MACPHEE had been out to see the doctor. All his long life he had held doctors and their art in slight esteem. It was with the utmost reluctance he had permitted the specialist to overhaul him this afternoon. He had endured the searching examination with ill-disguised impatience, had resented the doctor’s conclusions, and now raged inwardly because of the imperative advice given to him.
HAD there been a passer-by he would not have seen anything unusual in the little procession of two men and ten dogs. One man broke trail, plodding steadily in the deep, soft snow. His team labored behind him, while at the tail of the toboggan came the second man, walking easily with his snowshoes in the well-beaten trench, his dogs making equally light work of it at the It was only by following the procession hour after hour and day after day that the extraordinary relations of the first and second divisions of the cavalcade could be ascertained.
I WONDERED if Elvira could have misinterpreted my natural reticence on the matter of meeting Natalie Stillwell. Elvira, on that same day, had motored in from Beaumaris with Davis, to go to the Metropolitan Museum and begin her study of the figurines there.
IN THE morning mail, which helps to digest the daily coffee and toast, there was a colorful advertisement which told, in glowing terms, that spare cash in the bank should not be allowed to bring in a safe return of only three per cent.— when, by withdrawing the account and investing it in the motion picture industry, the same money could earn at least eight or ten per cent.—possibly more.
BEEORE discussing the situation to-day it is well that a word be said on the genesis of the Government on whose behalf I write. That Government is the successor of, indeed, in point of policy and principle, it is the continuation of the Administration which the decisive will of our country placed in office three years ago.
TORONTO is "the Queen City of Canada,” but it was not always thus. Long before my time it was called either “Little York,” or “Muddy York,” and the latter designation was as well deserved as the former, for the town or city— (it became a city with William Lyon Mackenzie’s grandfather as Mayor in ’34)—had much the experience of Winnipeg in its pioneer days owing to the generosity with which mud was lavished upon it.
"MY SON, a good hunter is never long in doubt; for when he discovers a bear track and follows it for a few hundred paces, he knows whether the track was made by day or by night, whether the bear was large or small, old young, male or female; whether its coat was in con dition or not; whether the beast was merely wandering or travelling with a ouroose purpose in view; whether it was frightened or undisturbed; whether going fast or slow; and whether seeking friends or food.
THE first time I met Peter Flower was at Ranelagh, where he had taken my sister, Charty, to watch the polo. He dressed better than any man I have ever seen. I do not know who could have worn his clothes when they were new but certainly he did not. I notice men’s clothes as much as women’s, and I never remember seeing him in a new coat.
AN UNFAMILIAR name showed black and distinct on the card that Helen Dupont held in her hand. HUGH BRAILSFORD “Do I know the gentleman, Morris?” she asked puckering her brows. “I don’t think so, miss,” answered the maid, “w'ich is by no means ’is fault, miss -’e ’avin’ been 'ere h-every day for a week, w’ile you was away.
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France is Grappling Courageously With Her Heavy Task.
SOME remarkable facts and figures were given recently by M. Francois Marsal, speaking in the Chambre des Députés, as to what France is doing in the way of reconstruction. Mr. Fraser in the Daily Mail comments on M. Marsal’s speech as follows:
JUDGING from the reports of recent visitors to Germany the eyes of the German people have not yet been opened by defeat so that they recognize the evils of the late imperial régime. Mr. Barker, who has lately been staying in the Fatherland, relates his impressions in the Quarterly Review:—
Secretary of State for War Reviews Mrs. Asquith’s Book.
THE Right Hon. Winston Spencer Churchill, Secretary of State for War, has written for the London Daily Mail, Northcliffe’s newspaper, a review' of Mrs. Asquith’s reminiscences, which have appeared serially in MacLean’s. He says, in part:—
The German Imperial Chancellor Gives His Opinion on the Causation of the War.
A. J. TOYNBEE
ALL THE great leaders of Germany have broken into print to explain how it was that it all came about. The last of these is Bethmann Hollweg Imperial Chancellor of the “Scrap of Paper” fame. A. J. Toynbee, writing in the Manchester Guardian, gives an outline and excerpts of the book that has not yet appeared.
Perilous Pastime Getting Out Some Newspapers in Ireland.
IT’S a great life, if you don’t weaken, say those who have witnessed the perils that confront the editors, publishers and staff of some of the newspapers in Ireland. The destinies of Freeman’s Journal, Dublin, one of the oldest papers in the world, are now being directed by a Canadian, H. N. (Mike) Moore, formerly in newspaper life in several Canadian cities, including Fort William, Toronto and Montreal.
ACCORDING to a statement of the United States Department of Lahor the average pay of coal miners is $60 a week. This leads E. W. Howe, of Kansas, to suggest, in his personally conducted monthly, that if the estimated million coal miners in America would dencsit in savings banks the sum of $1 per Ray per man they would soon be able to buy the mines in which they work.
Motion Pictures Built for Show of Finery and Primitive Passions.
W. STEPHEN BUSH.
WRITING acceptable plays for reproduction on the moving picture screen —scenario writing as it is commonly called—is about as hopeless and unremunerative a task for the unknown author as attempting to sell zephyr underwear in Greenland, according to the above author writing for the New York Times.
May Be Our Mistake.—Nobody ever thinks of looking in the mirror for the missing link.—Cobalt Nugget. Sootless Santa.—Santa may not find as much soot as usual in his Christmas chimney.—London Free Press. r Where Consistency is Needed.—Variety is the spice of life and the downfall of liars.
George Ade Tells How He Came to Write His Brand of Humor.
HOW the demands of the reading public forced him to become a humorist and a writer of the famous Fables in Slang when his ambition was to write high-brow novels is told by George Ade in the American Magazine. Ade, like many other present-day writers of note, got his early training in daily newspaper offices.
New York Times Takes Issue With His Treatment of Some Immortals.
NEW YORK TIMES
THE New York Times would deny H. G. Wells the privilege of women and wise men, that is, to change his mind. And there are a lot of other points in his history of the world over which the Times editorial writer disagrees with the brilliant English author:
"OKANAGAN” someone mentions: “Fruit” answers your mind if you are well Pelmanized or if, as the psychologist terms it your mind works on the “associations in the margin of consciousness” plan. But from from now on, according to your bent, the answer can be either “fruit” or “theatre.”
"IF YOU follow the dusky track" of the twilight as it tiptoes around the world in land after land, you and the twilight together will steal upon a little circle of children gathered together about the knees of a story-teller.” Thus beautifully and truly Nora Archibald Smith, in “The Children of the Future,” pictures for us the story-hunger of children the world over.
Giving Them a Lesson.—Parson— “Surely you haven’t caught those to-day?” Little Boy—“Yes, that’s what happens to fishes what goes chasing worms on Sunday.” Modernism.—Aunt Sarah (horrified)— “Good gracious, John, what would your mother say if she saw you smoking cigarettes?”