HAVE you enjoyed “Ovington’s Bank" so far? To judge by all the evidence which has reached the editorial sanctum, the answer is overwhelmingly in the affirmative. It is thus of very real interest to learn that Mr. Weyman believes the second half of his latest work will interest the readers of MacLean's more than the first part.
THE FIRST Budget of the new party in power need occasion no alarm for the investor. There were fears in some industrial circles beforehand that drastic cuts might be made and various industries might face competitive conditions that would imperil their earning power, but no death-blow has been dealt to any.
Menace of Opium, Morphine and Other Narcotics Not Yet Checked in Canada.
JUDGE EMILY F. MURPHY
IF THE Chinese introduced opium to this continent, America has paid them back a thousand-fold in very evil coin by teaching them the use of the hypodermicneedle, which enables them to use morphine sulphate, the derivative of opium, with comparative convenience, and with much less chance of detection.
SHERRIN’S office windows look down on the Galata wharf and out across the Inlet to where the Capilano range stands like a Hadrian’s wall against the impetuous assault of the north wind. Sometimes when Sherrin grows tired of dealing with bills of lading, charters, shippers’ complaints, all the endless minutiae of a coastwise shipping business, it is a relief to sit back and look out at that chain of mountains lifting across the harbor, running east and west for many miles, shading from green terraces behind the houses on the North Shore to mistypurple summits capped with snow, where fluffs of cloud drifted lazily above deep, glacial abysses.
OFF the wave-washed east coast of England and amid the driving rain of cold November night a dim light rises and falls, glows and disappears. A small boat lies on the shore and men roll small kegs from the boat to an antique waggon. The men wear glazed top hats, striped jerseys, bell-bottomed trousers and whiskers.
DAVID ANSTRUTHER had gone to South America in search of “atmosphere.” He wanted to feel the effect of sunlight and shadow on casas whose exquisite symmetry of line was expressed in pink and blue plaster; he wanted to drink in the witchery of moonbeams flung across some palm-fringed avenida; he wanted to thrill under the gaze of languorous black eyes rimmed above that most dangerous of weapons—a Spanish woman’s fan.
THE flapper is still very much to the fore in the magazines and daily papers, and although the term originally meant those of sub-deb age it would now seem to include girls up to twenty. As a subject of discussion the flapper holds her own against the counter attractions of the Genoa Conference, the Hollywood Movie colony, Spiritism, radio, psycho-analysis, futurist pictures and vers libre.
I CALL it “circuit riding” because primarily the motive animating the old circuit rider and the modern Chautauqua entertainer is the same—to take the message to the door of the outlying population, which the agencies of the city never reach.
IT WAS forty-five degrees below zero, in the forests beyond Temagami. Only a great pile of wood in the shack stood between its one inhabitant and a hitter death from cold. Twenty miles in a bush piled high with five feet of snow, the man was as isolated as though he were the last man living on the globe.
BLAIR STEVENS felt that Henderson’s eyes were looking right through him—that, indeed, there might have been only space between the manager and the door by which the salesman had entered a few moments ago. “I’ll send Parkins,” said Henderson, turning to the well-groomed, slightly corpulent figure of President Burley.
WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR.—It is the year 1823. Ovington, an aggressive banker, is promoting one of the earliest steam railroads. He faces two problems, his son Clement, who dislikes the bank, and Squire Griffin, who is antagonistic to the railroad project, and is using every influence to prevent it going over his land.
Houdini Gives Away Some Conjurers’ Secrets—Auto-Suggestion Leads to Easy Delusion.
JAMES C. YOUNG
MOST people who go to a séance want to believe, or they are fascinated with the possibility that unearthly things are about to be revealed,” Harry Houdini, the great magician, told James C. Young in an interview reproduced in The New York Times.
Ingenious Contrivance Provides Warning When Train Enters A Danger Zone.
THE RAILWAY AGE
BY A SYSTEM of magnets and electrical contacts between the apparatus on the roadbed and the train, an invention of Frank J. Sprague, brakes of trains are set and their speed automatically slackened when approaching danger areas or tracks temporarily occupied by other rolling stock.
Peculiar Quirks Develop on The Links if Players Fail to Concentrate.
GOLF balls have hypnotic potentialities, if stared at too long with too severe concentration, says Grantland Rice, sports writer, in the American Golfer. He -describes several incidents in connection with the play of expert golfers in proof of his assertion.
As Told by Some Representative Canadian University Girls, Who Are Graduating This Year, to
GERTRUDE E. S. PRINGLE
HUNDREDS of our Canadian girls have been attending university and eagerly absorbing its fascinations in such varied forms as lectures, gymnasium work, dances, sports, and debates, all of them interesting, although perhaps the “residence” part with its warm intimacies will linger longest in the pictures of memory.
Quaint Ceremony Where the Bridegroom Purchases the Trousseau. A Festival of Dance and “Beano.”
ALTHOUGH we hear not infrequently of Ruthenians, and have a vague idea that they come from Russia and Austria to make a part of the steady stream of our foreign immigration, few of us know that their mode of life differs greatly from our own.
Awgowan:—A Freshman from the Amazon Put nighties of his Gramazon; The reason’s that He was too fat To get his own Pajamazon.—Lehigh Burr. Why Either?—Shopper:—“I want to get a fashionable skirt.” Saleslady:—“Yes, madam; do you want it too tight or too short?”—Ex.