BORN in a blacksmith shop in a small village in 1847, to-day the biggest industrial concern in Canada, with one-quarter of its annual profits given to educational, charitable and religious causes. Starting with a meagre investment: now capitalized at twelve million dollars, the greatest corporation in its line under the British flag, encircling the globe with warerooms, factories and representatives.
The famous French guillotine, or “the widow,” as it is familiarly referred to, has been re-erected at Bethune, in the North of France, and on the first day of its restoration as an instrument of the law four criminals were beheaded in the presence of 30,000 people.
IF a man had gold dollars to sell at fifty cents and did not let the people know anything about it, he would not sell any. You must tell the people what you have to sell, why they should purchase from you, and something of the value you offer them in return for their money.
HAVING re-lit his well-seasoned briar root, Jimmie Thrums threw his long legs across the library table, and with a sigh of content let his gaze stray down the long, closely written manuscript on his knees. Having finished the reading, he stroked his thin cheek thoughtfully, and let his mild blue eyes wander to the window and out across the snow-cloaked lawn.
SO numerous are the Queen’s public and private engagements that her Majesty finds it absolutely impossible to keep them all in person and has to attend many social functions and public ceremonies by deputy. Her Majesty’s deputy on all such occasions is her private secretary, Mr. Sidney Greville, who has acted as the Queen’s representative many hundreds of times since their Majesties came to the throne.
Many a man fails because he does not dare to take risks, to take the initiative. When do you expect to do anything distinctive in life? When do you expect to get out of the ranks of mediocrity? The men who do original things are fearless. There is a lot of dare in their make-up, a great deal of boldness.
A TOY for the wealthy? Not if you mean for only those who may be rated long in bank accounts. A plaything for the rich? This well-worn phrase is no longer applicable to the motor-car as a limiting characterization. A toy it may be, and in fact it is, for certain wealthy ones, and a plaything; but the motor-car to-day is far more— if is a very useful, economical, and soon-to-be-necessary type of vehicle for those who must get about, for the doctor, contractor, farmer, mail carrier, butcher, grocer and collector, for any one whose daily work is such that distance must be covered, for any one who now gets propelling power from horse-flesh.
IT was in a sordid, evil-smelling street in a Frankfort slum that the dazzling fortunes of the great house of Rothschild were cradled in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Picture a narrow lane, flanked on each side by towering rookeries of grimy bricks, in which the air was always fetid and stagnant, and into which the light of the sun rarely penetrated; and at each end of this lane, a barricade of iron chains beyond which none of its residents might pass under fear of death.
MANITOBA yields other harvests than those that are reaped from its fertile soil. The name and fame of Manitoba’s wheat have gone abroad to countries overseas, as well as throughout our own continent; but it is far from being generally known, even in our own continent, that Manitoba has important fisheries.
WHEN “Coal Oil Johnny” bought all the champagne in New York and emptied it into a plunge bath, so that he might take a swim in the sparkling wine, he was by comparison a mean and penurious miser. The only real, genuine, open-handed and free-hearted spendthrift in the tides of time is the government of the United States.
THRIFT is one of those virtues— there are, perhaps, more than we think—which it is much easier to preach about than to practise. To a Scotchman our reputation in the world being what it is, it would seem almost like carrying coals to Newcastle to advocate thrift in any shape or form.
THE “skyscrapers” of New York have already begun to outlive a good deal of their disrepute, and indeed to command the credit that belongs to all strong and original building. Many of the lankest of these buildings are beyond a doubt basely and irretrievably utilitarian; but from the beginning there were architects who perceived that “sky-scrapers” were inevitable, and who set to work to design the most scientific, and architecturally the most noble, buildings which the circumstances permitted.
HAVING been closely associated with Mr. Delane, the famous editor of the Times, as a writer of leading articles under him for some fifteen years, I was asked ten years ago at the instance of some of his friends, to contribute some account of him to a series of papers on great editors, projected by the Philadelphia Evening Post.
A TRAVELER who visited Denmark wrote that one of the most interesting things he had observed was that even the pigsties on the farms were provided with electric light. Although that is not the rule, yet it is the skilful management of the small farms and the ability and training of the farmers which have built up the reputation of Danish agriculture.
ONE cold winter day, just forty years ago, “Jim” Hamilton, the station agent of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, at Sioux City, stood on the platform, muffled in his warm fur coat, watching a gang of section hands piling cordwood alongside the track in the train yard.
THRILLING experiences?” repeated Leo Stevens. “Oh, sure! You get them in ballooning, naturally. In a way it’s like leaving suddenly for a new world and getting there in a few minutes—a strange land of wonderful sights and sensations, great air currents, clouds, rainbows, snow and rain factories, cyclones—yes, don’t forget cyclones.
Lose this day loitering, ’twill be the same story To-morrow, and the next more dilatory; True indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost, lamenting over days. Are you in earnest? Seize the very minute; What you can do, or think you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
"IT was fitness did it.” Those are the words of the critics regarding Dorando’s failure to beat Longboat in the Marathon race at New York. Hayes beat Dorando, Dorando in the same race beat Longboat, Dorando beat Hayes, and now Longboat beats Dorando.
On November 18, 1907, a man was electrocuted at Sing Sing for murder. The day before his execution his two sisters and some other relatives, who had worked very hard for his release, called to say “Good-by” to the prisoner, and at their departure he said, “I will walk to the chair with a smile on my face, and the smile will be for you.”
THE recent incursion of the Guggenheims into Cariboo, so long famous for its gold placers has awakened a new interest in that romantic district among the people of the United States. The real romance of old Cariboo, however, centres round about the story of a miner who made and lost millions, and whose grave to-day marks the spot where fortune beckoned and bereft, all within a quarter of a century.
If you’re on to the game and you’re wise to the rules, Keep playing. Buck through the centre and give it a ram, Smash on and crash on, you'll squirm through the jam. If their trick is a flim, let your trick be a flam; Don’t welch just because you’ve received one hard slam.
SIR JOHN BARKER, M.P., who received his baronetcy when the Birthday Honors of 1908 were conferred, is one of those men who owe their success entirely to untiring personal efforts. He was an alderman of the first London County Council, and is now member for Penrhyn and Falmouth.
THE world shrinks, and now there are few parts of the globe which have not been traversed. I say purposely traversed, for many parts traversed have not been explored. A race across Africa, from Paris to Pekin on a motor car, or what has been aptly called the “boyish Pole hunt," can now no longer be regarded as serious exploration.
IT is probable that there was never a time when there was not an effort on the part of some especially energetic individuals to bring about an improvement in existing methods, but with the advent of the steam engine as an active factor in human affairs, this effort for improvement has become more marked, with an intensity which has been steadily growing, down to the present time, so far as relates to increased efficiency of machines.
Large numbers of people have brilliant qualities; they know a great deal, are well educated, but they lack sand, staying power. They can’t stand by a proposition and see it through thick and thin to the end. They lack that bulldog grit which hangs on until they triumph or die.
PERHAPS you have heard of Hugh Chalmers. He is the man who received $72,000 a year when working for John H. Patterson, president of the National Cash Register Company. Of course, Chalmers was pathetically underpaid, but even so, $72,000 a year is a very exceptional salary, and a man who can command it, and earn it, as Chalmers did, deserves unusual attention, especially when that man is only 32 years old.
THIS is a poor story, for it has no plot, and all stories written in America are supposed to have a plot. Nothing else matters. This story has a girl and a man and a chief event. Of these the chief event happened only in the ordinary course of things, and if the girl had not had one straight, white streak in her internal construction, probably it would not have affected her in the proper way, and there would have been no excuse for writing this at all.
Some people are so unfortunately constituted that they do not seem able to remember pleasant, agreeable things. When you meet them or call on them, they always have some sad story to tell; some unfortunate thing has happened to them or is surely going to happen.
THE age in which we live owes much to many inventions and discoveries, but it is doubtful if the business and educational world is indebted to any science more than to phonography, or shorthand as we call it in this busy, hustling day. There are many systems extant, but that of Sir Isaac Pitman is the most widely used throughout the English-speaking centres.
A Stenciling Lesson for Girls. Lilian Barton Wilson—Ladies’ Home Journal. Art in Everyday Life. R. Cleveland Coxe— World’s Work. How we Learned to Stencil. Mary T. Bradley —Suburban Life. Art and American Society. Mabelle Gilman Corey—Cosmopolitan.
The danger the business man runs in not protecting his checks is not always apparent to him although his attention may be frequently called to losses sustained by firms through having checks raised, yet it is only when he himself sustains such a loss that he realizes his folly in not protecting his bank account against such depredation.
A multiplex telegraph apparatus, which is worked something like a typewriter and does away with the use of the Morse code, is being installed in the Postal Telegraph Company’s main office in Baltimore and will be in operation in a few days. It will be used on the Baltimore-New York service. The machine is the invention of the late Prof. Henry A. Rowland of the Johns Hopkins University.
The Ellis Time Stamp is a perfect systematizer. It will show the exact time, day, hour and minute when certain work was commenced and when it was finished; when a telegram, letter or package was sent and when it was received: when documents or papers requiring the attention of various departments were received and disposed of by each of the departments, etc.
The Mercantile adding machine, is one of the latest additions to that field. This machine is medium-priced that adds, multiplies, subtracts and divides and makes other calculations common to the adding machine. and fills the special want of bookkeepers or those having need for a calculating device of smaller proportions.
One of the chief difficulties among engravers has been to turn out line cuts and half-tones that will print clear and clean from first to last of a long run. without the constant attention of the pressman. If etched too shallow the cuts "fill" and print up dirty, while the effort to make a deep cut by the old tub-etched process results in an "undercut” dot or line which breaks down and completely spoils the work.
The young Scotchman never liked his mother-in-law and this weighed heavily on the mind of his wife, who was ill. Calling her husband to her bedside she said to him, "Sandy, lad, I’m varra ill and I think I'm gang to dee, and before I dee I want you to gie me a promise.”
OWING to the appreciation expressed by many of our readers for the original Canadian articles which have been appearing from month to month in the magazine, it has been decided to increase the number of these in each issue from three to four.