HALF the time the wind blew a gale, and Smoke Bellew staggered against it along the beach. In the gray of dawn a dozen boats were being loaded with the precious outfits packed across Chilcoot, They were clumsy, home-made boats, put together by men, who were not boat-builders, out of planks they had sawed by hand from green spruce trees.
I WAS never a lover of places, or things: but of men. Though in my first visit to London I had quarters—inexpensive quarters—only a stone’s throw from the British Museum, I did not once in that first five weeks thrust my head between the portals.
WHAT is your name worth? At the end of the month, when the bills come in you feel probably that it is worth a trifle less than nothing. Except on a check you seldom attach a much greater value to it at any time. If you could find an easy mark who would pay you five dollars or even five cents for every signature you light-heartedly dash off by dozens every day you would run some risk of laughing yourself into apoplexy.
THE hostess smilingly greeted her guests, introducing where it was necessary, little knowing how she was assisting Dan Cupid in many instances. Everyone was happy and there was no ice to be broken, for a hostess with a genuine smile is proof against frost-stricken gatherings.
A LITTLE more than a year ago old-fashioned New Yorkers were startled by the news that the famous “Blue Point Oyster Beds,” comprising some 15,000 acres, had been all gobbled up by one heavily capitalized concern. Now domes the information that experts have been figuring on the control of the celebrated Canadian Malpeque beds.
Green Street, London, W. To Francis Laing, Esq., Black’s Club, St. James’, S.W. DEAR MR. LAING,— Very many thanks for your note and the book: “Railways Past, Present and Future.” I shall read it with great interest and hope to understand it after our long talk on the subject.
A FEW books well read, and an intelligent choice of those few—these are the fundamentals for self-education by reading. “Reading furnishes us only with the materials of knowledge,” said John Locke; “it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
IT was with a decided sense of relief that Ethel Merriman waved farewell to an absurdly anxious cluster of female relatives on the receding pier. She had elected to make the trip from Montreal to Quebec by boat. Notwithstanding the strenuous opposition of her aunts, she had overborne their objections, and she was starting on her first journey that was unhampered by a chaperone.
"AND now we come to the broad road .... See! the great road which is the backbone of all Hind. For the most part it is shaded, as here, with four lines of trees; the middle road—all hard—takes the quick traffic. In the days before the rail carriages the Sahibs traveled up and down here in hundreds.
SPRING winked a vitreous optic at Editor Westbrook, of the Minerva Magazine, and deflected him from his course. He had lunched in his favorite corner of a Broadway hotel, and was returning to his office wdien his feet became entangled in the lure of the vernal coquette.
How He Wielded the Surgeon’s Knife in Liverpool Cattle Yards
Harris L. Adams
ABOUT twenty years ago, when Sir Charles Tupper was High Commissioner for Canada, in London, and when Canadian cattle were freely admitted to Great Britain, it so happened that a consignment of Canadian cattle was condemned at the landing wharves of Liverpool on the ground that some of the animals were affected with pleuro-pneumonia.
SCENE: Bedroom overlooking small private balcony in summer hotel. Mrs. Marsh, dressed in extreme of fashion, stands before the mirror, adjusting a ribbon in her hair, while a French nurse struggles to finish the toilet of a little girl of four.
IT is an old maxim in the business world that it is sometimes wiser to spend a pound than to save a penny. The truth of this maxim can be proved in many ways; in none is its significance more marked than in the matter of office equipment. Modern office appliances are undoubtedly expensive, some machines being alarmingly costly.
A YOUNG man and a dogged mare plodded along in the teeth of the storm, their heads hanging wearilv. Rain pelted into their faces like hail, branches lashed out at them viciously, nearby sounded the booming menace of surf on a shore. “May in Virginia—what a welcome!”
GUARDED more carefully even than the round-eyed babies that nodded among the cooking-pots on the packanimals was the little pot of glowing coals. At the next halting place the urchins of the tribe would gather dry sticks, what time their mothers made a hearth of clay and stones.
THE profit-sharing idea has not made much progress in Canada as yet. For this at least two reasors may he advanced. In the first place, the country has not reached the point industrially where employers can spare much time from the work of organization and development to devote their thoughts to plans for the betterment of the workman.
THE article in MacLean’s Magazine for January on “The Idea Behind the Telephone,” by Mr. Roy Fry, editor of the magazine, created considerable interest among readers familiar with telephony, its history and possibiilties. From Chicago one of the officials of the Holtzer-Cabot Electric Company writes appreciatively of the article, enclosing a clipping from “Popular Mechanics,” which, while it accepts Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone in 1876, declares that records show that the same idea was being worked upon by other men prior to that date.
TAKEN UNAWARES. “Satan,” said Brother Dickey, “comes lak’ a roarin’ lion.” “I don’t ’gree wid you on dat,” said Brother Williams, “kaze I never knowed he was a-comin’ twell he had me.” * * * A GREAT TRANSITION. In a prayer-meeting an exhorter arose to speak, and began his remarks thus, “As I was sitting on a thought, a seat passed through my mind.”
Inseparably associated with the early history of the Dominion and the primal factor in her subsequent progress and development is the Grand Trunk Railway System, which is indeed her pioneer railway and stands prominently to the fore among the pioneer railways of America, having been incorporated in 1852, and in the period of years since then has acquired, by lease, amalgamation, and purchase the many constituent companies which now form the present large system of over 7,000 miles.