"DID you ever know any girl who really did propose during a leap Year?” Miss Anstell’s question provoked many replies from the small crowd of salesgirls around her. Some had heard of oases, others guessed it had happened, but not one knew for certain.
AN INTERESTING SKETCH OF THE CAREER OF JOHN R. BOOTH, THE MONARCH OF THE CANADIAN WOODS
THE recent movement for reciprocity with United States, both as a cause and a fulcrum upon which to lever a party’s hope into the fullness of power, was a failure. September 21st decided that. But ineffectual as it proved as a movement and decisive as was its defeat, it yet performed a peculiar service for Canada as a leavening of men and a sifting medium to bring to the top the more vital human atoms in the cosmic mass.
TALE FOUR; “SHORTY DREAMS.” THE STORY OF A BIG CLEAN-UP WITH A WARPED WHEEL AND A QUICK EYE
"FUNNY you don’t gamble none," Shorty said to Smoke one night in the Elkhorn. “Ain’t it in your blood?” “It is,” Smoke answered. “But the statistics are in my head. I like an even break for my money.” All about them, in the huge bar-room, arose the click and rattle and rumble of a dozen games, at which fur-clad, moccasined men tried their luck.
AN INTERESTING STUDY IN CITY PLANNING. “ GARDEN CITIES OF TO-MORROW.” A SKETCH OF LETCHWORTH
SOME of us can dream dreams, we can see visions of what ought to be, we have the faith which can take hold of the invisible; others of us have the organizing ability and willingness to work: given the idea, we can give dogged, persevering toil to trying to make the ideal real; but to few is it given to combine in one personality the imaginative and the practical qualities.
THERE were only three of us in the club at the time, bachelors all, and we sat around the blazing fire in the cozy little smoke room, making the best of things as we found them, hoping that soon some decent fellow would drop in to make a fourth for a rubber of “auction bridge.”
It is the quiet worker that succeeds. No one can do his best, or even do well, in the midst of badinage or worry or nagging. Therefore, if you work, work as cheerily as you can. If you do not work do not put even a straw in the way of others. There are rocks and pebbles and holes and plenty of obstructions.
A CONTRAST BETWEEN LIFE AND CONDITIONS IN THE OLD LAND AND AMERICA
FELIX J. KOCH
THE popular conception of education has undergone a radical change in recent years; the modern standard requires a knowledge of life as well as of books. The new viewpoint, indeed, is well illustrated in the “commencement” exercises which are held annually at the colleges and institutions of learning, when graduates are sent forth into the world, adequately equipped in theory, to “commence” their life work in practice.
WILDLY, outside raged over the Canadian prairies the winter storm; within, a silence reigned chat could be felt above the ticking of the cheap alarm-clock upon the mantel. By her husband’s bedside sat a woman who, at times, softly wept, then restrained herself and inwardly prayed; for a life hung in the balance in that squalid room—a life inexpressibly dear to the watcher, even in proportion as she reflected that she had wrecked and saddened it.
WHAT EFFECT WILL IT HAVE ON COMMERCE ? SWIFTER SERVICE, CLEANER STREETS, BETTER TRAFFIC, WIDER RADIUS OF DELIVERY
IT has been said that where we cannot invent, we may at least improve; we may give somewhat of novelty to that which is old, condensation to that which was diffuse, perspicuity to that which was obscure, and currency to that which was recondite.
IT was a mild evening in May. The air full of the gladsome exhilaration of spring, was an added source of uplift to Van Bibber’s already bouyant soul. He paused on the doorstep, letting the door close on him with a smart snap, unsteadily drew on his gloves, and eyed the quiet block with a slightly idotic smile.
“There’s nothing new beneath the sun”— So doth the ancient proverb run. No joke to crack that isn’t old, No tale to tell that isn’t told, No line to pen That’s not been done by other men. No play to write that’s left unwrit By some old-time dramatic wit; No thing to paint, no mood to limn, Remaining from the ages dim; No song to sing That did not in the old days ring.
SOME PRACTICAL EVIDENCES OF CANADA’S DEVELOPMENT IN MODERN STRUCTURES ERECTED DURING THE PAST YEAR
THERE was no boom in building last year. At most it was an “off” year. What with elections and one thing and another a good many enterprises were held up for a while and a lot of the Big Building which justly should have fallen to the share of 1911 was held up also to swell the coming totals of 1912.
The poet Longfellow—or was it Confucius, the inventor of wisdom?—remarked: “Life is real, life is earnest; And things are not what they seem.” AS mathematics are—or is: thanks, old subscriber!—the only just rule by which questions of life can be measured, let us, by all means, adjust our theme to the straight edge and the balanced column of the great goddess Two-ancLTwo-Makes-Four.
THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD CLOTHES AS AN INDICATION OF CHARACTER AND AS AN AID TO SUCCESS
Dr. ORISON SWETT MARDEN
THOUSANDS of worthy young people have failed to obtain situations simply because they have not learned the art of clothing themselves properly, of appearing to advantage. It is very astonishing how quickly the quality of clothing is mated to its wearer.
A CRI SIS ON THE CANADIAN PRAIRIES—THE WEST EXPERIENCING “ GROWING PAINS ”—A REMEDY FOR THE SITUATION
ALLAN A. McQUEEN
THE present crisis on the prairies has brought to our notice in a most forcible manner this most distressing fact—the West has “growing pains.” The increasing rush of immigration during the last ten years with all its attendant faults due to the lack of cohesion among the unassimilated elements, the wheat-mad wasteful form of agriculture, the extensive rather than intensive programme of railway extension, the questionable policies of our banks with regard to farm loans, the lack of even ordinary foresight on the part of the farming community have all helped toward a misproportioned development in a great many ways.
I wonder why it takes so long To make the letters shape a song? And how the words can ever know— All down the pages—where to go? Sometimes alone a letter stands; Sometimes the words take hold of hands; I see them gather thick and black, Then turn about and travel back; I look just where they were before And find there aren’t any more.
SITTING on the platform of the Klineville church on Easter morning, the choir and organist beside her, and all Klineville before her, the great soprano of St. Mark’s said the same words over and over to herself: "I am a little girl. I wear a red gingham dress and red mittens.
A HISTORY of the establishment and development of the one educational institution which represents the greatest single industry in the leading province of the Dominion, should be of interest to all true Canadians. Those of us who value the O. A. C. at its true worth, realize that there are.
ADENOIDS, A NATIONAL DISEASE, REVIEWED IN MEDICAL ARTICLE— THE CAUSE AND TREATMENT
Dr. HELEN MacMURCHY
"NOT built that way,” says the Man on the Street in his picturesque colloquialism. But how few people know how they are built. It is quite possible that if you caught three good citizens such as the Mayor, the Bank Manager, the President of the Board of Trade, the President of the Women’s Canadian Club, the kindest woman in the city, and the best cook in the county, and asked them all to draw two plans, one of the interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and another of their own heads, the plans of the Cathedral would be the more accurate of the two.
Wouldst shape a noble life? Then cast no backward glances towards the past, And though somewhat be lost and gone, Yet do thou act as one new-born. What each day needs, that shalt thou ask, Each day will set its proper task.
"ONE of the most significant phases of the present railroad situation is the extent to which the children of Jay Gould are losing control of the family properties,” writes Burton J. Hendrick in “The Passing of a Great Railroad Dynasty,” in McClure’s Magazine.
"BIG Business and the Bench,” is the title of a series of articles by C. P. Connolly, now running in Everybody’s Magazine exposing “the part the railways play in corrupting the American courts.” The subject is handled in a most vigorous manner, and the exposures are attracting no small attention.
THE moving picture show has come to stay. “The progress of the ‘silent drama’ has been on an unparalleled scale. In fact,” writes Robert Grau, in ‘The Moving Picture Show and the Living Drama’ in the American Review of Reviews, “some of the developments in this field in the last few months have utterly amazed the prominent theatrical managers and producers.
IT has been established beyond any shadow of doubt that knighthoods, baronetcies, and peerages are sold by the two great political parties in England. If a man desire one of these “honors,” he has only to approach diplomatically the political powers that be and pour a certain number of golden sovereigns into the party chest.
HARPER’S BAZAR is running a discussion on the wife’s share of the husband’s income, and wives everywhere are giving their experiences. Here is a typical one: My husband’s salary is one hundred dollars a month and we have found that the only way to manage our expenses comfortably is to have an exact schedule of how the money is to be spent.
ONE of the first measures passed by the Government in 1906 was the Workmen’s Compensation Act. This act amended and consolidated the law as to compensation for injuries, extended its benefits to seamen, shipmasters, shop assistants, postmen, domestic servants, and to all employees with a smaller annual remuneration than $1,250, awarded compensation for all injuries causing more than one week’s incapacity, established a special scale of compensation for persons under twenty-one earning less than five dollars a week, and made provision for facilitating the computation of the amount due as compensation, for safeguarding workmen against oppressive agreements, for regulating the disbursement of the amounts payable to dependents of deecased workmen, and for enabling the services of medical referees to be more fully utilized.
WHILE I am indicating the broad features of the conception of the Great State as the opposite to Normal Social Life, it is necessary to point out the scope of our present ignorance and indecision upon those two closely correlated problems, the problem of family organization and the problem of women’s freedom.
MOST people still look upon Advertising as merely the self-interested effort of manufacturers to sell more goods. It is much more than that. It is a real distributive force, a definite factor in economic progress, and as such, bears as vital a relation to the people as railroads, newspapers and other quasi-public institutions.
MOST retailers are satisfied with their methods. They think they are making money. But here is a letter which suggests a reason for the many failures among these same satisfied retailers. The story was told in a letter to the service department of a large manufacturer of store equipment.
IN the realm of salesmanship few problems are of more vital interest than that of Creative Salesmanship. There are few authorities, too, who are more capable of dealing with it than E. St. Elmo Lewis. In the course of an address on the subject he recently made the following interesting observations.
IN the American Magazine, Julian Leavitt, who has been studying prison life in the United States for years, begins a series of articles which ought to make a stir and lead to much-needed reforms. He found, it as difficult to get actual information about prison life as to find out what was going on in the Bastile before the French revolution, but he kept on until he has unearthed the most extraordinary lot of facts and incidents and truthful pictures of life behind the bars.
MR. PULITZER contemplated the newspaper as in two parts only. That which dealt with the news was one part, the editorial page the other. All the strictly business aspect he did not consider—not because it was unimportant but because the many centuries of experience have put business principles on an indisputable basis; and they are the same for all occupations,—and have no peculiar relation to any one; and none at all to the conception of the newspaper as he understood it.
WHILE it may be true that we shall always have the poor with us in our cities, why need we have centres of vice and crime? It is a good work that church and charity organizations are doing in lifting the poor and maimed out of the gutter, but would it not be a wiser policy to abolish the gutter? This is the age of preventive therapy in medical science.
"ONE of the finest object lessons,” writes Professor Meredith Clease, in the Strand, “given to the British public on race perfection was on the occasion of the last Olympic games. Some dozen different countries sent picked representatives from the flower of their youth.
QUITE apart from the danger of unsympathetic and fatally irritating government, there can be little or no doubt that the method of making men officials for life is quite the worst way of getting official duties done. Officialdom is a species of incompetence.
THE Chinaman, as the Jew, has discovered that where wealth is there also is power, and he is rapidly becoming wealthy, so that the position of the Jew as arbiter of the world’s affairs is being threatened by the Chinaman. What cares he for import taxes, deprivation of voting, social disabilities, and all the other restrictions to which he is subjected?
A DREADFUL, fearful Underworld. A Wilderness of Sin infested with crawling atomies as with vermin. A gloomy realm of festering unrest for which there is no peace, no hope, no relief, no salvation. A place of darkness, in which children awake in the night to grapple with the unclean thing.
HIS PACE. Mary—Easy-going, is he? Alice—Goodness, yes! Half an hour from hatrack to front door. OUR ADVERTISEMENTS. “I ain’t losing my faith in human nature,” said Uncle Eben, “but I kain’t he’p noticin’ dat dere’s alius a heap mo’ ahticles advertised ‘Lost’ dan dar is ‘Found.’ ”