REMARKABLE is the record of Lord Strathcona when viewed from any standpoint, private, patriotic, commercial, national or imperial. It is probable that Canada will not develop again such conditions that will result in giving to the world a Scotch-Canadian of his type, one who has been aptly styled “the most eminent personage that the Dominion can boast of during the past century.”
PAGANISM is not dead. Even in the light of the twentieth century it still flourishes. But its days are numbered, for as Browning declares: “Progress is the law of life.” It is a far cry to the sixteenth century when in the northern part of this continent Paganism found its sway in the hearts of the Indians, whose devotion to the Great Spirit was not less ardent than their love of strife and conquest which characterized that sanguinary age.
Some men have that within them which always spurs them on; while some need artificial initiative, outside encouragement. Some men extend themselves under stern discipline; some respond only to a gentle rein. Some men need driving; some coaxing.
STRONG men make commonplace events important. Some years ago there was a more or less heated controversy in the Montreal Harbor Commission and the President of the Board, Senator Robert Mackay, made a number of notable utterances. For instance, he described duty as that which sternly impels in the direction of profit, along the line of desire.
"WATER will cost you a dollar a drop, here, Mr. Morton.” The millionaire looked up at the young man with weary eyes, then smiled faintly. “A good joke, Doctor,” he said. “Blamed, if it isn't,” he added after a moment’s pause. The young doctor’s face hardened.
SHE played and sang for him, but he was so absorbed in his own thoughts that he was guilty of the unpardonable sin of forgetting to turn the music for her. Then she took him by the hand, led him to an armchair, pushed him into it, drew up another chair, and seated herself directly in front of him.
THE test of what is most valuable to a man is to find what he treasures, economizes and protects most. Applying this test, it is the great executive’s time that is his most valuable possession. Not money, for that he can gather or borrow. Not men, for those he can hire and train.
BILL MASTERSON, he bought the Wasp, anyhow, so it’s his loss, not mine. We all told him not to, but Bill was adamant. Know what adamant is? Of course! Ever see any? Why— er—no. Neither did I; neither did anybody; but we all know about it just the same.
IF you shoot at a rabbit and miss it, just wait where you are and it will swing around and give you another shot. So with folks. The ordinary man is fairly certain to bring up again at the place from which he made his start, especially if he gets a cold deal out in the world which he goes out to conquer.
THE Reichsbank is not a Government institution; on the contrary, it is a stock company, whose shares can be traded on the stock exchange, like those of any other corporation, but it holds an exceptional and privileged position, in so far as it is exempt from German commercial law, being subject solely to the banking law of March 14, 1875, by which it was created.
There is no failure. Life itself’s a song Of victory o’er death, and ages long Have told the story old of triumphs wrought Unending, from the things once held for naught. The battle’s over; though defeated now, In coming time the waiting world shall bow Before the throne of Truth that’s builded high Above the dust of those whose ashes lie All heedless of the glorious fight they won When death obscured the light of vict’ry’s sun.
THE fellow’s enough to turn milk sour. He may be a good man, but I wouldn’t have him around.” The above was delivered by a business man and applied to an employe of an acquaintance. He had just returned from his friend’s office, and this was his prompt judgment, forcibly expressed to his own partner.
THE writer of this article, goodnaturedly permitted to choose his own subject, elects to discuss a small colored lady called Princess Weenie Wee, undoubtedly the smallest mature human being now living. The real and very sensible name of this microscopic young lady is Harriet Elizabeth Thompson.
MOST people will now admit the general principles that education is for all men, not for any one privileged class, that it means the development of the whole man—his intellect, will, affections, personality—and that it is the duty of the State to educate.
MISS MAUD ALLAN, the Canadian girl who has created such a sensation in London by her marvellous dancing and is expected to appear in New York this month, in speaking of her work in a recent interview, says: “My dancing is, as it were a continuation from where the ancient Greeks left off and by combining our modern music with their movements I attempt to put into the rhythm of the dance something of the thought of to-day.
I hold these truths to be self-evident: That man was made to be happy; That happiness is attainable only through useful effort; That useful effort means the proper exercise of all our faculties; That we grow only through this exercise; That education should continue through life, and the joys of mental endeavor should be the solace of the old;
NETTIE CARSTAIRS sat alone in her pretty boudoir. Her three guests had departed, and only the cards and scoreboard, which lay on the table remained to tell the tale of the afternoon’s dissipation. “One hundred and fifty pounds !” muttered Nettie, with puckered brows.
He was always wounding their feelings, making sarcastic or funny remarks at their expense. He was cold and reserved in his manner, cranky, gloomy, pessimistic. He was suspicious of everybody. He never threw the doors of his heart wide open to people, or took them into his confidence.
THERE are few women who guide and absolutely control the destinies of a great business—a business that in the aggregate amounts to many millions a year. There is a general idea among men that women are lacking in some of the essential qualities that bring about commercial success; that she is too yielding by nature, too tender-hearted, not enough of a grabber and pusher to make an effective competitor against the aggressive man of business.
WHEN the son of one of the richest men in America came to me and said, “Bill, my Old Man wants to go to the United States Senate,” did I hem and haw, and look doubtful? No, sir; that isn’t my style. I said, “Charlie, that’s an honorable ambition. What is there in it for me?”
THE first pipe organ ever built in Canada and the first brass band organized in the Dominion were leading features of worship with “The Children of Peace,” organized by the late David Willson, of York County, in 1814, and believed to be the oldest religious band on the American continent.
THE setting sun cast long shadows on a dusty white road, awoke little patches of white among dark forest trees and shimmered on the rapids beneath a rough wooden bridge. Down the road a farmer trudged, leading his tired horses home and an occasional encouraging “Gid ap” was the only sound to break the summer evening’s silence.
“NOW,” demanded her chum, settling herself comfortably, and drawing the box of chocolates within reach, “tell me about your visit to Bob’s people. “As I look back on the week,” summarized the engaged girl, “it seems to me one long, unsuccessful attempt to convince the relatives-to-be that I am not a fit candidate for a home for the feebleminded.
SOME time ago I had an interview with the late James A. Calbick, millionaire lumberman of Chicago, then president of the Lumber Carriers’ Association, owner of the greatest lumber fleet in the world, and recognized as one of the two greatest lumbermen in America.
“Just as soon as any employee thinks that the business cannot get along without him, discharge him,” once said John H. Patterson, president of the National Cash Register Company. The experiences of many business concerns tend to prove this drastic theory correct.
MR. BEARBY pounded ponderously down the street, his heavy tread biting black splashes in the white frost mantle on the pavement. It was a very early November morning. From youth, Mr. Bearby had retained the habit of rising with the lark and getting to work early.
IT would be absolutely impossible to draw a line, that would strictly limit, or mark off the rational, from the irrational, or visionary ideals of leadership. Certain attributes, or accomplishments, seem so inseparably associated with our ideals of leadership, that the latter without the former, would be looked upon almost as a monstrosity.
SENATOR Daniel Derbyshire, known throughout the farming community as “Our Daniel,” has done, perhaps more than any single individual in private life in Canada to develop the cheese in dustry along scientific lines. He started the manufacture of cheese in the early seventies in the township of Bastard, Leeds County, Ontario.
THE Canadian National Exhibition for 190S is now numbered among the pleasant memories of the past, in many ways it was a record-breaker—in aggregate attendance as well as in high water-mark patronage for a single day, and lastly, but not least, in the matter of a collateral surplus.
The new occupants of Government House, Toronto, will be Hon. J. M. Gibson, a life-long resident of Ontario as well as one of the most distinguished citizens of the Province, and his esteemed wife. As a scholar, a military man, a marksman, a lawyer, a statesman, and a captain of industry.
Work of a Western Artist. Maud Oliver—Uncle Remus's. The Pretty American Girl in Art and Her Creators. Margaret Roke—Human Life. Nero as Artist and Engineer.—Putnam's. The Art of Miss Maud Earl. Austin Chester— Windsor. Modern Miniature Painting.
THE INVENTIVE mind, ever studying the forces and laws of nature, conceives great things to which a practical expression is now and then given that startles the world. The underlying principles of wind and moisture, heat and light, expansion and contraction, have been mastered to minister to man’s comfort or add to his length of days.
During the past month the best selling books were Canada. Mr. Crewe’s Career. By Winston Churchill. Lure of the Mask. By Harold MacGrath. Prima Donna. By F. M. Crawford. Somehow Good. By Wm. de Morgan. Heart of a Child. By Frank Danby. Jack Spurlock, By G. H. Lorimer.
The customs of military service require officers to visit the kitchens during cooking hours to see that the soldiers’ food is properly prepared. One old colonel, who let it be pretty generally known that his orders must be obeyed without question or explanation.
OFFICE furniture made of steel is rapidly gaining in favor in business houses. In the United States many large concerns have adopted steel office furniture entirely, especially where there are fireproof buildings. Business men have felt the necessity of something more substantial than wooden filing cabinets to protect their valuable records from fire and theft.
The Simple Account Salesbook Co., Fremont. Ohio. U.S.A., are about to place in the market the Keith slip system to keep the accounts of retail merchants in a simple, practical and economic manner. With the old style slip systems, it is always necessary in order to locate an account, to refer to the index and hunt the name and the number, then the number of the leaf, and finally pick it out from among ten or twenty accounts exposed to view.
Tne automatic fountain attachment for shading pens, the invention of C. A. Faust, is very simple in its attachment and operation, and has met with much praise on the part of sign writers and others using a shading pen, as providing an article of great convenience.
The polygraph is a new duplicating machine on the market and merits proper attention by the business world. Like the better class of duplicating machines. it prints from type, through an inked ribbon, against a rubber roll and thus perfect typewritten letters in duplicate is the result.
The well-known progressiveness of the Monarch typewriter people is again in evidence. They have lately added two new models to the already large Monarch visible family. The first has a carriage holding paper eleven inches wide and writing a line eight and six-tenths inches long.
The increasing number of business shows is an index of the popularity of such exhibitions. Their value cannot be gauged in dollars and cents, and every retailer, wholesaler and manufacturer should make It a point to devote to such shows an afternoon or evening.