BUSINESS is being conducted along restricted lines. Retail prices are still regarded as high in comparison with the cost of all basic commodities. The work of deflation must be still more evenly and equitably distributed. The consumer is still required to pay what appears to him as a high price for his goods, and he wonders why this should he when he reads that prices for farm produce and raw materials generally have slumped on the whole well down to pre-war levels.
Question.—Last fall I bought two one thousand dollar bonds of the Western Canada Pulp and Paper Co., of British Columbia. These are first mortgage bonds 7 per cent., payable in New York funds. I would like your opinion as to whether my money is safe in these bonds.— M.P.T., Hamilton,Ont.
A THING can sometimes be too -extraordinary to be remembered. If it is clean out of the course of things, and has apparently no causes and no con sequences, subsequent events do not recall it; and it remains only a subcon scious thing, to be stirred by some accident long after.
DON CRAIG had had occasion many a time dur ing those two years when he and Kyrle had wan dered in the unmapped portions of the globe to remark wonderingly on the apparently inexhaustible fund of vitality which Kyrle possessed, and which enabled her to pass gaily through suf ferings and privations which would have come near to killing the average city-1red girl, and he therefore forbore to remark up on the girl's decision when, two hours after her release from the burning building in Limehouse, she refused to quit the "den" in Don's house and go to bed until she had heard in full Mclvor's end of the story.
The Drama of Our Great Forests BUSINESS and ROMANCE
BUSINESS and ROMANCE
THOUGH Wawe Pesirn -the Egg Moon or June, had already brought summer to the Great Northern Forest, the beau tiful Athabasca still waited in vain. Son-in-law had not yet appeared. After all-was he but a fond parents' dream? I wondered. Soon the picturesque and romantic Fur Brigade would be sweeping southward on its voyage from the last entrenchments of the Red Gods to the newest outposts of civilization—a civilization that has debauched, infected, plundered and murdered the Red man ever since its first onset upon the eastern shores of North America.
THE hours of mental strife, of torment through which he had just passed were as the memory of some rack upon which his soul had been put to torture. They came back vividly now, those hours-every min ute of them a living eternity. His soul had shrunk back aghast at first, and called it murder; but it was not mur der, or, if it was, it was imperative.
HORATIO WILLIAMS twisted contemptuously, drawing a squeak of protest from the wickerseated chair upon which he had deposited his two hundred and ten pounds. His stubby fingers crotched the oily cigar be was dry-smoking. His eyes, small, black, boring, were as. hard as jade as they gazed into the light blue ones of the man seated on the opposite side of the office table.
THIS Parlinwnt of ours is a law unto itself. It counts that day lcst in which it. does not smash a preedent. Not that it is a rip-roaring body filled with the abundant energy of a young and growing nationas a matter of fact smashing precedents is about the only thing ii does and (lees well. Its feature performance was preparing to prorogue before it got the session's business started.
THE taking of tips,' observed a wag as he scanned it reproduction of Egyptian plaques, is evidently a practice as old as civilization itself.'' `How's that?" his friend asked innocently. "Look at those picturos,' the first speaker indicated.
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Artificial Restrictions on 1Isiatics Will Not Enable Him to Do So.
VERY REV.THE DEAN OF ST.PAUL'S
WHETHER the white man will he able to maintain his present posi tion of superiority vis-à-vis the Asiatic races is the query propounded by Dean Inge in the Quarterly Review. He first shows that the Russo-Japanese war proved that: "An Asiatic army, with equally good weapons and training, is a match for the same number of Europeans; and there is no part of European military or naval science which the Asiatic cannot readily master.
THAT the character and code of ethics of our neighbors to the south of us are likely to become those of the world in general owing to the influence of the moving picture play upon national life is the contention of Mr. Weigall in this article in the Nineteenth Century.
These We Have.—The poor we have always with us— especially poor excuses.—Kitchener, Ont., Record. That’s Experience.—Many a man enters the stock market as a bull and comes out bare.—Saskatoon Star. Unencumbered.—Praises be, there is no graft connected with the building of mansions in the skies.
D0 THE British people understand whither Mr. Balfour’s Palestine policy is leading us? asks Lord Sydenham in an article in the Nineteenth Century, and he goes on to give a pessimistic view of the results which he fears will accrue from allowing the Zionists to gain too much control in the administration of the country.
WE HAVE heard much of late of Psycho-Analysis but how many of us have any clear idea as to the meaning of the word? The writer of this article offers it to those who want to read and know more'about it but do not know where to begin. He says in part: “First of all, what is meant by the word psycho-analysis? The definition of a word should be a report on the facts. The word seems, at present, to be generally loosely used to signify the application of ordinary scientific methods to mental phenomena.
Germany Quit War With Factories Intact—France in Ruins.
“T AM here to inform you and to inform myself,” was one of the first statements of Viviani, ex-premier of France, after his recent arrival in United States. In the Outlook, he is quoted in support of France’s contentions that Germany must pay all that has been demanded of her.
CHAUNCEY M. DEPEW, the eminent United States diplomatist, was 87 years old a few weeks back. In the New York Sunday Times, Marie de Mcntaloo gives the account of an interview with him in which he recounted his recollections of old times: “ ‘And when I say old times,’ explained Mr. Depew, T mean the past seventy years.
Japanese Paper Against Renewal of Anglo-Japanese Treaty.
Japan Weekly Chronicle.
WHILE convinced that friendship with Britain should be an important feature in Japan’s diplomacy the Osaka Asahi, a Japanese paper, urges in the interest of the peace of the world that the Anglo-Japanese Alliance should be discontinued.
Life Sketch of the Brilliant South African Leader.
Stead’s Magazine (Melbourne.)
WITH a reputation already established but considerably enhanced by his conduct during the Great War, Smuts is back in South Africa, where he has just won a fight for political life against Afrikander Nationalists, who regard him as “a traitor to his race,” and Labor politicians who can never forget his use of troops against strikers and of the weapon of deportation against their leaders.
A STRIKING account of the benefits to be derived from co-operative competition is given in World’s Work by Mr. Barnes, who tells how the automobile industry was formerly handicapped owing to expensive and lengthy lawsuits over patent eights for various parts and how the idea occurred to Mr. Charles Hanch of overcoming these difficulties by forming an organization of auto manufacturing firms and pooling rights to all patents affecting them.
FROM various European journals Current Opinion has pieced together a description of the life and characteristics of Dr. Walter Simons, Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. “This temperamentally tragical creature,” we are told, “has established the diplomacy of his native land upon a foundation of gloom which is not merely an inevitable and spontaneous exposure of his own dark soul, but a most baffling obstacle to the allied and associated powers.
I REMEMBER the first time I met the Hon. Mary Ellen Smith in her official capacity. It was just after she had been elected to Parliament three years ago. The House was in ses sion, but there were no sittings during the morning, and I had made an appointment to call at eleven o'clock.
PROBABLY the most difficult point in decoration or rather re-decoration, is adding what will work in satisfactorily with what you already possess. Few people re-decorate thoroughly for the reason, no doubt, that they cannot afford to dispose of the furnishings they have unless they have arrived at the place where they need to be renewed because they are worn out.