man the other day: "Do you want to know why I increased my business every year and my friend across the way is glad to make ends meet? I'll explain in a nutshell. I’m prompt and he isn’t. I’m down at this desk before my manager comes to consult me.
THE competitive instinct is the strongest of all the instincts of a healthy boy. He wishes to test himself in relation to the other boys of his acquaintance: he must be forever pitting his strength and daring and endurance against theirs. This keenness to strive and to excel is the starting point for all useful masculine development; but it is a stage in development that must be outgrown.
"IT'S a nice morning,” I said, looking over the garden wall. During June, July, August, and part of September Angus Mackenzie and his wife inhabit a small house about a mile below the lock. As he happens to have married Maisie, the second of my wife’s sisters, Mackenzie and I see a good deal of each other in the summer time.
Half the joy of life comes from getting the good out of things as we go along. Some of us are always putting off our enjoyments. After awhile we expect to take a rest, see a friend, or read a book. But after awhile never comes. The good time we are looking forward to lies as far ahead as ever.
THE cattle of the vast Argentine pampas have superstitions and fairy tales of their own. For no reason discoverable to the human mind, they will stampede without a moment’s warning, and woe to the ranchman who is not well horsed! One idea firmly rooted in the Argentine bullock’s mind is that a man on horseback forms a wonderful composite animal which is above his own level in bravery; but let a new-comer venture near a herd on foot, and the animals will immediately approach him with apparent curiosity until they get within 100 yards, when they will rush him, and if he is not near a wire fence or his own trusty steed, he will have no chance of escape.
Neither wealth nor fame, nor prominent position, nor all that the world can bestow have the faintest power to give happiness. And, conversely, neither has the absence of all these the faintest power to withhold it; for that true and abiding and only possible success that insures happiness is the success of character and of spiritual achievement.
FIFTY years spent in very close contact with working folk, to a thinking man must necessarily leave some useful impressions, and one conclusion I have arrived at is, that money and effort expended on the unfortunate unemployed, after the age of forty-five, is useless in any other way than providing something nearly akin to the workhouse, without its degradation.
THE growth of the United States of America, decade by decade, in population, in trade, external and internal, and in accumulated wealth, is a continual marvel; while it compels the acknowledgment that it is destined to be continuously greater in the future.
Wealth bides with poverty. The wilding rose, Or little violet nestling by the stream, ’Tis these that set the gazing eyes a-dream, Not all the beauties of the golden-close. ’Tis not in mighty tempest where it blows, Nor in the sea that shouts to cloud and sail, That music lives, but in the nightingale, The wee, brown bird that sings at dusk its woes!
WHOEVER it was that first remarked "Chicago is like hell with the lid off” has my approval. I am not familiar with the region to which Chicago is likened, but my imagination tells me that Chicago must resemble it. Have you ever heard the story about the Chicago millionaire who dreamed that he died and went to heaven?
THERE is a great deal of ignorance and wrong conception concerning the little republics of Central America. Mexico has been exploited a great deal in recent years, and the location of Panama is now pretty generally known, but the five republics lying between these two countries have been too much overlooked by recent writers.
THE Jews of New York City have recently celebrated the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of their settlement on Manhattan Island. In many ways it was the most triumphant episode in the long and lugubrious history of their race. It marked what is unquestionably Israel’s highest stage of social, political, and industrial development.
Fire Preventive and Protective Measures as a Profitable Investment
PAUL VON SZELISKI, TORONTO
THE San Francisco catastrophe, coming as the climax of a calamitous series of conflagrations, seems to have brought home at last to the public the necessity of dealing at once energetically with the question of fire prevention and protection, a question, the consideration of which will prove a “paying-proposition” not less from a national economic standpoint than from the standpoint of the individual insurer, the merchant and the manufacturer.
AS a people we have ever been sensitive to foreign critics. We have never taken kindly to the idea that we were not the greatest people on the earth. We resented the suggestion that the Federal Constitution was not the most sublime political achievement of history, an achievement only short of the tables of stone handed down from Mount Sinai to the people of Israel.
"FURN” Freeling was a man with a specialty, and had a specialist’s pride in the superiority and selectiveness of the particular line of burglarizing which he had elected to follow. In a way, he looked upon all members of his shady craft who did “general work” as blunderers, lacking the wit, the initiative, and the nice discrimination to see an original and interesting phase of work and to develop it to a high point.
MOST lives are filled with half-finished tasks which were begun with enthusiasm but which have been dropped because the enthusiastic beginners did not have enough grit to carry them to a conclusion. How easy it is to start a thing when the mind is aglow with zeal, before disappointment has dulled ambition!
There is too much rapid transit about our mode of life. We waste our energies instead of husbanding them. We make unwarranted drafts on our physical and mental capitals. We seem dissatisfied with gradual and natural growth. We would make short cuts to success, fame and power.
CANADA’S first Business Show was held during the week beginning December 10th, 1906, in Montreal; and for the first exhibition of its kind created a favorable impression. Business shows have been held in New York and other American cities with wonderful success and there can be no doubt that the idea of bringing business men to an exhibition where they can spend a pleasant hour or two and at the same time become acquainted with the very latest labor-saving office devices is a good one.
The February number is rich in important articles and two serials are now running in its pages. He Knew Lincoln. By Ida M. Tarbell. The Negro. By Ray Stannard Baker. We and Our Servants. By Josephine Daskam Bacon. Finding the Largest Diamond in the World.
A gentleman, who was but a poor sportsman, went out for a day’s shooting. He was returning in the evening without being successful in obtaining any game, when he saw a man, apparently a farmer, leaning over a gate and gazing at some ducks in a pond.
SENATOR Tillman tells a story on himself as to how he was identified by a post-office money order clerk when he first arrived at the Capital City. After being in the city a few days he dropped in at the post-office to cash a money order. “Do you know any one here who could identify you?”
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS—By Samuel E. Sparling, Ph.D. (Toronto: the Macmillan Co., Ltd., $1.25 net.) Shows the advantages of perfect organization in business. The opening chapters are devoted to the classification of business activities; in the remaining ones the principles of organization are discussed.
WHETHER or not the two and two and a half inch tie will supplant the three-inch four-in-hand within the next season provides food for speculation in the trade just now. We believe the Spring will find a tendency toward the smaller widths to wear with the straight fold collar of medium height, but that the larger widths will still be decidedly in the lead.