NOT long since the present writer encountered in the High Street of Kensington an old shipmate who had recently retired upon a moderate pension. I had known him well twenty years previously, as a jovial young surgeon of a gunboat on the China station; but now he was middle-aged, his once handsome face was not a little lined and battered, and he bore upon his visiting card the sonorous title:
WHEN a modern sculptor has an inspiration, it is first expressed in what the French call a maquette, one of those small figurines of dark green wax, wherein a few swift and nervous finger pressures may catch and hold a complete artistic conception.
MONEY enters in two different characters into the scheme of life. A certain amount, varying with the number and the empire of our desires, is a true necessity to each one of us in the present order of society; but beyond that amount, money is a commodity to be bought or not to be bought, a luxury in which we may either indulge or stint ourselves, like any other.
WITH the summer well over and the last belated though happy and rested vacationist returned to town, the eyes of the public are turned once more to the myriad pleasures of the city of which the theatre receives by far the largest share of attention.
"I LOVE you,” said the man. “And I you,” said the woman. Their lips met. A little stream laughed softly to itself as it hurried by. A wakeful sparrow in the ivy giggled tersely. Even the big white moon peeping over the tree-tops smiled placidly.
HOWEVER opinions may differ with respect to Cook or Peary, the world is a unit regarding Captain Robert Bartlett, the Newfoundland skipper of Peary’s steamer “Roosevelt,” who reached lat. 88, and whose modest bearing as to his obedience to orders in returning there when he might have easily have continued on, has won him the admiration of all who recognize real merit.
Down in the state of Kansas there dwells a farmer who basks under the sobriquet, “The Apple King of America.” This farmer, Judge Fred Wellhouse, of Topeka, actually owns over one thousand six hundred acres devoted exclusively to the cultivation of apple trees.
It is a common belief that poetry doesn’t pay. Verse-making is nowadays considered by most people as a waste of time. Magazine editors will accept a few choice poems from well-known poets, but any other aspiring singers must perforce pay to have their work put into type.
ENID asked me how high we were, and, looking at the altometer, I told her ninety-seven feet. She said she didn't think we ought to go beyond a hundred without a chaperone, considering that we were only second cousins once removed. “That’s just the advantage of an aero only holding two,” said I; “it dispenses with the necessity or possibility of a chaperone.
SCATTERED throughout Canada are many curious religious communes, especially in the Province of Quebec—but there are none more curious or interesting than the settlements of the Trappist Monks. This strange brotherhood, with its curious views of life has three settlements in the Dominion—one in Nova Scotia, at Tracadie; one in the wilds of Northern Quebec, near the Lake St. John district, and a third on the banks of the Ottawa River, not far from Montreal.
YOU are your own voltaic battery. Every man is an electric runabout. So says Dr. Andrew McConnell, president of the Society of Universal Science, who is himself electrifying New York and Boston with the basic theory that the life principle of man is no mystic fluid, but electricity pure and simple.
THE “bears” had been caught “short,” and everybody in the House—except Loder’s broker, that is—was very sorry for them. The group of men standing by the chocolate and apple stall in Shorter’s Court involuntarily bent their heads and stared at the flagstones, as if a hearse were driving by, when Arthur Saville came out of No. 3 door.
PEDESTRIANISM is rather a fine art than a means of locomotion. He who uses his legs is thereby enabled to use his eyes. Nature in all moods is the companion of him who walks. A network of sun and shadow, or a maze of muddy pools, lies before his feet.
WHO has not heard of the Kootenay? Very few, I dare say. It has been extensively advertised in two ways. First, by the wealth of its bona fide mines, and secondly, by the industry of the wildcat promoters who victimized an easy public with Kootenay flotations of exceedingly doubtful value.
SIR JOHN WAYNFLEETE had undoubtedly been deep in the counsels of those gentry of Lancashire who promised support to Prince Charles Edward. When the Prince marched south in earnest, Sir John had been also among those who had not kept their word.
The Story of J. R. Dougall and the Montreal Witness
G. B. VAN BLARICOM
EVERY morning of the year, from his quaint, old fashioned home on the mountain side, a sturdily built, erect gentleman of kindly countenance and pleasant disposition may be seen coming down street before eight o’clock. He starts for the heart of the city and walks every inch of the distance.
A SOMEWHAT serious view of the situation existing between England and Germany is presented by H. R. Chamberlain, the London correspondent of the New York Sun, in McClure’s Magazine. He sees in Germany’s passion for national expansion a menace to the peace of Europe.
THE unrest in India is made the occasion for an explanatory article on conditions in the Indian Empire, in the Century Magazine. This is contributed by Sidney Brooks, an English writer of large experience. Mr. Brooks shows the tremendous problem which the British have had to undertake in India, owing to the immensity of the country, the huge population, as variegated in its character as the population of Europe, the warring creeds and the unbending castes.
WRITING in the North American Review, Paul S. Reins analyzes the recently-arranged Declaration of London, which he declares to be one of the great landmarks of international progress. “Quietly, without any appeal to public attention, the London Naval Conference held its meetings and elaborated its convention.
A BRIGHT and intimate sketch of the wife of Britain’s Prime Minister appears in Current Literature, Mrs. Asquith has made the social history of more than one season since her husband became Premier, and that, it seems, because nobody can resist her.
A WRITER in the American Book-man has taken the trouble to make some investigations into the kind of novels read by business men, which is naturally a subject of some interest. The tradition that business men prefer those novels dealing with financial life, the stories of financial intrigue, of spectacular coups and theatric stock manipulation, he characterizes as a groundless, flimsy observation.
ORISON SWETT MARDEN, editor of Success Magazine, whose articles on self-help and kindred subjects are widely known, contributes to a recent number of that magazine a strong paper condemning the habit of living beyond one’s means merely to make an appearance in the world.
AN examination into the popular conceptions of success is made by Professor Brander Matthews in the Forum. He admits at the outset that in the mouth of the ordinary man today the word success is usually interpreted to mean material prosperity, and that this idea of success has been the prevalent one down through all the ages, and among all nations.
CHICAGO has turned over the management of her $50,000,000 school system to a woman. She is, of course, an unusual woman, but all the same, she is a woman and she has displaced a man. John Evans gives a brief sketch of her in the Outlook. “Mrs. Ella Flagg Young was elected Superintendent of Schools in that city July 28, Her salary was placed at $10,000, while that of her assistant, John D. Shoop.
PHILOSOPHERS and teachers have from time immemorial been accustomed to point to certain animate objects as examples for human emulation. Probably the most familiar have been the ant and the bee. These have been held no as models of industry and integrity.
SYSTEM is now quite generally recognized as a necessity in every business, but few business men are inclined to carry system to its logical conclusion. The majority are content to adopt ideas and instal time-saving equipment from time to time as the exigencies of the situation demand, but rarely will they sit down and work out a general system of economies.
The article by Hugh Chalmers, of Detroit, on “Salesmanship and Advertising,” which was to have appeared in this issue, has been held over until our next issue. We regret to have to make this announcement, but the delay is altogether unavoidable.
COMING in from my usual weekly jaunt on a Friday night, I boarded the train at London. Tired and dispirited, I wanted to settle down for a quiet read, but every seat in the passenger coaches was occupied. Reluctantly, I made my way to the smoking compartment in a last vain hope, and there I found a vacant spot.