IN the recent distribution of Royal birthday honors, Mr. Robert Gillespie Reid, of Montreal and Newfoundland, was elevated to the dignity of Knighthood. This distinction was conferred upon him in recognition of his splendid achievements both here and in the Dominion and in the sister colony, where he is a sort of colonial colossus, a railway and steamship magnate who stands unequalled and whose other varied and progressive enterprises— in mining, lumbering, and the operation of dry docks, street-cars, electric lighting and similar industrial ventures, make him a unique figure in the front rank .of the captains of industry whose far-seeing and allembracing projects are revolutionizing the world in these latter days.
IT was well-nigh incredible. That morning’s rumor semed not half so likely to be true as other rumors circulated in the school-yard at recess—rumors to the effect that the principal employed barbed-wire instead of a ruler in the discipling of naughty boys, or that Miss Hicks, the instructress of the highest grammar grade, had taught for a hundred years.
IT is a mooted question whether love is a cause or an effect, whether Adam discovered a heart in the recesses of his anatomy before or after the appearance of Eve. In the case of Joe Ridder it was distinctly the former. At nineteen his knowledge of the tender passion consisted of dynamic impressions received across the footlights at an angle of forty-five degrees.
THE social problem of the unemployed is perceived by Mr. John Burns, as well as by many others not of cabinet rank, and outside the labor group, to include a wider area and to be charged with deeper issues than may be sometimes associated with the familiar phrase.
A TRANSFORMATION is in progress in the world’s most populous empire—a transformation which all thinkers agree in describing as momentous. Powerful Viceroys like Chang Chih-tung and Yuan Chi-kai are sowing their provinces with schools of Western learning; and the sixteen other provinces are doing the same.
NOW this tale is about me cousin Jimmy, an’ happened many years ago. Jimmy was no sich a little runt iv a man as Oi am, though to tell yez the simple truth, there was a toime whin it took a mighty good back to git me off me feet, fer all iv us Hogans fer hundreds an’ hundreds iv years hev been master hands at wrestlin’.
THERE are many cut-and-dried, hard-and-fast (or hard-and-slow) “Systems” of diet, baths, physical culture, and mental culture. Some of these “Systems” suit certain people well, and elicit glowing yet genuine testimonials from these people.
PERSONALITY in business! Those three words spell, to my mind, the most powerful factor in business to-day. Financial resource, of course, is necessary in the business field; foresight and the ability to grasp opportunities as they arise achieve much.
HE was not precisely a pretty boy; indeed, it would have been almost flattering to call him plain. For his face was thin, and thickly sprinkled with freckles; and his ears stood out from his head a trifle too prominently, and his hair—what you could see of it under the tattered rim of the coarse straw hat—was of that insistent red that at first sight shocks the beholder.
THERE is something heroically simple in the startling proposal put forward in a pamphlet by Mr. Willett, of London. He proposes, as you may have read, that we be no longer slaves of the clock, no longer lie a-bed during the sunny hours of the day, no longer do our work and take our pleasure by artificial light—when we can get the free light from heaven by altering the clock.
THE woman wage-earner is today the nation’s most serious sociological problem, its most insidious menace. Legislation may restrict immigration, curb trusts, eliminate child labor, enact uniform divorce laws and subdue the “Yellow Peril,” but it cannot stem the constantly swelling tide of intelligent women who are fleeing the home life to seek careers in the various fields of money-making.
ENGLAND lacks a leader. Englishmen of both parties will tell you, in moments of confidence, that their titular leaders do not lead and are not capable of leading in existing conditions. “Both parties,” I say, because, although there are three, five, seven, a dozen parties, more or less, as we have them in the United States, the ten are subordinate to the two.
MODERN science, in the service of modern industry, has set itself the task of developing the “natural resources” of the earth. Some of these resources, like coal or stone, are comparatively simple and harmless. Others, like lead and phosphorus and arsenic, are fraught with great danger to the men who handle them; but all are needed by modern industry.
Dr. Grenfell’s address to the Canadian Club, Toronto
I HAVEN’T any doubt that perhaps many of you feel like saying: “Why on earth do people live, or care to live in Labrador?” I shall not attempt to argue that point. Very probably the Californian during winter might take somewhat similar grounds.
ALTHOUGH the infamous trade of wrecking has almost, if not quite, disappeared from the wild Cornish coast, where in the early part of last century it used to flourish, it is by no means an extinct one. Quite recent, indeed, a wine-ship from Oporto to the Thames was lured to destruction upon the coast of Finistere by the untamed and almost uncivilized fishermen of that wild district.
THE scene was Euston Station, and the time two hours past noon. Mr. Spennings entered a first-class smoking compartment of the express, and proceeded to make himself comfortable. Mr. Spennings was employed in the advertisement department of a firm that owned a wellknown patent medicine, recently discovered; and the object of his journey was to visit Derringham and to extend the connection of his firm in that hitherto neglected neighborhood.
MOST of the men in Millerstown left their work and started home for dinner when they were hungry, and many of them scolded if dinner were not ready. Adam Troxell did neither, but worked steadily away in field or garden till he was summoned. Often his longing eyes gazed back over the fields to the door of the farmhouse kitchen, although he knew that the sound of his mother’s horn could reach him in any part of the farm.
TO make a machine last long and not wear out prematurely it is essential to keep it in running order. So, with the human body, the first step toward keeping old age away is to keep the human organism running smoothly. Of course this means to avoid all diseases.
I HAVE BEEN asked to tell the value of a college training on the young men that in my business career have come under my notice. An observer of modern commercial and industrial systems cannot but note the exacting methods now in vogue. He cannot but observe that in all great commercial and industrial enterprises costs and profits are now figured out in percentages running to the fourth figure.
LITTLE hotels often feature their clerks. Small tailors proudly put forth their cutters. But the big business is built by many earnest men working together for a common end and aim. It is planned by one man, but is carried forward by many. A steamship is manned by a crew, and no one particular sailor is necessary.
CANADA’S Board of Railway Commissioners is a notable example of a comprehensive effort to control transportation corporations. Under what is known as “The Railway Act of 1903,” the Board enjoys power and jurisdiction. This act is a complete revision of the existing railroad laws of the Dominion.
"WEARY WILLIE” has drawn the concentrated fire of the largest railroads in America and of the Vagrancy Committees organized for his extinction, or worse yet, for the purpose of putting him to work. From a joke he has acquired the unsought dignity of a problem.
ROBERT HENDERSON, discoverer of the Klondike, was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, about fifty years ago. At the age of fourteen he ran away to sea, sailed around the world, and mined in Australia, California and Colorado. In July, 1894, he arrived at Ogilvie Post, at the mouth of Sixty-mile River, Yukon.
CANADA still weeps for her big, beloved, adopted son, as genial man, devoted doctor, and gifted poet; he who loved her forests, lakes, and streams, who draped the asperities side of the “habitant’s” life with the glistening tissue of his own imaginings and his understanding love, until, for the outside world, the “habitant” only begins to exist in William Henry Drummond’s poesy.
MUCH alarm is expressed in certain quarters lest the many distractions of occupation, culture and recreation that now beckon women and the younger members of the household shall have the effect of weakening family ties and bringing about a sort of social chaos most unpleasantly individualistic.
SLEEP, after thirty centuries of study and thirty thousand of experience, is still a mystery. We know all about it, but nothing of it. The results of our most laborious researches, our most painstaking studies, are mainly negative. One great positive fact, however, emerges from the negations of all theories; sleep is not a negative process but a positive one, not a mere cessation of activity, but a substitution of constructive bodily activity for destructive.
HAVING lived along the Pacific Coast from Vancouver Island to Los Angeles for nearly seven years, I have had time enough to observe the situation without remaining in any one place long enough to absorb local prejudices. Being neither a daylaborer nor an employer of labor, my point of view has not been obscured by personal interest.
PRIMITIVE Christianity has been sadly and woefully departed from, since the times of the third century churches. The sick have not been taken care of and healed, as they should have been. Because of this, fraternal organizations and numerous secular charities have been formed, to offset the lack of the church and to meet the needs of humanity.
The complex and highly-interdependent conditions under which modern trade and industry are carried on, have brought about a situation in every industrial community that the well-being and progress of the whole is in no small degree dependent on the continued and uninterrupted operation of certain underlying factors of production.
There are four things I want the Church people of Canada to do. In the first place, to be cheerful, to show that cheerfulness in your every day lives. Religion does not mean you must have dull, sour faces, far from it, it makes every one happy.
Our farms produce more than $6,500,000,000 per annum, and the prospect is good for an average crop. Our mines yield more than $1,500,000,000, and our forests more than $1,000,000,000, and none of these sources of wealth have been exhausted.
The enactment of any anti-Japanese immigration law in Canada would give immediate rise to an international question between Britain, Canada and Japan, for the reason that, by the treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation made last year between Japan and Canada, this country is bound, under Article 2, to give to the Japanese the same entire freedom of entry, residence and business occupation as the Dominion extends to any of the European nations, to say nothing of our position as an ally of Great Britain, to which bond Canada is herself a party.
I came from Morayshire, Scotland, to Canada, seventy years ago, when I was a mere clip of a boy, ten years old. I went into the employ of the Great Hudson Bay Company. Canada was one tremendous wilderness, but even then she had great possibilities, which I soon learned, and have since seen developed.
There are a lot of persons who consider the possession of money means that a man is successful. It does to a measure. It is the gauge by which to some extent we may measure the success of a man, but it is not success. Take me, for example. I have some money.
The Canadian National Exhibition recently held at Toronto reached the high water mark of its history, both in attendance and in the quality and variety of exhibits. Exhibitions have been held in Toronto each year since 1877, and it is interesting to note the improvement of each over those of previous years.
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. :: :: :: ARMY AND NAVY. Old-Time Naval Officials.
THOREAU’S WORKS. Bijou Edition (Five volumes). New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Per set, $2.50. Admirers of the eccentric, yet lovable, naturalist, Henry D. Thoreau, will appreciate this dainty edition of his more famous writings. The set includes “Cape Cod,” “Excursions,” “Maine Woods,” “Walden” and “Week on the Concord.”
At the close of a wedding-breakfast a gentleman noted for his blunders rose to his feet, causing keen anxiety to all who knew him. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he cried, genially, “I drink to the health of the bridegroom! May he see many days like this !”