THE question of the acceptance by Canadians of Imperial titles was much debated for some years following Confederation in 1867, but for the past twenty-five years little has been said on the subject and there seems to be a generally tacit consent to the principle that it is a highly proper thing to accept such honors at the hands of the Crown.
WHENEVER a busy man is over-worried, the doctor prescribes the country; and when any of us are depressed by care or trouble, our cure is the sight of our chosen hills. That is if we have money wherewith to fly the town; but if we have none of that valuable commodity to spare, what can we do when the thirst for the hills burns in us, or when the “spring fever” makes its annual visit?
I FIRST came into close contact with The Outlook when Governor of New York, ten years ago, and I speedily grew to have a peculiar feeling of respect and regard for Dr. Abbott and his associates. We did not always agree, and as our convictions were strong our disagreements were sometimes positive; but experience taught me that, in the first place, Dr. Abbott and his associates always conscientiously strove to be fair, and that, in the second place, they not only desired to tell the truth, but made a serious endeavor to find out the facts.
THE publication of a memoir of the public services of Lord Haliburton is a well-deserved tribute to the memory of an administrator of exceptional ability, who labored for many years quietly and unobtrusively as a permanent officer of the British War Office.
WE Englishmen should face the present situation with more dignity if we were not so ignorant of history. For many centuries our foes have been all to the south; so of course our ports and defences look southward. With the exception of one short period of rivalry with Holland we have had no foe to the eastward till the last fifteen years.
IF some one told you that a man could get along year in and year out with only three or four hours’ sleep out of every twenty-four and meanwhile carry on his shoulders more business responsibility than a half-dozen ordinary men you probably would not believe it.
The recent death of Donald Mackay, worthily called “The grand old man of the Canadian dry goods trade,” closed a notable mercantile career. He was the acknowledged leader and pioneer in the business with which he was actively identified for nearly seventy years, and, althought in his ninety-fourth year, up to within a couple of months of his leath he was a frequent visitor to the wholesale establishment of Gordon, Mackay & Company", Toronto, of which firm he was the head.
WHILE salesmanship is only one word, it has so many ramifications, so many avenues leading from it, that it is very difficult for us to realize fully all that it is and means. There is more demand for it to-day than for anything else on the market.
If a young man does not find romance in his business, it is not the fault of the business but the fault of the young man. Business is not all dollars. These are but the shell—the kernel lies within and is to be enjoyed later, as the higher faculties of the business man, so constantly called into play, develop and mature.
JAMES GORDON BENNETT, owner of the New York Herald, is the most remarkable figure in the history of journalism. In his management of his great metropolitan newspaper, in the exploitation of many of his individualistic ideas, in his peculiar mode of life and in his accomplishments, he stands alone—the most unusual personality of Pressdom.
Pleasures are more beneficial than duties because, like the quality of mercy, they are not strained, and they are thrice blessed. There must always be two to a kiss, and there may be a score in a jest; but wherever there is an element of sacrifice, the favor is conferred with pain and received with confusion.
THE British sailor is such a magnificent fellow for doing his duty that he is just the person one is sorry for when duty demands something of him that is disagreeable. Thousands of them will this Christmas have a disappointment. In the papers I read that the Admiralty have come to the conclusion that it won’t be safe to let more than half the sailors of the fleet off at the same time for their holidays.
Generally we are under the impression that a man’s duties are public, and a woman’s private. But this is not altogether so. A man has a personal work or duty relating to his own home, and a public work or duty which is the expansion of the other—relating to the state.
EVERY little bit added to what you’ve got makes just a little bit more.” I wish that I could print the music to that popular refrain as its felicitous rag-time adds to the catchiness of the dictum. “Every little bit added to what you’ve got makes just a little bit more.”
WHEN I was a little boy, long ago, and spoke of the theatre as “the show”—it is the beginning that is always the most difficult in any task and I am grateful to James Whitcomb Riley for having written “The Little Old Man in the Tin Shop,” for his beginning may truthfully be mine.
SIX young men were lined up in the private office of a New York merchant. One vacancy in his establishment was to be filled. The merchant asked: “How many of you young men have savings bank accounts?” Only one replied that he had. “I’ll take you,” said the merchant.
TEN years ago there was an unimportant, second rate ship-chandler store in lower New York, catering to the few captains of wooden ships running into the port. The owner depended more upon the friendship of the old sea captains for his trade than upon any business acumen or effort.
A hundred-point man is one who is true to every trust; who keeps his word; who is loyal to the firm that employs him; who does not listen for insults nor look for slights; who carries a civil tongue in his head; who is polite to strangers without being fresh; who is considerate towards servants; who is moderate in his eating and drinking; who is willing to learn; who is cautious and yet courageous.
"NEVER make a defence or apology before you be accused,” was the advice of Charles I. to the Earl of Strafford. The cause lists of the Law Courts would be even more congested than is already the case were the advice generally followed. A pretty penance will propitiate all but the inexorable and create friendship where enmity may have seemed hopelessly to dominate the attitude of the party aggrieved.
Was there ever a greater delusion than that of one who thinks his father’s fortune a blessing, when he never earned a penny of it by his own effort? It is only a premium on laziness. It makes one’s own development into manhood more unlikely. It furnishes him crutches, instead of teaching him to walk alone.
THE late John Bartlett, whose “Familiar Quotations” have encircled the globe, once remarked to a youthful visitor that it was a source of great comfort to him that in collecting books in earlier years he had chosen editions printed in large type, “for now,” he said, “I am able to read them.”
Spiritual strength consists of two things—power of will, and power of self-restraint. It requires two things, therefore, for its existence— strong feelings, and a strong command over them. Now it is here that we make a great mistake: we mistake strong feelings for strong character. A man who bears all before him—before whose frown domestics tremble, and whose bursts of fury make the children of the house quake—because he has his will obeyed, and his own way in all things, we call him a strong man.
IN May, seven years ago, an important meeting took place at the Arlington Hotel in Washington. On that occasion, at the invitation of Mr. John D. Rockefeller, five of the most distinguished medical men in the United States met to discuss the foundation of an institution for scientific medical research.
THE man who looks to the future who prizes his fame—will refuse to advertise that which he cannot believe in. The man who prostitutes his talents in a cause that he can’t endorse will find that genius without heart is impotent. No man can derive inspiration from falsehood.
It is very certain that no man is fit for everything; but it is equally certain, that there is scarcely one man who is not fit for something which Nature plainly points out to him by giving him a tendency and propensity to it. I look upon common sense to be to the mind what conscience is to the heart—the faithful and constant monitor of what is right or wrong.
CONSPICUOUSLY absurd among spurious phrases is the remark that no man is indispensable. The mere mediocrity, doubtless, is what he is because we may regard him as a “standardized” man. He is interchangeable at any moment with his like. Every personality that counts is unique.
The vital study for the employe is to learn everything touching his position quickly and thoroughly, to adapt himself as nearly as is in his power to the demands made on him. to catch the pace of the workers about him, be it fast or slow, and to accommodate himself in every thought and action to the standards of the department as he finds it.
WITH the opening of new districts and the extension of settlement, civilization crowds upon the heels of the explorer, the pioneer or the pathfinder. He cannot get away from the older parts of mother earth and its products as easily as he supposes.
Sir W. S. Gilbert as an Artist. E. S. Valentine—Strand. The Favorite Portraits of Grand Opera Artists. —Strand. The Value of Permanent Architecture as a Truthful Expression of National Character—Craftsman. A Greater Sincerity Necessary for the True Development of American Art—Craftsman.
ARATHER unique device in the form of a fastener is being put on the market by the Pull-Fastener Company. The manufacturers claim that it saves both time and money and can be easily verified by a single demonstration. There are five distinct operations necessary to tie a parcel with a string or tape.
A new envelope made in Paris is proof against the thief or the meddler who opens a letter to extract or read its contents and then reseals it so cleverly as to hide any sign of it having been tampered with. The new envelope is really two envelopes.
Although the slot machine principle has been adopted in hundreds of different ways in the past few years, especially on such devices as gas meters, weighing machines, vending machines and innumerable other devices, the typewriter which would give service by the half hour, hour or day by means of a coin dropped into the slot has been slow in making its appearance.