IN the department devoted to contents of current magazines we have in addition to listing the contents, drawn attention to the most important feature appearing in each of these magazines We have always endeavored as far as space would allow, to give the contents of every publication in the magazine field.
TAKE a Mexican Central train at El Paso, Texas, travel south into the land of Manana for ten hours, and if your train is following schedule time you will be traveling for the entire period through the ranch of one man. This king among ranch owners is General Luis Terrazas, former Governor of the State of Chihuahua, and estimated to be the wealthiest citizen of the southern republic.
Concerning certain original methods of winning a wager.
HOWARD DWIGHT SMILEY IN THE ARGOSY
ONE day last summer a lot of us fellows were sitting out in front of Joe Beam’s tavern talking over the possibilities of this, that, and the other thing when there came a crash from the barroom that sounded like a whole shelf full of bottles had broken down.
THERE is no worker in the world no matter what his lot, who cannot fit himself to occupy a better place, and in many cases cannot fail to win that better place, if he will only read. The men that have succeeded are the men who have read. The men who have failed are the men who have acted as if they thought their experience in the world was to be unique and that they did not need their feet to be lighted by lamps that had burned for others.
THE circumstances which led to Franklin Keene’s being on that particular train were peculiar enough in themselves to warrant a word of explanation. He lived in San Francisco, and had intended to spend Christmas there, but the business which has brought him across the continent had been unexpectedly complicated, detaining him in New York.
LET me first put my thesis into the form of a personal experience—a day’s tramp in southern Italy to see the peasantry at work in the poorer farming districts. In Naples I was encouraged to. do this by an Italian who had come back after seven years of succesful fruit-vending in Boston.
THE pioneer of systematic oyster cultivation in Europe was one Sergius Orata, who, according to Pliny, established oyster beds at Baiae, the great Roman seaside resort, about the year B.C. 95, and, incidentally, made a fortune out of his brilliant idea.
NEARLY all city stores and practically all city offices close not later than 6 o’clock. Many of them cease to do business as early as 5 o’clock. But considerably more than nine-tenths of our employes, whether working in a store, a factory, or an office, or serving on railroads, in the city or in the country, have either all or a part of their evenings or some off time during the week.
THE first point that I would impress upon the ambitious beginner in business life is that of the absolute necessity for indomitable energy and perseverance in the pursuit of success. No man who wishes to realize lofty ambitions in commerce can afford to serve two masters ; he must have an eye solely to his business or he is doomed to failure from the outset.
LEONARD KEENE HIRSHBERG, M.D., IN THE AMERICAN MAGAZINE
NEW cancer cures are flung before us just about as often as new murder mysteries. Every time a German savant discovers another ray in the spectrum, some other savant is delivered of the idea that it will consume and annihilate cancers. Every time a new element or a new bacillus or a new ferment swims into our ken, someone hails it as the long sought specific.
HE listened for a moment, then answered, "Stand on it at 80 for 12,000 shares. I will be there in a second." He dropped the receiver. "Jim, we have struck a snag. Arthur Perkins, whom I left on guard at the pole, says Barry Conant has just jumped in and supplied all the bids.
IF business men were to throw off self-control in their offices and places of business as many of them do in their homes, and say the same mean, contemptible, unguarder things to their customers that they say to the members of their own families, their business would soon go to pieces.
A FEW years ago I was on my way to Egypt, sailing from Marseilles by the "Messagesies" steamer, When I happened to share a cabin with a French gentleman who was being sent out by his Government on a tour of inspection of British colonies.
IT wasn't on a whistling or singing trip that Sandy Smith, packer, found the woman; but rather at one of those times when terror and fear, in so far as he knew these emotions, sat heavily upon him. Geronimo was out again and that explained it.
THE Hudson Bay Company was first formed in 1667, at the instance of two intrepid fur traders; Frenchmen, who had come to Canada, and realized the value of the fur business, then returned to France to interest the “Most Christian King,” Louis XIV, and who, meeting with a cold reception in Paris, were induced to come to London and there lay their plans before the most enterprising spirits who were to be found in the court of the Merry Monarch.
MR. PEASLEY is a secretive student of the guide-book. He reads up beforehand and on the quiet. Then, when we come face to face with some “sight,” and are wondering about this or that, Mr. Peasley opens the floodgate of his newly acquired knowledge and deluges the whole party.
I WANT to give the young man contemplating a public career a few words of advice, based upon my own experience of nearly five years of public office : Make up your mind to be honest and fair, both in business and in politics. Work nine-tenths of the time, and when occasion requires work the other tenth.
THE new Australian commonwealth is deep in the toils of tariff legislation, labor party dominance, government ownership, and what-not, and the man of the hour, who seems to have grasped the bull by the horns, is the Right Honorable George Houstoun Reid, P. C. Here is the record of his climb up the ladder : Treasury clerk, state premier of New South Wales, king’s counsel, privy councillor, first premier of the Australian commonwealth —knocked out by Deakin and his Labor party—then leader of the opposition and the “Free Trade:’ party, now looking up again, as his dominance grows, and by all the indications of the recent election destined to occupy the top of the legislative tower once more.
TO discover the world’s greatest animal emporium you have to go to Hamburg. Strictly speaking, it is not in Hamburg itself, but just outside the city at a little place called Stellingen. It is presided over by Mr. Carl Hagenbeek, who has earned the title of “The King of Animal Importers,” while in the erection of zoological gardens and the housing of tropical and delicate animals he is acknowledged as an authority.
G. M. L. BROWN AND F. ADAMS IN AMERICAN REVIEW OF REVIEWS
IT is but a few years since the most deplorable apathy was manifest in this country toward South American trade, and, indeed, toward everything relating to our South American neighbors, even to the maintenance of regular means of communication with them.
THERE IS a legend that a young lady accompanying her brother through that famous Stock Exchange thoroughfare, Throgmorten street, gazed with amused curiosity at the shouting, gesticulating perspiring crowd of brokers, jobbers clerks, and speculators, and exclaimed: “But what are all those funny people doing there?" “Trying to ‘do’ one another,” responded her cynical cicerone.
THE fame of Cap’en Jollyfax’s gun spread wide over Thames mouth and the costs there-about, in the years before and after the middle nineteenth century. The gun was no such important thing to look at, being a little brass cannon short of a yard long, standing in a neat little circle of crushed cockleshell, with a border of nicely matched flints, by the side of Cap’en Jollyfax’s white flagstaff, before Cap’en Jollyfax's blue front door, on the green ridge that backed the marshes and overlooked the sea.
THE people who buy bonds may be roughly divided into two great classes. The first of these classes consists of those who buy bonds purely as an investment with no idea of selling again at any time. The second embraces that large semi-business public which buys bonds with an eye to steady income, but with the added idea that the bonds may be sold again at any time the buyer pleases.
THE best advice that can be given to a young man at the outset of his business career is “Cultivate the habit of silence if you would win success." This dictum may be regarded as a species of talisman in commercial matters, for silence, even to taciturnity, is one of the most valuable business habits a young man can possess, and it should be sedulously cultivated.
THE legal proceedings instituted by the Attorney-General of Minnesota to restrain the Great Northern Railroad Company from issuing new stock aggregating over $60,000,000, in addition to the $150,000,000, the amount of its present issue, presents a question not only as to the power of the State of Minnesota to deal with the matter, but the broader question as to the power of the Federal Government to institute similar proceedings.
The man who wins is the man who works— The man who toils while the next man shirks ; The man who stands in his deep distress With his head held high in the deadly press— Yes, he is the man who wins. The man who wins is the man who knows The value of pain and the worth of woes— Who a lesson learns from the man who fails And a moral finds in his mournful wails : Yes, he is the man who wins.
NO one familiar with mining operations needs to be told that in the “dumps” of many mines in the silver and gold belts of the west there lie vast treasures, at one time abandoned as worthless. Throughout Colorado, Mexico, Utah and other states there are many “abandoned” and “worked out” mines, the dumps of which contain millions of dollars worth of valuable ore.
There is nothing more depressing than dwelling upon lost opportunities or a misspent life. Whatever your past has been, forget it. If it throws a shadow upon the present, or causes melancholy or despondency, there is nothing in it which helps you, there is not a single reason why you should retain it in your memory and there are a thousand reasons why you should bury it so deeply that it can never be resurrected.
THE prosperity of the jest lies chiefly in the ear of him who hears, as does beauty in the eye of him who sees. Beyond that it lies in the personality of the narrator. To analyze further is not of much avail. A request to define beauty once elicited the apt answer : “That is the question of a blind man.”
The Blankshire Champion. By Arthur A. Knipe. Visions of an Optimist. By M. S. Briscoe. Her Son. By Horace Annesey Vachell. The Irresistible Force. By Jacques Futrelle. Theophilus the Diplomat. By Joseph C. Lincoln. Character and Consequences.
FINANCING AN ENTERPRISE. By Francis Cooper. (New York. The Ronald Press Co. 2 vols., $2 each.) Describes the requisites of successful financing; tells how to investigate an enterprise and ascertain its possibilities of financing, how to hold and protect it until under way and how to determine its proper capitalization.
THE ready-to-wear clothing business has, generally speaking, been exceptionally good this Winter, and Spring trade promises to reach the same standard. During the past year a considerable improvement has been made in the quality of the goods turned out, and the results have been splendid.