IT IS doubtful if even at the height of the great war the people of Canada devoted more serious thought to the condition of their country than was done at the coming of 1921, with its accumulating economic problems. There had been a period of six months of falling prices, signs of depression in industry, and increases in unemployment, which embarrassed the authorities of the larger cities and with it all the general question was: What of the future?
M., CLEVELAND, N.S.—As a person with a few hundred dollars which I do not need, which of the following would you advise me to buy: Brazilian Traction or Dryden Paper Company? Or would you advise buying either fur a person who could not afford to lose his hard earned savings, but who is willing to take a chance providing that the odds are not too great?
ARE so-called "hunches" at the racetrack seriously considered by anyone outside the general run of petty bettors and casual attendants at race meets? Granted that he has seen the boards, noted the horses and the odds, observed track conditions, absorbed current gossip and has a rudimentary notion of race-track operations, what is the average race-goer’s “hunch” worth as a basis on which to place his money? Has a so-called “hunch,” without complete practical data on the horses, got a cash value—or, to use track vernacular, “is it worth a hoot?”
WEST of the 100th meridional line it begins to be in evidence. Here and there, when the train comes in. among the collected hats (on heads) at the depots, the traveller may note it. It is not the brand-new, wide-brimmed hat of the remittance man.
THINGS did not always go so smoothly. One night after a ball. Peter suggested I should walk away with him and try an American trotter which he had been lent by a friend. As it was a glorious night, I thought it would be fun, so we walked down Grosvenor Street into Park Lane and there stood the buggy under a lamp.
"I THOUGHT you said it was to be golfing?” he remarked. “I have a match already arranged. You see I didn’t know you were coming,” she answered. "Call it off,” he said ruthlessly. “That wouldn’t do,” she replied. “Go up and see Uncle Jim. He will be quite alone.
WHETHER you consider increasing Canada’s production of wheat, lumber, minerals, pulp—to make output equal currency and so prevent the smash of deflated currency; whether you consider paying the railroad deficit by increased traffic instead of increased taxes; whether you want to increase the output of paper to meet the paper famine, or how to get the most out of Canada’s natural resources for Canada rather than for foreign brokers—like Omar, you come back to the “same door as in you went.”
JAMES BRINKMAN’S rooms were in Westview Chambers, and the hall was empty, on a night in October when a young man swiftly entered, stepped into the lift and went up. On Brinkman’s landing he alighted, sent the lift down, and was about to press the bell of No. 8 when he saw that the door was ajar.
THE famous Royal North West Mounted Police of Canada, whose record constitutes a strikingly romantic chapter in the history of Canada, was called into being in 1873 to preserve British law and order in the vast wildernesses lying between the Great Lakes and the mountain ranges of British Columbia.
IN THE practical application of political principles to the existing needs of a country difierences of opinion arise, differences as to the means and as to the methods. Broadly considered, these differences of opinion are found to correspond with tendencies inherent in human nature.
HE DID not answer. My heart seemed to sink in my body, as the seconds dragged past and his upturned face remained a blank. “Where is that woman you call Elvira Paladino?” I demanded once more, with a ferocity which somewhat startled him. “I do not know,” he said at last, without emotion.
IT WAS a late July evening. Jane Ann, comfortably ensconced in a low rocker, sat beside the open door, inhaling the scent of Summer blossoms and indulging in the pleasant retrospect of late events, the while she applied a sky-blue patch to a pair of Len’s overalls.
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H. G. Wells Tells What Russia’s Jewish Dictator Looks Like Close Up.
H. G. WELLS
IN HIS fifth article on “Russia in the Shadow,” appearing in the New York Times, H. G. Wells, noted English novelist and article writer, describes his meeting with Nicolai Lenin, the promoter and nominal head of Russia’s present system of government, at the Kremlin, in Moscow.
King of Moving Picture Buffoons Confesses to Being Eternally Gnawed by Melancholy.
BENJAMIN DE CASSERES
TOILERS at everyday callings little realize when they envy the lot of their fellows who earn their living by their wits in what is so-called the artistic path of life that the artist, whether he be of any one of the higher professions, or on the stage; a painter, writer, lecturer or even comedian has his “off days” when he could wish that the mountains would fall upon him.
Political Democracy, But Industrial Autocracy in U.S., Says Noted Steel Magnate
WILLIAM B. DICKSON
THE United States, to-day, faces a momentous problem, for which both labor and capital must find a solution, says William B. Dickson, vice-president of the Midvale Steel and Ordnance Co., in a recent issue of Printers’ Ink. The choice lies, says this writer, between industrial democracy on one hand, and chaos or serfdom on the other.
These are my consolations: I rejoice in defeat because the intelligent are always in the minority. I rejoice in my poverty because I am not required to own and operate a devil car. I rejoice in being married because I now know why I should not be.
Saying It Quickly.—A quiet way of “saying it with flowers” is to send “mums.”—Vancouver Province. A Poor Crop.—Greece’s fruits of victory seem to have shrunken to a single lemon.—Toronto Mail and Empire. Helping Ireland.—“President” De Valera may be taking the rest cure.
Well-informed Writer Regards Nipponese as Vital, Perhaps Predominant, Factor in Near Future.
SIX YEARS have made an immense change in Japan as a militarist nation and a world power, says a well-informed, but anonymous, writer in the Quarterly Review: “Is Japan, as the wording of the Anglo Japanese Alliance would have us believe, a surety for the general peace in Eastern Asia and India, a champion of the independence and integrity of the Chinese dominions, and a sponsor for the principle of equal opportunities for the commerce and industry of all nations in China?
Satirical Writer Stilettos the Catch-Phrase Demagogue.
HENRY ARTHUR JONES
CANADIAN “soap-box” orators—and not a few of the more pretentious political spell-binders—whose chief stock-intrade around election times Is tawdry play on catch-phrases, colloquially known as “bromides,” should be mildly interested in the following “Letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer,” by Henry Arthur Jones, the distinguished British dramatist, appearing in World's Work.
Thrilling Account of the Dangers of Stalking World’s Big Game.
HOW he visited Trengganu and prevailed on a Malayan sultan to allow him to corral a whole elephant herd is told of in a tense, interesting fashion by Charles Mayer in Asia. This story of midnight stalking after the most powerful and intelligent of all wild beasts needs no particular introduction.
"Close Up" in Print of Russia’s Jewish Minister of War by British Officer Who Saw Him at Ekaterinburg.
TROTZKY, the Russian Bolshevist Minister of War, is intimately described in an article in the Fortnightly Review, by Francis McCullagh, a British officer, who was captured by the Bolshevists in Siberia. The author posed as a civilian and was thus able to travel to Ekaterinburg and live there for some time.
IT IS not a new idea—paying the doctor to keep you well. The custom was followed in China some thousands of years ago. It is in the modern civilizations where we have the most advanced medical science, and a generally accepted faith in it, that we use it only as a last resort—when the troublesome organ has perhaps become so broken down that the physician has nothing to work on.
SINCE Daisy Ashford’s “Young Visiters” created such a sensation, not only in England but on this continent as well, more attention has been paid to the work of child authors. British Columbia has recently discovered a girl poet. Miss Rae Maltby Verrill, whose work seems to show promising talent.