NOT many millionaires are farmers. Their chief interest generally lies in bonds, stocks, securities and shares. While they may have palatial country homes surrounded by spacious artistic grounds, few are practical, progressive, hardworking tillers of the soil.
WHEN you enter the little store around the corner to buy a mackerel, a herring, or a halibut steak for your dinner, do you ever stop to think? Naturally you wonder what there is to think about if you have the necessary purchase price in your pocket, and the merchant has in stock the kind of fish you want.
PEOPLE said that religion was responsible for Eli Saunders’ undoing. Eli’s idea of being good was to be good and easy, consequently much of his world’s goods had been lost to him through his simple and great heartedness. Eli had always one speech to meet well meant advice.
MONTREAL is to have her winter carnival after all despite the protestations of the people, who are inclined to think it will prove detrimental to the country. The ice palace is already under construction and it will be completed by February 5, if the contract is carried out to the letter.
THERE are two kinds of inscrutability. One kind is that cultivated by poker players, business men, politicians and diplomats for purposes of concealment. Most of us have occasion to conceal our designs at one time or another, and we train our countenances into a certain degree of impassivity.
THE dawn of the year 1908 was strongly influenced throughout the commercial world by the crisis whose acute phase had hardly passed with the passing of 1907. Although the storm centre was in the United States, every country engaged in international trade was more or less affected at the time, and most of these countries have been even more seriously affected since.
WHEN I started out to get some facts about the relative merits of horse and automobile for the man with a small country place, I began by asking half a dozen men which they considered cheaper. They all lived in the country and presumably were in a position to know.
The business world is filled with men who guess, or assume or are led to understand that a certain figure is nearly, or approximately, or to all intents, true. But they are bossed by the man who knows. Round numbers are the cloak of ignorance; definite figures form the basis of action.
THE student of history will discover many points of resemblance between the present reign and the enlightened reign of Good Queen Bess, and none is more noteworthy than the custom prevailing in both reigns of the monarch paying visits to the country houses of the nobility.
JAMES J. HILL once said that with the maximum possible acreage of wheat for fifty years, the United States will be $664,000,000 short of the amount necessary to pay its annual bread bill, unless the present methods of cultivation give way to better ones.
THE private office of a busy executive should be more than a place to work in. There must be ways of keeping some people out, and letting others in, and handling them after they are in, and doing it all diplomatically. Proper arrangement may save hours of working time each week.
TAKE the thing we need most— food. We have not yet begun to scratch the possibilities of the food in America. The State of Texas could supply food, home, and luxuries to every man, woman, and child on this continent. As for clothing, there is material enough in this country to clothe all its inhabitants in purple and fine linen.
Business executives must not try to do too much themselves; their power will be in duplicating themselves by the selection of lieutenants to carry out their plans, and having made their selections, giving them latitude to work into their particular problems their own personality.
A unique and curious spectacle at Summerland in Southern California. A few years ago it occurred to a prospector that the oil-bearing shales at Summerland must run under the sea. A boring was drilled in the ocean-bed and it struck oil. Many other wells were sunk and the derricks and piers jutting far out in the Pacific surf present a strange spectacle of the activity of man.
IT is proved with greater clearness than ever in the present industrial crisis that the problem of unemployment possesses a thoroughly international character, and that it is quite useless to look for a solution of it within the narrow limits of a single State.
THOU shalt laugh ! The old Mosiac rogations do not contain an eleventh commandment in just those words, but if we laughers choose to append the invisible exhortation, that we know really belongs there, why, we may —may we not? For thou shalt laugh ! It is part of the human creed.
THE midnight freight had shunted a cattle-car onto a side track at the little station at Greenfield and gone on without it. This was not in itself an unusual occurrence; but the fact that this same car was billed to a station twenty miles farther on, and that it contained a mixed load comprising ten head of cattle, two mules, seven pigs and several hives of bees, consigned to a farmer who was seeking pastures new, caused station agent Ben Brown much anxiety.
UNTIL life insurance came into existence, the proper relation of height to weight and the effect of this relation upon longevity had no commercial significance. The aesthetic standards of physique ranged from the waddling obesities, who are admired by Arabs and adored by Hottentots, to the Greek ideals, as shown in the Apollo Belvedere and the Venus of Melos.
IN one of his letters, written from Paris during the Exhibition year of 1878, the late George Augustus Sala, after referring in terms of high praise to the management of “Cook’s Tours” to the French capital, went on to say: “I think I first met him (Thomas Cook) at Venice in 1866.
ELECTED by a sweeping majority at the age of thirty-nine to the highest office in the gift of the third city of the Dominion and standing high in the esteem and respect of all classes of his adopted city, W. Sanford Evans is a young man of whom it is safe to say that he will make his mark in the public life of the country.
THOSE who have always lived in houses built of wood or brick experience a new sensation when they wake in the morning surrounded by a dwelling constructed throughout of concrete. Especially is the feeling novel if the inner walls are left without plaster so that the structure is seen.
“WELL, sir,” said Mr. Dooley, “I see that me old frind Jawn D. has broken into lithrachoor. An’ I’m glad iv it. I’ve often said to mesilf: ‘Oh, that me old frind Jawn D. wud write a book. “What’s it like?” asked Mr. Hennessy. “Well,” said Mr. Dooley, “Hogan says there are two kinds iv product fr’m petrolyum—illuminatin’ an’ non-illuminatin’. An’ this is wan iv thim.
Here we have a general view of the Learners’ School at Mount Pleasant in connection with the British Post Office. The staff of the Post Office is largely increased during Christmas-time and over 8,000 recruits were taken on for periods varying from two to fourteen weeks last year.
I HAVE a friend who is a fisherman and who enjoys an amount of luck that fairly turns rival fishermen green with envy. The mystery of his success seemed undiscoverable. How was it that he could catch fish at a place that other people had fished the day before he went there or the day after he went there without catching a single fish? He himself declared he did not know how it happened, and consequently he got set down as a mean man with a secret bait he would not give away.
FOR nearly forty years now Barron Knollys, of Caversham, has been the private secretary to King Edward, and it is rarely, indeed, that a subject enjoys the confidence of his Sovereign to the same extent that Lord Knollys does. It is not sufficient to say that the King has no secret from his Lordship, it should be said with greater truth that Lord Knollys knows more of his Majesty’s private affairs than the King does himself.
PLAN your work and work your plan,” somebody has tritely said and it applies with particular force to a business career. Your career must be built. It must be built bit by bit and if the work is to be well done and the structure is a strong and shapely one, if it is to be as it ought to be, built for eternity, then you need a plan to guide you.
IT is commonly said, “Aim at the moon, and you may hit the tree top,” but Emerson says, “Hitch your wagon to a star.” Don’t be a mere dreamer of dreams, for when a man has his head too much among the clouds he is almost certain to stumble and fall and then he will find that all his ideals are of the unreal.
PERHAPS the most unique and surprising development in the use of concrete in recent years is the use of this material in boatbuilding. The discovery of the merits of re-enforced concrete for boat-building, however, is as old as re-enforced concrete itself.
THERE are few people to whom a well-told narrative of travel does not appeal. The “wander lust” is in the blood of us all, and, if it is impossible to cross oceans and penetrate dark continents ourselves, we can at least live for an hour or so in the adventures and experiences of others more fortunate.
Travelers and Photography ; How to Secure Good Results. Dudley Kidd—Travel and Exploration. The Amateur Artist. A. M. Mayor—Living Age (Jan. 9). Modern German Art. Christian Brinton—Scribner. Is American Art Captive to the Dead Past ? William L, Price—The Craftsman.
WE SHOW herewith cut of Youman’s coin wrapper. The simplicity and practicability of the device commend it at a glance. It consists of a tough fibre sheet 7½ by 4½ inches, with one end trimmed obliquely and gummed. There is printed on the sheet the amounts which the wrappers may contain of the different coins.
The Desbarats Newspaper Directory for 1908-9 has just been issued by the Desbarats Advertising Agency of Montreal. The object of this publication is to give advertisers generally all the facts in connection with the different publications of the Dominion.
A novelty recently shown at the Berlin exhibition of inventions was the compressed air typewriter, which is without springs and levers to wear out and break, and has 80 per cent, less parts than the ordinary lever machine. The horizontal type-wheel, with letters sliding radically outward, rotates constantly around a vertical shaft.
The “Everreddy" ink pencil is a time-saver. It writes as smoothly and has every convenience of a fountain pen. It can be carried in any position without the slightest danger of leaking. It holds a large supply of ink and preserves it in excellent condition for an indefinite period.
The Cutter-Tower Company is placing on the market something new in penholders, it being styled the “Ventilated.” This penholder being flexible adapts itself to. every movement of the hand, preventing the fingers from becoming cramped. It is made of the best grade of hard rubber, furnished in plain black or in mottled brown shade finish and in different sizes, large, medium and small.
Circular letters, whether printed from printers' type or through some duplicating process, embody a large percentage of such business literature. In recent years particularly their growth has become simply phenomenal. Single business houses distribute hundreds of thousands, some millions.
W. V. Dawson & Son, of Montreal, have the agency for Canada for the Owl clip, which they claim is an improvement on anything yet gotten out in the paper clip line. They are sending free samples to all enquirers mentioning Busy Man's Magazine, and this is perhaps the best way for one to really get acquainted with the excellencies of the clip.
J. F. Land, formerly with the Michigan Telephone Company, of Detroit, and an expert in this business, known throughout the country, has begun the manufacture of a device, which will answer the calls of telephones when the party called is out.
The extreme care and accuracy required in the production of engravings for the type press has heretofore confined the major portion of the process to hand work. After ten years of experimenting, however, the Levy acid blast etching machine has been perfected, and the results obtained show a remarkable improvement over the hand-etched plates.
"What shall I play ?” asked the organist of an absent-minded clergyman. "What sort of a hand have you got ?” was the unexpected reply.—Wasp. "And the streets are paved with real gold, and there will be music and flowers, and everything will be beautiful !” finished the Sunday school teacher, who was telling her small charges of heaven.