THE most promising event in the business world at the time of writing is the settlement of the coal strike in England. So inexorably are we the creatures of international events. Delivery from the "maelstrom of European politics" is a favorite but futile cry.
THE east wind blew furiously, beating gray sheets down the streaming panes. Along the village street flowed a turbid torrent, the squalid wash of an "oldtimer-three-days'-blow" from the Great Lakes. Threshing was hung up. Every wheel was stopped for a thousand miles across the prairies.
ON March 13th of this year, Bonar Law, with his daughter, Kitty, and his son, Tony, were spending the day at Cherkeley Court, Lord Beaverbrook's country seat. In the afternoon Edmund Burke, the Canadian baritone, and I motored down for tennis, and for two or three hours we Played various combinations against each other.
IT was Saturday, the hour shortly after noon, said Algernon, tamping the tobacco in his pipe, and I was busy with a fascinating brief that concerned itself with the iniquity of a corporation that was discharging refuse into a drain pipe with as much legal right as had the Germans in Belgium.
SINCE most, of us can remember, and undoubtedly long before that, the lobster has been the target for humorists' shafts, there perhaps, more funny stories told about out then any other habitant of the deep. There is for instance, the tale of the two brothers Who fell into a life-long feud through a heated dispute as to the color of the lobster.
WHEN MARCIA WAINRIGHT'S father died, he left her with about $1,000, and a very big idea. Almost his last words to her were, “Marry a man with money, my dear. I could not die happy if I believed you would have to join that great army of working girls, and support yourself for years to come.
IN THE study of the little house in Hampstead, Donald Craig lay stretched in a low armchair, sound asleep, while in a similar chair on the other side of the fireplace Superintendent Bruce Mclvor, of the Criminal Investigation Department Day in a like condition.
THE COTTAGE stood a little back from the lane, a somewhat uneven and stormbeaten paling marking the line of demarcation between the public way and the private garden. The rambling morning-glories and larkspur, however, took no account of this ineffectual barrier, growing in equal profusion on either side, though on the outer edge somewhat hampered by the flourishing weeds and grasses.
"THE Angels have come!" exclaimed the Indians at Hay River trading post on Great Slave Lake when two monoplanes landed there on March 12 last. Their astonishment was probably as great as that manifested in 1883, when the first Hudson’s Bay steamer appeared on the northern waterway and the engineer was regarded as a great spirit.
THE relations between the Maritime and other provinces of the Dominion is too important a subject to be dealt with hurriedly. The founders of Confederation attempted to deal with all matters affecting the interest of the four original provinces, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, but even their vision was not keen enough to look ahead fifty years and see nine provinces instead of four, and a Dominion alive to every commercial possibility, each section insisting upon its rights and jealous of encroachment by provincial neighbors or the central government.
Not Worth Planting.—It’s the men not worth burying that fill up the cemetery.—Cobalt Nugget. Saying It Firmly.—In Belfast they don’t say it with flowers, but with cobblestones.—Cobalt Nugget. Needed a Silencer.—About now somebody might oblige with inventing a noiseless celery.
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How Co-operative Labor in Italy Displaces the Middleman Contractor
LABOR leaders in Italy have inaugurated a system by which labor itself undertakes contracts and shares the profits among its own members. The plan is described by Mr. SmithGordon in the Quarterly Review. After speaking of the discontent caused among the workmen by the middlemen whose profit depended upon the extent to which they could victimize the gangs of laborers employed by them, he continues:— “It is at this point that we have to admire the behavior of the Italian labor leaders.
American Supplies Sold to France are Found to Have Been Stolen and Pillaged.
FOUR hundred million dollars’ worth of American goods of every description sent over to France during the Great War has been looted in a manner almost beyond belief. There have been already more than a thousand arrests following the disclosures of Mr. Bourcier, who in Current Opinion says: “There were 158 American camps in France on the day of the armistice.
Thirty-four Months' Experiments Give Hope That Long Sought Remedy Is Found
THAT considerable progress is being made in the search for a remedy for tuberculosis is reported by Professor Calmette, sub-director of the Pasteur Institute, Paris, in an interview obtained with him by the Petit Journal: “Professor Calmette was careful to tell his interviewer not to proclaim too widely that a cure has been found.
The “Big Man” Should be Able to Understand the Viewpoint of His Most Humble Employee
GEORGE F. KEARNEY
MR. KEARNEY secured an interview with Lord Northcliffe. In Leslie’s he tells how the interviewer became the interviewed. Here are a few of the questions the owner of the Times fired at him before he could get in a question of his own:— “What was this mix-up over the marriage of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks?
Timidity In “Man’s Best Friend” Often Caused By Painful Experience
L. E. EUBANKS
TIMIDITY in dogs is often mistaken for dullness, writes L. E. Eubanks, in Our Dumb Animals. As with men, the author finds that the rather timid dog possesses exceptional intelligence, which soon responds to the proper treatment. He proceeds as follows:— "Many dogs that fear nothing else are frightened out of their wits by a thunderstorm. We all know persons similarly susceptible, but we do not call them dense or cowardly. When raging elements have the power so deeply to impress man with his insignificance, his utter impotence to combat them, why expect perfect equipoise in a clog?
Colored Races May Be Indispensable to Develop Resources
The Straits Times
WHETHER a White Australia may not after all be a practical impossibility is the question raised by an article in the Singapore Straits Times, which points out that the white man can never flourish in the sub-tropical northern territory as a manual laborer, and that without colored labor there is no way in which this territory may be peopled and its potentialities of wealth developed.
One Form of Selenium Will Dissolve Many Products Hitherto Thought Insoluble
DR. VICTOR LENHER
THE golden dream of the alchemist of old was to discover a solvent which should dissolve metals, stone, wood, earth, minerals, in fact every solid thing. A new liquid with remarkable properties which will partly realize this dream is described in The American Exporter by Dr. Lenher, professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin:—
BEFORE the war Bayreuth was the objective annually of thousands of pilgrims desirous of hearing the compositions of Wagner. For those who feel the desire to undertake journeys of this nature a new field offers itself in the revival of ancient Greek drama at Syracuse in the great open theatre which was actually visited by the dramatist Aeschylus before the Christian Era.
Fractional Cost of Production Enables Severe Competition.
ROLAND C. EDWARDS
PROTECTION of the American film industry has lately been sought on behalf of more than 60,000 workers whose livelihood is said to be threatened by the 300 German pictures on the American market In the New York Tribunc Mr. Edwards, who is a producing manager, writes as follows:
Australian-Grown Product Equal to the Best American
AUSTRALIA’S ability to rival the United States as a cottongrowing country is discussed in the current Contemporary by Mr. Vaughan. He mentions the search made in many remote parts of the earth by representatives of the Lancashire spinners for unexploited cotton lands, and then goes on to say:
IN writing one of his inimitable screeds for the London News some years ago, Gilbert Chesterton said that in spite of all things—revolutions, wars, earthquakes, social reform, crime, scientific discovery, glorious epochs, and transcendent genius—the most vital and interesting facts to the human individual, birth and death, still remained the same.
OF EVERY ten readers of these lines there will be perhaps one who really understands what food means to our future—and in naming this percentage we are crediting the readers of MACLEAN'S with more than average intelligence. We are all familiar with such slogans as "The Staff of Life," "Food Will Win the War," and "An Army Travels On Its Stomach"—but an acceptance of them, together with a notion that food is something that makes you fat or bilious or strong or dyspeptic constitutes about our philosophy and knowledge of food matters.
Room For Doubt.—“Why is May supposed to be the one unlucky month for marriage, Daddie?” “But is it, my dear? I wasn’t married in May!”—Stead’s Magazine. Agreed—Ned Graham—I’ve got the real thing in men’s hose. Student—Why, you chump, the real thing is never found in men’s hose.— Washington and Lee Mink.