Miss Clotilde Graves’ Great Story, “ Between Two Thieves ” opens in this issue of MacLean’s—A Prose Epic Which is Pronounced a Masterpiece by Critics.
A GREAT serial novel “Between Two Thieves” opens in this issue of MacLean’s Magazine. The publication of this story as a serial marks a new epoch in magazine enterprize in Canada. Undoubtedly “Between Two Thieves” is the most expensive novel on which any Canadian magazine has ever secured first Canadian serial rights.
“RANK and reedy growth,” “modern towers of Babel erected by greedy corporations,” “monstrosities and nuisances”—these are a few of the epithets hurled against skyscrapers in the recent report of the Commission of Conservation of Canada.
WHICH is your telephone ear? That, according to a “hello girl,” says the Chicago News, is a question which, if propounded to the thousands of people who gossip over the wires every day, would result in a far better understanding between them. “Every one has one ear that is better than the other,” she theorized.
THE Dodds-Sinders had, after many adventures, much seasickness and several fierce arguments, finally arrived in London; been conveyed through a fog the consistency of veal broth and now, at last, were installed in their apartments at the Cecil.
“DO you know what a habit man is?” asks the Business Philosopher. He is a man who does a thing to-day because he did the same thing yesterday. Repeating is easier than thinking—so Mr. Habit Man repeats. His name'is legion. We find him everywhere.
SOME of the happiest homes I have ever known, ideal homes, where intelligence, peace and harmony dwell, have been homes of poor people. No rich carpets covered the floors; there were no costly paintings on the walls, no piano, no library, no works of art.
THERE had been a suicide in Donohue’s joint the previous week and the customers had shied off at first as rats leave a sinking ship. They were too devoted worshipers of the goddess Chance, however, to remain away from her temple for long, and, on the night of which I write, a fair proportion of them had returned.
FORGET the traditional closeness of the Scot—which is well within the range of controversial topics—and try to associate with him as a race a more abiding, a more distinctive quality. Wouldn’t you say, after a brief moment’s consideration, that it is his tenacity of purpose? Well, Canada, not to say the world, ought to know about that.
ACCORDING to Arthur E. Bestor, who writes in The Chautauquan, the most striking figure in the modern political world is William II, with his frank self-assurance, his strenuous energy, his political genius, his indomitable will, one of that great family of rulers who have made Prussia the strongest Power on the continent of Europe, and have now made Germany one of the great nations of the world.
NORA TRENCH had been exhibiting the latest “novelties” among Violet Crosby’s glittering array of wedding presents to such chance happeners-in as still lingered “talking over” past details and future probabilities of the CrosbyBlaylock match, when she received a rather urgent summons to her friend’s room.
EACH country has its national pastime —in England they play with “Home Rule for Ireland,” in the United States they make a sport of baiting the trusts, in France they abuse the clericals, in Canada they talk about warships. All these nations, however, and the others that make up the civilized world have one pastime in common, the great international winter amusement — the automobile show.
AN OLD paralytic man, whose snowwhite hair fell in long silken waves from under the rim of the black velvet skullcap he invariably wore, sat in a light invalid chair-carriage at the higher end of the wide, steep street that is the village of Zeiden, in the Canton of Alpenzell, looking at the sunset.
“IT was in Paris that my role as a portrait painter was established. I was a student at Julian’s—the first Western Canadian who had crossed the ocean to study art in Europe. There it was that the archaic, not to say imbecile, methods of my former teachers were made evident.
IT is planned to erect a tower building 800 feet high in San Antonio as a monument to the Texas heroes who lost their lives in the battle of the Alamo. Plans for the proposed building have been prepared and steps have been taken to raise by popular subscription in that State the sum of two million dollars for its erection.
“GNAT” Wicks had “made” the old Calvert house in Madison Ave., and the little five-ply safe was a shorn Sampson in his lap. This, after one hour and forty minutes of seduction. He was working on assignment, and here was supposed to be big game. He was never told how the office ascertained prospective jobs, but the fact remained that the office had sent him out on several good things in the past eighteen months.
“I SEE,” said the casual newspaper reader, “that another bank clerk has got into trouble.” “Why is it,” asked the chronic moralist in reply, “that bank clerks seem to he always getting into trouble?” The same question occurs to thousands of Canadians who learn too frequently from the newspapers of some unfortunate bank clerk who has ended his short but spectacular career in the cell of a condemned criminal or the grave of a suicide.
“THAD!” I called from the doorway of our shack; “Thad Balfour, here is a visitor to see you!” The young giant, who had just finished taking his daily plunge in the gelid waters of the Northern British Columbia stream on which our prosectors’ camp was located, sprang to is full height on the river bank and treated me to a scornfully incredulous laugh.
A SET of thirty models of all-cement farm buildings and miscellaneous structures for use upon the farm recently made a most interesting exhibit occupying about 400 square feet. The plan was to exhibit such concrete work as could be successfully constructed on the farm and to demonstrate it in the simplest manner possible to every one who might be interested.
FARMING by electricity is now quite a matter-of-fact proceeding in Germany. This is especially so in Saxony. There intense cultivation is carried on with a minimum of labor and at a profit that would make the Canadian farmer stare. Electricity plows the fields, operates the harvesting machinery, threshes the grain, milks the cows, separates the cream from the milk, churns the cream into butter, kneads the butter, pumps the water, fills the silo, lights the stables and yards , and conveys fertilizer to the land.
THE KID slouched low in the saddle rode through the streets of a northwestern Canadian city. It was a nasty night for even an outlaw to be abroad ; respectable people had long since sought their beds. Gust after gust of wind and rain, unbroken by hundreds of miles of flat desert where the tallest obstacle was a dwarfed mesquite, drove down upon him furiously.
“CAN you do what you’re told?” was the question put by the boss to a young man applying for a position in the office of a large factory in a provincial town the other day. “I’ve read the ‘Message to Garcia,’ sir,” was the reply, “And I believe I know how to use my brains.”
IT is a most romantic story that Herbert N. Casson unfolds in Munsey, a story of brilliant enterprise, of great “scoops.” As he says, what advertising has done for commerce and prosperity is a story that would fill volumes. It has created cities as well as trades.
MRS. WARREN had an uncle named John Rawson. Mr. Rawson was an eccentric person. He spent all his time and all his money in old curiosity shops. He bought books and pictures, chairs and tables, odds and ends, and goodness knows what not. Most of these things he kept for himself.
“DON’T never prophesy unless you know.” Bearing in mind this saying of the Yankee sage, as well as the French maxim, “It is the incredible which happens,” it might be injudicious to assert there is no possibility of events justifying those Opposition editors who have lately predicted extensive early changes in the tariff. Still, if one were sinful enough, he might securely wager about 99 to 1 that the aforesaid editors have either guessed wrong, or hazarded prophecy in order to draw contradiction from “posted” Ministerialist scribes.
NOT only the Swedish state railways, but also a number of the most important private railway lines in Sweden are considering earnestly the project of introducing on the main lines, for night service, interupted or “flash” lights, in, stead of the usual steadily shining lamps familiar to all on railways throughout the world.
"Blessings be with them, and eternal praise, Who gave us nobler loves, and nobler cares— The Poets, who on earth have made us heirs Of truth and pure delight by heavenly lays.” Since Wordsworth wrote thus over a hundred years have contributed to the splendid total of English song.
1. Corporal Cameron, by Ralph Connor; 2. Rhymes of a Rolling Stone, by Robert W. Service; 3. The Long Patrol, by H. A. Cody; 4. The Net, by Rex , Beach; 5. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, by Stephen Leacock; 6. The Lady Married, by Frances Little.
AERIAL railways, which have longbeen employed for industrial and military purposes, says Railway and Engineering Review, are now being utilized to transport passengers over precipitious places in the Swiss mountains. Several of these roads are now in operation, and the demands of tourists, who want comfort in the ascent and descent of mountains, and who may enjoy the novelty and sensations experienced in scaling the heights in cars carried through the air on cables, are encouraging the construction of aerial routes over some of the most difficult places in the Alps.
TO-DAY, in every well-equipped office, the choice of furniture is as weighty a matter as air, or light, or space to stretch one’s wits in. There are offices in which every nook and corner is fitted out with a view to charm the eye and placate the incoming check-book.
IN Munsey’s Magazine Hugh Thompson, writing on “The Development of Thrift,” gives some valuable suggestions to “every man or woman who earns.” In short he tells them how to save, and he does it in so practical a way that the operation actually seems a simple one. Anyone may succeed in it.
BLATANTLY vulgar, indescribably coarse as it may seem, the fact remains that the best piece of news to sell newspapers is what an enthusiastic, but none the less feelingness sub-editor would call “a good murder.” The men in the circulation department will bear me out, says a well informed
THE chief preventive of old age is continuous activity, physical and intellectual. In other words, keep going and you will stay young. This advice, which somehow does not sound altogether new, is. given in an article in the Deutsche Revue (Berlin, October), by Dr. Hugo Ribbert, of Bonn, Germany, author of a recent book on “Death from Old Age,” and a translation of it is given The Literary Digest.
The eye is an organ too precious to be trifled with. We may help to keep it sound and strong by attention to the general welfare of the body—by work, rest, play, and sleep, as well as by exercise, wise feeding, and regular removal of the wastes; but besides this it needs special attention.
A SIMPLE recipe for saving two-thirds of the lives now annually lost on our railways is given in Engineering News. It is this: “Don’t walk on the track.” Twice as many casual track-walkers are killed yearly as the sum of the lives lost by passengers and employees together.
THAT "the non-saver is now a higher type than the saver” is the unconventional doctrine enunciated by Professor Simon N. Patten, of the chair of political economy in the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Patten elaborated the idea in a recent muchdiscussed address in the Spring Garden Unitarian Church, Philadelphia.
SO many pessimistic accounts of modern life have lately been published that it comes almost as a relief to be told by Guglielmo Ferrero, the eminent Italian Historian, that in public morals and ideas we of to-day stand on a distinctly higher plane than the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Electric cooking appliances—the shining nickel-plated or aluminum utensils, including coffee percolators, toasters, chafing dishes, each with its long connecting cord and plug for attachment to the electric light socket—are especially tempting, particularly at this season.
DIVORCE has become a burning issue in England as a result of the recent publication of the majority and minority reports of the Royal Commission on Divorce and Matrimonial Causes appointed by the late King Edward. The findings of the Commission are both praised and damned.
ALMOST six hundred million dollars’ worth of property is annually lost in smoke in the United States. Fortunes even larger than that go up the chimney with the soot and he gases. Professor William D. Harkins, who makes these startling statements, tells (in Popular Mechanics) of one single chimney which literally spouted up a million dollars a year! It seems strange that so little is known in regard to smoke.
In the October number of The Colonial Office Journal the editor devotes the larger part of his notes to land purchase systems in Canada and Australia. Australia is attempting to break up big estates and to develop agriculture. It has been said by a Minister in New South Wales that if 1,000 settlers came there to-morrow the Department could not find 50 blocks of decent land within 15 miles of a railway to offer them.
IN the Japan Magazine Dr. J. Ingram Bryan describes the most unique feature of Japanese life, its unchanging faith in the spirits of the dead, and its absolute submission to their rule:— The happiness of the dead depends on the respectful and loving service of the living; and the happiness of the living depends on the due fulfilment of pious duty to the dead.
WHEN Andrew Carnegie of Pittsburgh and Skibo Castle offered to give President Taft a $25,000 pension the famous ironmaster stirred up a controversy that assorted ill with his advocacy of universal peace. Moreover, he stirred some inquiry as to the means by which former presidents managed to keep the wolf from their doors after they had been bowed out of the secure shelter of the White House.
IN LA REVUE Dr. Lowenthal, a member of the French Parliamentary Depopulation Commission, has a long article on the Depopulation question. The official paper referred to shows a deplorable state of things, writes Dr. Lowenthal. The year 1911 compared with 1910 is characterized by the following demographic phenomena:—