THE Bells of Yule ring loud and clear Across the threshold of the year; the quiet moon is rising slow Beyond the margin of the snow; the white glint sparkles far and near. how long have those old sounds been dear! Bow long have we from youth to sear Reheard their rippling carol flow,— the Bells of Yule!
OVER since the rapid progress of the physical sciences led a certain school of writers to try to claim for history the honor of being also science, there has been a tendency to represent all the changes and developments which history" records as being the result of general causes operating upon mankind at large or upon large groups of mankind, races and peoples and nations.
"GOOD morning. Dr. Briggs. I have been requested to write a sketch of your career as Book Steward and General Superintendent of this great business, which has grown to such magnificent proportions under your management during the past quarter century, and I have come to crave the favor of a few minutes of your time in securing some data required.”
TO-DAY the young men of Canada see visions where the old men dreamed dreams. Five years ago a far-sighted farmer from Alberta journeyed to Ottawa, to interest the Dominion Government in the sending of Canadian wheat to Japan. “Wheat for Japan!” was the pettish response from the seats of the mighty.
THE question is asked—Who is the good man? The question has been asked often before: in one form or another it is as old as the instinct of morality in the human soul. It was put to the Supreme Teacher of morality. The answer given by Him I make my own.
To allow ourselves to be cheated out of an opportunity is not only unfair to ourselves, but it is unfair to others, for it also cheats them out of the good we might be able to do them if we had taken advantage of the opportunity. Let us hope that there are few men selfish enough to think that a man owes nothing to his fellow men.
HERE and there in out-of-the-way parts of the world you will see what may be taken on casual inspection for long vistas of telegraph poles or standards bearing heavy cables. But soon, to the onlooker’s amazement, regular cars containing men and merchandise are seen skipping along these cables suspended from pulleys, and then it is that the full significance of the “aerial ropeway,” as it is called, dawns upon the spectator.
The art of talking is one of the most valuable equipments a man can have. Nearly all work that is above mere routine and physical labor involves talking and the process of the work often depends on the ability to carry the point in conversation.
NOWHERE has the reformation of the twentieth century more radically transformed the older habits of life and the older methods than in the office of the business man. The business man of to-day may be by instinct and training a good buyer or a good salesman, a good accountant, a good foreman or superintendent, or a good capitalist—that is to say, a skilful borrower and lender.
NOT long ago, in the office of a leading American publishing house, I noticed that the rolltop desks had all been removed, and that the entire force, from stenographer to head of department, sat before desks with flat tops. When I asked about it, they said:
It is a frequent experience of many people to be impressed by a display of talent shown by a person who, on closer acquaintance, disappoints them by the discovery that his supposed brilliant gifts were all revealed at once, and he has nothing more to show them.
MME. DE STAEL says: "The sense of this word enthusiasm among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies ‘God in us.’” It is the spirit that urges men to do and dare, that makes them forget the narrow importance of self, and renders them proof against the taunts and gibes and ridicule of a scoffing world; it leads them on over obstacles and difficulties, past the threatening ghouls of envy and hatred, and points the way to the shining land of brave deeds well done that lies beyond the river of endeavor.
Knowledge and skill are always wise investments. One of the most foolish notions young men sometimes get is that accomplishments for which they have no present need are of no value to them. A young man had a most excellent opportunity to use the typewriter.
A TRAVELER making his way through an impoverished section of Ireland was moved to ask this question of a native: “What do the people round here live on, Pat?” And the answer, containing the germ of much economic truth, came this wise: “Pigs, sor, mainly, and tourists in the summer.”
A BUSINESS man’s stationery tells something and sometimes tells much about him. A country storekeeper often uses cheap paper, emblazoned with a glaring letterhead in two or three colors, telling all the things that he sells; but a big firm that does fifty times as much business is more likely to have only a small letterhead, with a simple line in black type giving only the firm’s name and address.
THE ignorance, the foolishness, of many otherwise prudent, levelheaded men, in respect to matters of health, is pitiable. Some of our greatest judges and legislators, men who make our laws, are mere pygmies in regard to their knowledge of themselves, or else they are constantly and voluntarily violating nature’s laws.
We give Thee thanks, O Father, for the grace That Thou hast given—for the strength to face The world and fight, yea, even to the end: We do not ask Thee, Lord, that Thou shouldst send Upon us all the blessings that we crave— We do not ask Thee, Lord, that Thou shouldst save
At the year’s end one saw before him rise Phantasmal presences. The first outcried, “I am the love that once you defied!” “And I,” the second said, with mocking sighs, “Am that ambition which, in splendid guise, Both day and night was ever by your side
At morn the distant danger signals flying Told of a storm to be; The moon at eve shown through a clearing skying; The storm had blown to sea. And so with many ills that dark the morning; That threaten you and me— At eve, despite the danger signal's warning, The ills have blown to sea.
OF the many religious and philanthropic organizations of to day, none have so many great and reasonable claims on the interest and support of our business men as the Young Women's Christian Association. The direct bearing of its work on the business life of our cities, its wide range and the practical results of its efforts should commend it to all business men who desire improved conditions for the wage-earning women—to which class one in every ten belongs—and more efficient and intelligent service from them.
OF what earthly use is a soldier who drops his musket and takes to his heels at the first onslaught of the enemy? Where would a nation end with an army of such soldiers? Where a business? At present this country stands face to face with a most absurd enemy, who came like a bolt from a clear sky and wholly without cause.
THE following article is one of the most interesting stories that has appeared in any magazine for many a day. It is a sequel to an address to the Canadian Press Association at Ottawa on “Getting on in Journalism,” delivered nearly eleven years ago.
QUARTER-CENTURY milestones are important alike in the lives of men and magazines. With men there are rarely more than three such milestones, and few magazines ever reach the first one. The Argosy is one of these few. The December issue completes the twenty-fifth year of its life of continuous publication.
To be a gentleman should be the ambition of every man and boy in the world. It is a law imposed upon us by society and by the command of our Lord Himself. There is a world of meaning in that one word— gentleman. No higher or more flattering tribute can be paid to a man than to speak of him as a gentleman.
THE business transactions of the army play a part in warfare not less important than that of the field operations which are always followed by the public with eagerness, and the bureau work at Washington calls for ability not less eminent, though of somewhat different character, than that required in the personal leadership of an expedition.
KING EDWARD can boast of quite a goodly number of successes on the turf this year, the most recent of these having been gained with his horse Coxcomb, which won the much prized Welter Handicap at Doncaster from a strong field. The result of this race, which the King witnessed, is known to have pleased his Majesty greatly, and a day or two afterward he sent for his trainer, Richard Marsh, and congratulated him warmly on the satisfactory showing made by the royal stables.
FEW who read Mrs. Humphrey Ward’s interesting books know of her social work in London. In spite of the exactions of her literary labors she has found time to inaugurate and superintend one of the most successful of settlement houses. Her exhaustive study of sociological conditions in the preparation of “Robert Elsmere” convinced her of the necessity of such help for the working classes as can come only through the settlements, where rich and poor are brought together by mutual interests.
THIS country has been passing through a great "money-making" era. The most conspicuous feature of our social life to-day is the vast accumulations of money, such as the world has never before seen. Our ideas of riches have been correspondingly magnified out of all proportions.
SIR OLIVER LODGE is one of the most famous of all modern leaders of scientific thought. What he has achieved in physics has made his name known all over the world. It was he who invented the “coherer,” without which the wireless telegraph would be an impossibility.
THE most important of all factory problems at the present time is to obtain maximum efficiency from help. The elements which contribute to this efficiency are varied and complicated. The underlying principle, however, in obtaining the best work is to have proper working conditions conducive to the best health of the employe, as no one can reach maximum efficiency if he is not in the best physical and mental condition.
"NO, no," I said when the editor came. "I'm too busy, really too busy. I've made twenty speeches this week. I’m an old man, and the tax has been great. I’m tired out. You mustn’t ask me for an article.” But the editor protested. He flattered me.
FROM Boston to Montreal in a coal boat didn't sound very at tractive to me. When the sentence was first pronounced. I had in mind pictures of the Russian conscripts bound for Siberia. Nevertheless the suggestion accompanied an invitation so cordial that I didn’t hesitate to accept.
When you put the latchkey in the door of your home, drop your business or profession; drop all the things which have vexed and worried and nagged you during the day; drop everything disagreeable. Just say to yourself, “I will not allow these shadows in my home.
AMONG the names that have been suggested for the proposed additional membership of the Dominion Railway Commisr sion is that of Mr. Hugh Blain. The Canadian Grocer was his sponsor and the suggestion meets with favor among business men, and particularly those who know him best.
IF there is one thing clearer than another regarding Jesus' method of healing disease, it is that his method was always a mental method. Invariably he recognized disease as a wrong mental condition, and as invariably he disposed of it mentally.
MANY women fall into the error of thinking that in order to succeed in business it is necessary for them to ape the manners, dress and speech of men. This is foolish and always fatal. In itself, it is an acknowledgment of conscious inferiority, There can be no question between the sexes as to which has the greater intellect.
THE atmosphere of England is better for literary work than that of the United States or Canada. About eleven years ago I fell upon a quiet spot some seventeen miles south of London, and there I have made my home. England is certainly a quieter country than this.
FOR the young man beginning business life I should say one of the greatest of his qualifications is thoroughness. It would be well if every young man entering business had the experience that comes to the employe in a bank, where books must balance to a cent and where a missing copper cent is as much an error as a missing $1,000 bill.
Attorney General Bonaparte, President of the National Municipal League, at Providence
WITH the establishment of newspapers the world became much larger for the average man. This immense extension in the area of each man’s attention and sympathy has naturally and powerfully reacted on his character. The power of the press arises from the fact that it speaks, or is believed to speak, what everybody is saying at the time.
WHAT this country needs above everything else is the rest cure. We all want to go to sleep for a good long time and wake up with both eyes open. The country has been suffering from mistrust. While there is an easing in the mercantile credit situation, the people who have money are holding on to it and giving out cheques instead.
I want to show American women what happiness is and how to find it. It takes me an hour and twenty minutes to explain the meaning of happiness. I passed several years in learning it, and it took me five months to write it down. Happiness is attained by managing one’s self; by working hard and developing one’s powers to the limit.
NOTWITHSTANDING the most strenuous efforts on the part of the War Department and the recruiting officers and their parties in all parts of the country, it has been found impossible wholly to make good the losses occurring in the present strength of the army to say nothing of increasing that strength to the limit authorized by law and executive order.
THE peat bog furnishes the latest substitute for wood in the manufacture of paper. Paper making from peat on a commercial scale has already begun in Sweden, where a company, capitalized at more than $1,000,000. has made extensive purchases of peat bogs and prepared plans for the erection of mills for turning out wrapping paper and pasteboard.
THREE years ago, in Indianapolis, a few self-supporting young women banded themselves together for mutual helpfulness. With a spirit of earnestness and enthusiasm they enlisted the cooperation of other women workers and the financial aid of some of the leading business men of the city, and to-day they have a property valued at $12,000, a membership of over eight hundred, and an organization the work of which is attracting attention in other cities as well as in Indianapolis.
THERE has been placed on the market a lifting magnet that is meeting with success. The fundamental principle is that of any ordinary magnet, a steel core and coils of wire to carry the exciting current. Wherever pig iron, metal plates, tubes, rails, beams, scrap or heavy castings of iron or steel are handled, lifting magnets can be advantageously employed.
In this department we draw attention to the topics treated in the current magazines. Readers of The Busy Man’s Magazine can secure from their newsdealers the magazines in which they appear. Where the newsdealers cannot supply the required copies orders will be filled from this office.
A faithful servant girl burst into tears when her mistress informed her that she could no longer afford to keep her. “Then what am I to do, ma’am?” the girl sobbed. “I’ve nowhere else to go, and the young man that’s p-promised to marry me has started walkin’ out with another girl.”
THE ingenuity of the L. E. Waterman Company in devising novelties to attract the popular taste is apparent in the attractive little outfit illustrated herewith. In brief, it is a strongly-constructed cardboard box, 6xI 3-4 inches, covered with bright holly paper, and containing a little sterling silver pencil holder, with ring attachment to fasten to a watch chain.
EUGENE T. HILLS, Salt Lake City, has perfected an invention of a typewriter attachment that is said to possess unusual merits and to be of material assistance to typists in work with typewriters operating under what is termed the “shift key” system.
A SPECIAL committee, consisting of members of the Post Office Department at Washington are investigating the advantages of machines submitted for use by the government in the automatic sale of stamps. About thirty inventors are submitting models.
AN exceedingly handy and useful desk accessory is the stamp and envelope thoistener, the invention of an Alaska man. Its purpose ostensibly is to obviate the nuisance of moistening stamps and envelopes by the lips. The ease with which stamps and envelopes—especially large quantities—can be moistened for fastening will be apparent.
PHILADELPHIA, the home of telephone service appliances, has produced another and important telephone adjunct in the form of a “Register” recording all connections made with outside parties, and one which does not register unless connection is made.
It is curious to note how both the Canadian and United States lists of best sellers contain almost the same books. The first five in the United States’ list appear in the Canadian list. The exceptions are "The Lady of the Decoration,” which does not rank in the Canadian first six, and "The Fruit of the Tree,” which does not rank in the United States first six.
President Creelman, of Guelph, made a happy repartee at the McMaster University Literary Society. The principal of the Farmers’ University had been invited to speak before the students at their annual opening of the literary society.
Self-consciousness is a great hindrance to success of any kind. It is the result of nervousness, timidity, shyness and too much solitude. The remedy is found in coming in contact with individuals who have dignity and control, and by cultivating a little self-respect and self-esteem.