NO MAN, perhaps, is less like the usual idea of a writer than Major H. C. McNeile, better known to readers of MacLean's Magazine by his pen name “Sapper.” Major McNeile has been a soldier and looks a soldier. He has all the appearance of a man who is keen on keeping himself fit, and is fonder of the open air than of the musty atmosphere of a library, writes his friend, Sidney Dark, in the Strand Magazine.
THE FLOATING of the $100,000,000 loan by the Minister of Finance in New York is the outstanding event of the year in Canadian finance and an achievement that should gladden the hearts of investors in Canadian high grade securities. It is not so much the fact that the amount of $100,000,000 was placed so readily and over subscribed within half a day at the time it was offered to the public, as the extremely favorable price.
Question—I would like your opinion of “The Gold Pan Mine” in Northern Manitoba. What is the company doing at present?—H.G. Mimico Beach, Ont. • Answer—We have not been successful in obtaining a quotation on stock of the Gold Pan Mine. There are no dealings in the stock locally, nor is it listed in the Winnipeg Stock Exchange.
Herewith the Evidence in the Case When a Mere Author Encounters the Owner of the 192— Derby Favorite
G. APPLEBY TERRILL
DEAR FIN, I see that some racehorse owner, a Mr. Naylerd, whose horses are trained by Felannoy at Newmarket, has done you the honour of naming one of his animals Pepita Pinktoes, after your latest novel. In the circumstances you ought to begin to take a mild interest in the Turf.
An Answer by the Man Who Wrote: "Will Canada Go Yellow?"
UNDER the caption, “Will Canada go yellow?” recent issues of MacLean’s have contained articles dealing with the nature and extent of the Oriental menace in this country. That problem is of primary interest to the people of British Columbia but he would be dull, indeed, who did not recognize in it, and in any attempt at its solution, principles which deeply concern every province, because they are vital in the future life of this Dominion.
TENNYSON reminded us that men may come and men may go but brooks go on forever. Yet there are men who have put harness upon the murmuring brooks, caged their fury where they develop their mightiest in turbulent, white-foaming rivers, diverted their courses and made lakes of them at their will; men who have transformed the dreamy melody of the living waters into a roaring chant of commercial conquest.
WHEN you come back to the farm factors, too high overheads and too low returns, with their various sub-divisions to which the farmer ascribes his failure to make sufficient profits to anchor him permanently to the land, you are in a realm of just as great controversy as on wages and freights.
THERE were several of us in the soldier’s comfortable smoking-room. The ladies had retired for the night; but in spite of the appalling thickness of the atmosphere, none of us seemed disposed to follow their example. After all it was a special occasion; I don’t think we had foregathered—the whole bunch of us—since we left school.
THESE eight adventures were told to me in the old days by Arsene Lupin, as though they had happened to a friend of his named Prince Renine. As for me, considering the way in which they were conducted, the actions the behaviour and the very character of the “You must be thinking me very ungrateful.
WHEN Ottawa was selected to be the capital of the united provinces of Upper and Lower Canada its unsuccessful competitors for the coveted honor described it as a lumbering village in the backwoods, and the description was sufficiently accurate to arouse resentment among the people at the new seat of Government.
THERE was a curious link between old Dan Durkee and Ernie Budder. Dan was a sullen, disappointed, malicious old man; and he was quite generally distrusted and disliked. The tie between him and Ernie consisted in the fact that Ernie thought well of Dan, admired him, consulted him when in difficulty, and respected his advice and his opinions.
OLD JOE, the French-Canadian trapper, warned me that night, looking at the clear full moon, “M’sieur, see the full moon? The storm she’ll blow tonight on ze lac; she blow and she blow some more, and strange things sometimes happen under the full moon, M’sieur.”
THE SQUIRE raised himself on his elbow and secreted the bag where he could assure himself of its presence by a touch. Then he sank back with a grunt of relief and his hand went to the keys which also had their home under his pillow. He clung to them, they were his badge of authority, of power.
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Labor Party Leader Expects Big Things at the Next Election.
RT. HON. ARTHUR HENDERSON, M. P.
AS AN effectively organized political party the real strength and influence of the British Labor party have yet to be ascertained, “and, whenever the next general election comes, or whatever may be its effects upon the fortunes of the political parties, it will certainly find the Labor party in the forefront of the battle,” writes Arthur Henderson in The Contemporary Review.
This Was Startling Query Raw Youth Asked Money Magnates Half Century Ago.
ARTHUR BRIGGS FARQUHAR
MOST young men of ambition would be glad to know the recipe for becoming a millionaire, if such a recipe really does exist. But few of them would have the courage to interview millionaires, utterly strangers to them, and ask how to go about it.
GENERAL Sir Ian Hamilton in his latest book—“The Soul and Body of an Army”—states that an Army is to a nation what a “life-preserver” is to a citizen. In these modern days, however, the “anti-thug” “life preserver” is almost unknown, and “efficient police force” would have probably more appeal to the general reader—though perhaps the expression is used intentionally in view of the little interest which the average English-speaking citizen takes in his or her country’s Army—except during war time.
After Two Centuries of Obloquy Captain Kidd Comes to His Own An Honest, Though Persecuted Gentleman.
JOSEPH H. GILDER
AFTER MORE than two hundred years of obloquy, Captain Kidd, the terror of very young youth, the idol of growing boys, has stepped out as a misjudged gentleman, who suffered persecution and death because of his upright character. Despite the wide series of romances that paint him as a bloodthirsty pirate, a view even held by no less a historian than Lord Macauley, it seems that there are definite grounds for believing that all this tradition of crime and violence and hidden treasure has been manufactured out of whole cloth.
The Latter Are Plentiful—The head is a lodging for ideas—furnished or unfurnished, as the case may be.—Calgary Herald. A Strong One—“New hats,” says the woman’s page, “will be trimmed with skunk fur.” That’s scentsible!—Saskatoon Star.
Even Parisian Journalists Now Disregard the “Code Duello," Despite worst Provocation.
AFTER centuries of futile suppression by both Church and State, the method of settling disputes and avenging insuite by duels is quietly passing, in France at least, principally because the journal ists of that country, who formerly upheld it and ridiculed enactments against it, now consider it passe.
Caution And Accuracy in Management Cannot Replace the Essential Quality—Vision.
THE VERY size to which some businesses have grown, has been detrimental to their comprehensive and satisfactory management. They have lost the definite personal interest that means constructive effort, and are given it is true good management, but management without vision.
IN GERMANY the generals blame the diplomats and the diplomats blame the generals for the defeat of the Teuton arms. On the other hand, Sigmund Munz says in The Contemporary Review, that people in Germany have developed the idea that German diplomacy lost them the war, while the Entente won the war through diplomacy.
IN VIEW of the secret treaty made at Rapallo between Germany and Russia special interest attaches to a recent article in the Fortnightly by Dr. Dillon on Europe and Bolshevism. He shows the causes of Communism’s temporary success and under the circumstances considers the invitation to Russia to take part in the Genoa Conference a serious mistake:
"A Rich Diamond Forever Flashing New Facets Before Us.”
PROBABLY no short story writer of this continent has received as much publicity of late as O. Henry—whose real lame was William Sydney Porter—due no doubt to the wide popularity of his works, in excerpts from his book, “Through the shadows With O. Henry,” Al Jennings, eformed bank and train robber, who servdaterm in prison with the short-story writr, gives the public an intimate picture of he latter.
Diet Specialists Have Many Opportunities for Teaching Dietetics for Experimental Work or for Definite, Practical Application
GERTRUDE E. S. PRINGLE
SEEING one day numbers of girls flocking into a Y.W.C.A. cafeteria, I followed their example, and found myself in a large crowded L-shaped upper room in which was a long line of young women slowly processioning along by a food-laden, glass-covered counter, each one carrying a white enamel tray and helping herself to the very appetising looking food.
Essay on a Man:—At ten, a child: at twenty, wild; At thirty, tame if ever; At forty, wise; at fifty, rich; At sixty, good or never.—A Contrib. The Kind Desired:—Clerk—“So you wish to open a joint account with your husband. Current or drawing?”