TRANSPORTATION has been defined as the “keys with which wise statesmen open the doors of national prosperity.” There can be no subject, therefore, which should engage the attention of the Canadian people equal in importance to that of lessening the cost of transporting the products of the Western plains to tide water and the Eastern manufactured products to the homes of the Western consumer.
AWAY back along about the year 1879, in the bush-country, where I was brought up, we had a man by the name of Elwood working for us, and he was the first weather prophet I ever knew. What Jim lacked in reputation generally he made up on the weather prediction end.
GOVERNOR PRESTON sat at his big, flat library-desk, studying the returns from the last ballot at the convention. Across the room Bosworth, his secretary, was scanning the latest editions of the afternoon papers. The September twilight was fading and the electric lights had been turned on.
SOMEBODY is eternally writing about the Business Woman, either to announce that she has proved a failure and is disappearing, or that her ability is transcendent and she threatens to displace Man. Her enemies class her with the suffragette.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe or where it will end. There is not a piece of science but its flank may be turned to-morrow ; there is not any literary reputation, not the so-called eternal names of fame, that may not be revised and condemned.
THREE years ago the big publishing firm of Cassell & Co., with offices in London, New York and Melbourne, was financially in an unsatisfactory condition. Its two thousand shareholders, many of whom were widows and spinsters, had for some time been deprived of dividends, whilst several of the managers of departments, drawing large salaries, were handling their work in incompetent fashion.
The choice is before us all to smile and make others happy, or to frown and make them miserable whilst they are compelled to be in our presence. We can be pleasant, and others love us, or we can be crabbed, and make them hate us. The amount of happiness which can be radiated from a smiling face is incalculable.
THE first and chiefest curiosity of sleep is sleep itself. All theories and explanations of it, however carefully worded, have proved inadequate. We do 걏not even know what We once thought We did about it. Take for instance the long and widely accepted view which even to-day stands highest in the estimation of physiologists, as most nearly approaching an explanation of the phenomenon, that sleep is due to cerebral anemia, or a lowered supply of blood to the brain.
WALTER SCOTT, printer’s devil, compositor, publisher, politician and premier of his province. It is not an exceptional story for Canada offers to every youth the opportunity to ascend. Mr. Scott, who was recently elected for a second term to the highest office in the gift of the people of Saskatchewan, can review a career that is an inspiration to any young man of ambition.
SIR HENRY IRVING played “Becket” on the very night of his death. His physicians said that he was undoubtedly dying throughout the entire performance. So buoyed up and stimulated was he by his great zeal for his work and the bracing influence of his audience that he actually held death at bay.
Say not the days are evil—who’s to blame? And fold the hands and acquiesce—Oh, shame ! Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God’s name. Be strong ! It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong, How hard the battle goes, the day how long. Faint not, fight on ! To-morrow comes the song.
QUEEN VICTORIA’S father, the Duke of Kent, smoked once a day— from the time he arose in the morning until he retired at night. Nobody except himself derived much nourishment from the smoke. His royal wife didn’t like it, and his beautiful young daughter sometimes had to leave the room.
THE Casina gamblers were not a cheerful lot. Why were those pleasure-seekers’ faces so sad? So I wondered at first—later I found the reasons. I came to Monte Carlo at night; it was as though some palace of a fairer land had greeted me. Monaco’s giant rocks rose heavenward, their lighted headlands blending with a starry, yet ink-black sky.
EVERY diplomatic officer encounters many appeals for advice and assistance of one sort or another, not only from his own compatriots but often from foreigners, sometimes simply curious, and sometimes pathetic and deeply appealing. The appeals which the American diplomat receives from his own nationals are perhaps more frequent than those made to similar officials of other nations, for the reason that it is generally understood by citizens of other countries who find themselves in distressed circumstances in foreign lands, that the medium of governmental relief, if such can be extended, is the consular, not the diplomatic, officer of their country.
THE field of business is world-wide in extent. Its cultivation affords the ambitious man greater scope and opportunities for his activity and ability than any other. There are no limits to the possibilities of a business career, excepting the limitation of human capacity and endurance.
We needs must love the highest when We see it.—Tennyson. The miller thinks the wheat only grows to keep his mill going.—Goethe. A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words.—Burke. The whole object of literature is to prevent truths becoming truisms.
All wondering and eager-eyed, within her portico, I made my plea to Hostess Life, one morning long ago. “Pray show me this great house of thine, nor close a single door ; But let me wander where I will, and climb from floor to floor. "For many rooms, and curious things, and treasures great and small, Here in this spacious mansion lie, and I would see them all.”
THE most noteworthy fact connected with the recent progress of science is the ever-increasing attention it pays to problems affecting human happiness and human life. Some of the best intellects of the age are removing the basis of Tolstoy’s reproach, when he said that science was practically useless, because it concerned itself only with details and unimportant little facts, like the coloring of a butterfly’s wing, or the muscular structure of a titmouse, neglecting the questions of deep human significance —such questions, for example, as how best to eat and drink, to sleep and exercise, in order to live healthily and long.
MR. ANDREW CARNEGIE, in a recent address before a graduating class in New York, gave some excellent advice to the young men on how to attain success in life. Among other things, he said : — “ There are several classes of young men. There are those who do not do all their duty, there are those who profess to do their duty, and there is a third class, far better than the other two, that do their duty and a little more.
THE master-man is simply a man who is master of one person—himself. When you have mastered yourself you are fit to take charge of other people. The master-man is a person who has evolved intelligent industry, concentration, and self-confidence until these things have become the habit of his life.
IN finished manuscript form, before it is produced, a play is a most uncertain thing, so far as its commercial value is concerned. The most astute managers declare, especially after a failure, that it is all guesswork, and that their business is practically gambling.
THE Stratford Avenue Church was not a church militant politically, as a general thing, but it went into the campaign to defeat Tom Haley for the legislature with all the ardor of an organization of crusaders. It even put aside temporarily its plan for a large, new church in order that it might give its whole attention to the fight for decency and an honest administration of public affairs.
ABOUT four miles from the Bund of Shanghai, along the road towards the great sprawling arsenal of Kiang-yang, lies the little squalid village of Tun-Wen. The narrow, mucky street, close populated with elementary humans, saw-backed hogs, and lank mongrels, meanders hither and thither in its nastiness, until a gateway, with some pretensions to modernity, and with large gilt ideograms on its face, opens on to the grounds of the Tun-Wen College.
Here lies, wide-realmed, the fabulous domain Wherein no man shall lack what he desires— The land of all good promise, that our sires Long dreamed of, yet scarce hoped the race might gain. Here heavy, crimson-weighted branches strain With nectared fruit; here million-pointed spires Of living green rise high; and sunset fires Turn to pure gold far-gleaming fields of grain.
THIS is not an article for the exporting house or factory, which has already built up a sound and profitable trade with the countries of Latin-America. Such a concern already knows all that is here set forth, and a great deal more besides (and is mighty glad of it).
WHEN you enter the employer’s office to apply for a position let it be with a clear idea as to the price you are going to put on yourself and stick to that figure. Do not, however, be afraid to lower your figure slightly at the start, provided you think the opportunities for advancement good.
The Romance of Success: Life Story of Daniel G. Reid
Stanley J. Weyman
"SUCCESS—you ask me to tell you the story of my success?” Slowly Daniel G. Reid, the millionaire head of the great tin plate industry of America repeated the question put to him. Keen of face, dark of eye, debonnaire, this man who has made the making of tin plate one of America's great industries does not look his fifty years.
HE was an enormous man, a clean six feet two in his moccasins, and built in fine sturdy proportion. He was smoothly shaven, with a face almost like that of a Sioux warrior, with high cheekbones and a grim, closely shut mouth. Beyond that the Indian resemblance ended, for his eyes, which stared directly out from beneath overhanging brows, were a clear, cool gray, and his hair was of that indefinite shade known as “tow.”
SOME very puzzling differences of opinion about the use of alcoholic beverages find expression. This is natural enough, since alcohol is a very curious drug, and the human organism a very complex mechanism. The effects of this drug upon this mechanism are often very mystifying.
The warships of the United States in their cruise around the world visited Australia and New Zealand, where they received a most extraordinarily enthusiastic reception. United States papers explain this is due mainly to a friendly feeling to that nation, and also to the somewhat strained relations existing between the masses in our antipodean colonies and the Japanese.
THERE is no industry at the moment which demands keener intellect, shrewder wit, and better trained comprehension : no industry in which the failure of these qualities in its officers, and, to no small extent, in its men, would be more disastrous to the general interests of the country than in the work of our vast and ever-increasing railroads.
We beseech thee, O Lord, to behold us with favor. Folk of many families and nations are gathered together in the peace of this roof; weak men and women subsisting under the cover of thy patience. Re patient still. Suffer us yet a while longer, with our broken purposes of good, with our idle endeavors against evil—suffer us a while longer to endure and, if it may be, help us to do better.
The Seductions of Old Silver. Mary H. North-end—House and Garden. Economical Methods of Using Cement with Decorative Effect. E. A. Trego—House & Garden. Aubusson Tapestries. G. L. Hunter—House and Garden. The Art of Curtis Williamson. H. MortimerLamb—Canadian Mag.
Firing Line. By R. W. Chambers. Mr. Crewe’e Career. By Winston Churchill. Barrier. By Rex E. Beach. Peter. By F. H. Smith. Lure of the Mask. By Harold MacGrath. Coast of Chance. By E. and L. Chamberlain. England Holy Orders. By Marie Corelli. Wild Geese. By Stanley J. Weyman.
THE L. E. WATERMAN COMPANY have just brought out a clever new device to fit Waterman’s Ideal fountain pens, which will prove to be a valuable article to commercial people everywhere. The finger guard is a highly finished bell-shaped piece of vulcanized rubber of a size to fit over any cone-shaped Waterman’s Ideal.
DOROTHY, aged five, had just come in from a walk with her auntie, and was relating her experiences to her mother. Among other things she asserted that she had seen a lion, and her mother, after scolding her for saying what was not true, said, “Dorothy, you must run up stairs now and ask God to forgive you for telling that story,” and Dorothy obediently did as she was told.
What this wonderful treatment is doing quietly but effectively right here in Canada.
THE Viavi Natural Health movement about which our readers have seen a couple of interesting articles reproduced in previous issues from the Columbus Medical Journal, it may not be generally known has invaded Canada and is doing a noble work among hundreds of men and women who have found no means of permanent relief until they tried this treatment.