AN EVIDENCE that a magazine is appreciated by its readers is seen in the number of renewals. It is particularly gratifying that during 1921 —a year of industrial depression and "tight" money—the number of subscribers voluntarily renewing exceeded the total of any previous year by more than 3,000.
THE FIGURES supplied by the Department of Finance for the fiscal year ending March 31,1922, show a serious decline in revenue and an increase of $73,000,000 in the net national debt or an average of more than $6,000,000 each month. There seems little likelihood of Canada being able to make a start on the wiping out of this debt during the present year.
AS A FLORID woman stepped from an elevator on the mezzanine floor and started toward the grouped chairs and lounges, she checked for a minute and stood looking at Delilah, a hungry fascination in her pale blue eyes. She was like a famished boy with his nose pasted against the window of a confectioner’s shop.
WHEN I first started detective work I was such a baby at it that I wanted to cry whenever I had to go up to some bright-looking girl and accuse her of stealing. I often feel that way yet. With some of the refined, sweet-looking young girls who take the pretty trifling things they cannot afford to buy it is merely a case of “keeping up with the Jones’s.”
WHEN you get off the boat at East Harbor in the morning, four or five automobiles with the legend “Public” pasted upon their windshields are on hand to carry you whither you wish to go. Most of the men who drive these cars are young, but one of them is old, and looks older than he is.
A LOYAL British subject like myself in dealing with the government of England should necessarily begin with a discussion of the monarchy. I have never had the pleasure of meeting the King—except once on the G.T.R. platform in Orillia, Ontario, when he was the Duke of York and I was one of the welcoming delegates of the town council.
PETTIFER drew a crisp brown slice from the electric toaster and glanced across the table at his wife. “What are you doing this afternoon?” “I’m playing golf,” she said with a little “What!” “I thought you’d be surprised.” “I am,” he admitted.
HAROLD MARCH and the few who cultivated the friendship of Horne Fisher, especially if they saw something of him in his own social setting, were conscious of a certain solitude in his very sociability. They seemed to be always meeting his relations and never meeting his family.
THIS isn’t a painting—a deft, fanciful blend of pigments to produce something idealistic. It’s a portrait—a not-posed-for, matter-of-fact affair. The purpose is to focus a faithful camera at the close-up and snap the subject when he isn’t looking.
THE war that was waged for democracy has not been fought in vain. For even from Parliament the old autocracy has been banished. In the days of Laurier, a plumed Knight waved a graceful hand and Canada had a new law. When Borden sat in the seats of the mighty he passed an order-in-council or cracked the whip over the heads of his devoted followers and the country sat up, listened and obeyed.
REPLACEMENT value is a phrase that has become one of our household words. It is a useful and hard-working phrase, that has seen both good and bad fortune. In the booming war years certain individuals and corporations deftly concealed themselves behind it to their great financial gain.
THE SQUIRE had not in his inmost heart derived much satisfaction from his visit to the bank. He had left the place with an uneasy feeling that the step he had taken had not produced the intended effect. Ovington had accepted the loss of his custom, not indeed with indifference, but with dignity, and in a manner which left the old man little upon which to plume himself.
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He is An Austere Autocrat Who Abhors The “Gay Life”
AARON HARDY ULM
AN AUSTERE autocrat, whose allpervading personality makes itself felt in every branch of his executive offices and mammoth automobile works, is the picture Aaron Hardy Ulm gives of the world-renowned Henry Ford in Forbes, under the intriguing caption of “Some ‘Rattling’ Good Ford Stories.”
THE SUPREME power for good which universities may become has lately been demonstrated at the Congress of Universities of the Empire. They are at the present time spontaneously endeavoring to find out what the people want and how that want may be supplied.
One Remedy For Discontent is Education of Those Who Have Blighted Opportunities
IT HAS been contended that Bolshevism is nothing more or less than the revolt of Inefficiency—an attempt of the unlearned to make the intellectual world come down to their level or suffer destruction. Rt. Hon. Viscount Haldane, M.O., president of the British Institute of Adult Education, in an article in The Sunday Express, of London, strikes a somewhat similar note but in a more diplomatic and constructive mood of criticism.
Correspondent Reveals Remarkable Origin of The Spanish-American War
WALTER SCOTT MERIWETHER
MANY wars in history had their beginnings in the most trivial of incidents; the American Revolution began over a tax on tea; one of Britain’s wars was started by the mutilation of a sea captain’s ear; the Ems telegram is blamed for the Franco-Prussian war; and the bomb thrown by an anarchist precipitated the Great War of 1914.
Famous Canadian Inventor Writes of Pre-Telephone Experiments
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL recently gave an address to the officials of the U. S. Patent Office. He has re-written this and it appears in the March number National Geographic Magazine. The relation of the various influences which moulded his early life and led him in the direction of the telephone are entertaining reading.
Secret Service Should be Efficient to Guard England From Russia's Fate.
VISCOUNT LONG, OF WRAXALI
VISCOUNT LONG of Wraxall writing in the Nineteenth Century urges the need of an adequate Secret Service to meet the ever present menace of Communism. "It has always been a mystery to me," he says, “why so many people object to Secret Service.
Well?—And if the younger generation prefers “Jazz a Song at Twilight?”why not?—Winnipeg Tribune. Overripe—That man is ripe for heaven who makes out his income tax form without an evil thought.—Kitchener Record. Extravagant Tastes—It is estimated that it costs 97.50 a year for a family to keep a rat.
Edward Benes, 38, Czech, Said to Be Coming Figure in European Politics
VIENNA NEUE FREIE PRESSE
ONE of the most arresting personalities in Europe at the present day is Edward Benes, Prime Minister at Prague of Czecho-Slovakia, though but 38 years of age. He is a pupil and follower of Masaryk who left New York, for many years his adopted home, to become president of the Czech republic.
Famous Interviewer Tells Interesting Facts About World’s “Big” Men
ISAAC F. MARCOSSON
“ALMOST invariably in any conversation with really big men these men would say something so sharp and to the point, that it was like showing a spotlight on a certain idea.” So writes Isaac F. Marcosson, one of the outstanding interviewers of all time, in The American Magazine.
NO OUTBREAK since the Indian Mutiny can be compared with the fierce rebellion of the Moplahs which has just been suppressed. Our contemporary gives an instructive account of this warlike tribe and of the rebellion itself. From this we quote:—
Mrs. George Black, F. R. G. S., Began Adventurous Career by Walking Into the Klondyke Over Now Famous “Trail of '98”
ALL THE gayest little sunbeams must have danced about the cradle of Mrs. Black for wherever the lady has lived, whether in a Chicago brownstone front, a shack or later in Government House in Dawson, a flat in London during the war, or sharing a house with friends in Vancouver while her husband was campaigning in the far northern territory, she has always been the centre of a brilliant circle.
IT MAY seem like presumption for a woman to rise out of the ranks, a common ordinary woman out of the common ordinary ranks of life, and differ from the opinions set forth by a journalist of such charm and ability as that possessed by Mrs. Madge Macbeth.
MY GOOD friend, the Editor of MacLean’s, has imposed upon me a difficult task (he has acquired this pernicious habit, by the way!) in asking me to compile “a very brief article from the best replies” to my contentious contribution of January 1 called “IS A WIFE WORTH WHILE?”
Polite English—Fair Straphanger: “Please don’t let me deprive you of your seat.” Polite young Man: “No depravity, Miss—no depravity.”—London Gaiety. When the De’il is Sick—“And how is your husband now, Mrs. Bodgins?” “Doin’ nicely thank you, Sir.