LIFE is a sequence—the logical, Mafar-seeing mind is a cumulative consequence. Men who are wise at forty were not idle at twenty.” This statement applies to Mr. George Washington Stephens, M.P.P.; new president of the Montreal Harbor Commission; a capable, prominent and influential owner of property, running into millions; director and head of several strong manufacturing and financial corporations, and yet on the sunny side of forty, clear-headed, simple-living, hard working and possessed, as he ever has from childhood, that intoxicating thing — thinking on his feet.
"THE great value of my littie garden to me has been the fine vegetables it has yielded all Summer, and the good time the children have had in the open air, but the glasses of beer and absinthe my husband hasn’t taken,” observed the mother of a French workingman’s rather numerous family to an investigator last Autumn.
IN the American Republic high hopes for humanity, as we all know, are embarked. To its struggles and vicissitudes the eyes of all of us, but especially those of its neighbors and partners on this continent, are turned. It has just been the scene of a notable uprising of the moral force against evil, especially commercial, but also municipal, and o some extent general.
The veracious story of some truly remarkable adventures experienced by a man who, through no fault of his own, was reduced to a height of one inch.
PERRITON MAXWELL IN COSMOPOLITAN
THE doctor meditatively wagged his shock of snowdrift hair and pulled a grave countenance. He was a rosy, rotund cherub of sixty-three, with a laugh that bubbled up straight from his heart. He exuded health, and to his patients he was the living symbol of optimism, the soul of good cheer.
How modern business methods downed old time prejudice and turned a deficit into a dividend.
GEORGE CARLING IN SYSTEM
FULL operating control?” Irritation tinged the president’s echo of the other’s question. To be catechised by a prospective employe—just in time he remembered his urgent need of this man to handle the factory. “To be sure—to be sure, Mr. Worthley,” he promised blandly.
A character sketch of the new High Commissioner of Northern Nigeria.
J. SAXON MILLS
I WAS greatly interested to read that Sir Percy Girouard had been appointed high commissioner of Northern Nigeria, in succession to Sir Frederick Lugard. Of none of my friends in South Africa have I a livelier and more pleasant recollection than of this distinguished officer of engineers.
EVERY social problem, whether it be intemperance, crime, the street child, marriage and divorce, public education, civic improvement, municipal government, even religion, all that makes for or tends to destroy public and private morality and right living, if followed to a logical conclusion, leads straight to the home.
FALSE steps are not pleasant things. Nobody wants to boast about them. None of us who’ve made them like to think of them. All the same, there is no reason why they should be magnified into tragedies. If a young fellow who is journeying toward the goal of success makes a false step the best thing for him to do is to recover the lost ground as soon as he can.
IN 1654 a shipload of Jews flying from Brazil, which had fall into the hands of Portugal, reached New York, then known as New Amsterdam, and the testy Dutch governor, Peter Stuyvesant, wanted to send them away; but he was ordered by the West India Company, in the tolerant spirit of Holland, to permit the Jews to live and trade in the country “so long as they cared for their poor.
A WEEK ago the news was cabled from London that Lloyd’s had written a policy against Harry K. Thaw’s conviction for the murder of Stanford White, agreeing to pay a total loss, if the prisoner is executed, for the consideration of 30 guineas per cent.
CHARLES ARTHUR MOORE, JR., IN THE RIDER AND DRIVER
I LEFT America very much prejudiced against the Arabian horse, and while in the desert tried in every way I could to disprove the boasts of the Arabs about the endurance, courage and serviceableness of their horses. I was finally won over entirely to allegiance to the Arab horse as a horse perfectly adapted to the needs of the Arabs.
WHAT bids fair to prove one of the most momentous inventions in the history of naval development has had its origin in Los Angeles. It is an invention that will revolutionize the construction of breakwaters, piers, railroad terminal harbors, lighthouses and lightships, floating forts, and practically every other kind of stationary marine structure for deep waters.
ON April 30, 1906, Jacob Flyter was directing the work of four Italian laborers at the end of a tunnel 51 feet below the surface of the Milwaukee River, at Milwaukee. The five men were working in a compressed air chamber, beyond a steel bulkhead, driving the tunnel through the hardpan beneath the river bottom.
COBALT is from the German Kobold, a goblin of the mines, an evil spirit who in reality spread his malign influence by the insidious agency of the arsenical dust which crept into the lungs of the mine-workers, who broke the ores which were impregnated with arsenic.
THE discovery of the commercial value of flowers is one of the most remarkable developments of our times. Even the advanced gardeners of a century ago had not the faintest idea that one day huge industries would spring into being, having for their sole object the culture and marketing of blossoms.
WE can lift ourselves off the earth without the aid of a balloon; we can sail like a bird from hilltop to valley; we can propel ourselves through the air with a motor-driven aeroplane at the rate, for a short distance at least, of an express train.
The Bering Sea fur-seals have been the subject of many international disputes. In 1892 these disputes were finally settled by arbitration at Paris. So great has been the slaughter during recent years on the seals that these animals are now nearing extermination and a call is made for the revision of the regulations of the Paris Tribunal.
P. T. MCGRATH IN THE TECHNICAL WORLD
THE long fight over the famous Behring Sea seal fishery is again about to be re-opened diplomatically, and this fact once more directs popular attention to an industry which has been the subject of more literary productions—in prose and poetry, fact and fiction— than any other marine pursuit known to mal in modern times.
I WROTE the other day to a Government Department in Whitehall, asking where certain information might be obtained. Three days later came a printed notice acknowledging the receipt of my letter, and informing me that it would “receive consideration.”
AGREAT corps of street cleaners is hard at work in New York City, gathering up every bit of rubbish and making the streets as spick and span as a ship’s deck. These workers are a municipal staff, and they are employed by the city not only for hygienic purposes but chiefly for economic reasons.
COMMANDER ROBERT E. PEARY, U.S.N., IN HARPER'S MONTHLY
ON the 16th of July, 1905, the steamer Roosevelt, owned by the Peary Arctic Club, left. New York harbor for her northern voyage. This ship, built by the club (the contract signed and guaranteed by Mr. Jesup, president of the club, a year previously, before the subscriptions to the club were sufficient to pay for her), is the first American ship built for Arctic exploration.
DURING the campaign of 1904 a distinguished lawyer of his own State advocated Judge Parker’s election because the speaker wanted, and thought the people likewise wanted, a president who wouldn’t “do things.” Doubtless he knew his own wishes, but the result showed him woefully amiss as to those of the people.
IN John Bunyan's famous allegory the Interpreter led Pilgrim into a room where he saw water pouring on a fire, and yet the fire was not put out. Then the Interpreter led him to the other side where someone was pouring oil that continually fed the flames; and then he understood.
WILLIAM LEE HOWARD, M.D., IN SATURDAY EVENING POST
CAN you see me to-morrow morning for consultation? If so, will take the night train.” This was a telegram I received from a business man living in a city two hundred miles from my office. He sent the telegram Saturday so that he could travel at night, see me Sunday and return the same night.
HE was twenty-two years of age, with a face as smooth as a baby’s and a mind drilled from infancy in the principles and duties of a high religious life. He dropped into Goldfield for recreation after a hard year in college, and when he arrived he didn’t have as much courage as an ore-wagon mule.
ISN’T it Theophile Gautier who says that the only differences between country and country lie in the slang and the uniform of the police? This dictum would scarcely hold regarding Edmonton in the Canadian Northland, the world’s greatest fur-mart.
A hunting expedition which resulted in the capture of the coveted game in rather a novel way.
HENRY VAN DYKE IN SCRIBNER'S MAGAZINE
THE railway station of Bathurst, New Brunswick, is not a particularly merry resort at two o’clock of a late September morning, especially when there is an easterly haar driving in from the Baie des Chaleurs, and the darkness is so saturated with chilly moisture that an honest downpour of rain would be a relief.
BRITAIN may be mistress of the waves, but they make tremendous toll of her territory every year. For hundreds of miles along the English coasts are buried once prosperous towns and villages, and forests wherein once roamed red deer. The line of anchorage for ships off Selsey, in Sussex, is still called "the Park” by mariners ignorant of the term’s origin.
THE Japanese student after first reading a volume of Shakespeare exclaimed at finding another giving vent to ideas similar to his own. Anyone attempting to touch upon any phase of the subject of Christian Science and its influence on the world to-day will find himself treading upon ground where many others have walked before; for the question is of vital and compelling interest, as we daily come in contact with its adherents and are forced to doff the hat of respect before the sweeping demonstrations of good over evil; of right, clean living over a false sense of pleasure in sin and its attendant miseries.
In this department we draw attention to the most important topics treated in the current magazines. Readers of The Busy Man’s Magazine can secure from their newsdealers the magazines in which they appear.
ORTHODOX SOCIALISM. By James E. Le Rossignol. (New York: Thomas T. Crowell & Co.; post paid, $1) This work defines the creed of socialism and traces its historic rise. It discusses the labor-cost theory of value; the use of machinery and its effects upon skilled labor; strikes, industrial crises, and the struggles of mass with class.
“Some time ago,” said the traveling man from Little Rock, “I was horsebacking through the woods in that frontier portion of our state in which the hogs still run wild, with an occasional homoeopathic dose of corn to keep them reminded that there are ties that bind them to mankind.
Nevada’s latest sensation is Gold Mountain, midway between Goldfield and Bullfrog. The Wyman-Vick mine has ore running $125.00 a ton in gold and $113.00 in silver, with some strikes worth many times these figures. The shaft of the Grape Vine Mining Company a mile northeast of WymanVick, at a depth of 50 feet assays $187.00 per ton and at 100 feet $234.00 per ton.