READERS of MacLean's frequently inquire what features in the magazine attract most favorable comment. This is often very difficult to answer, owing to the fact that only a small fraction of his readers’ views comes to the ears of the editor.
BLUE RUIN CRY IN WEST IS NOT BORNE OUT BY FACTS; EFFICIENT FARMERS SUCCEED
There Are Exceptions, of Course, But in the Main Industry, Initiative and Intelligence Have Met With Success, Even in These Recent Slump Years
B. P. ALLEY
ONE two, frequently the West and hears Blue that Ruin, these are inseparable companions these days. The main reason given for this alleged deplorable state of western affairs is that the industry of agriculture is at a very low ebb where the unfortunate persons engaged in it cannot make a living, to say nothing of the profit on their operations which everyone but a rank Socialist will admit is the just and proper due of any man engaged in an industry so essential to the well-being of us poor food-consuming and clothes-wearing humans.
THE Secretary of State of the Signory of Florence urged his mule across the bridge that spans the Misa, and drawing rein upon the threshold of the town of Sinigaglia, stood there at gaze. On his right to westward the sun was sinking to the distant hazy line of the Apennines, casting across the heaven an incendiary glow to blend with that of the flames that rose above the city.
ETIENNE ST. DENIS stood with arms spread on the topmost rail of the split-cedar fence and moodily gazed across the river to where the wooded heights of Point Levis shimmered and danced in the pitiless heat of the noonday. Down the road from the direction of Beauport a distant dust cloud appeared and the black object which preceded it slowly resolved itself into the soutaned figure of a very corpulent priest, who shuffled wearily along the road humming spiritlessly to himself, the while he wiped the dusty sweat from his shining forehead with a pudgy finger.
TOWARD the end of 1921 MacLean's Magazine and Hodder & Stoughton offered, jointly, a prize of $2,500 for the best Canadian novel submitted by June, 1922. Several score manuscripts were received, a number of conspicuous merit. The judges awarded the prize, after prolonged deliberation, to Gordon Hill Grahame, for a story located in, and around, Quebec and Montreal when Canada was New France.
TOM was fifteen, with all the dignity which goes with the matriculation year, sat like a king in the hammock, bolstered up with some of the best pillows out of the drawing room, while at his side, on the floor of the verandah, stood a vinegar bottle half-full of a colored fluid made from half of a jar of red currant jelly, a prodigious amount of sugar and cold water.
THE other day I was stopping at a house in the country. A boy aged six was exploring my waistcoat pockets as I sat in the smoking room: his mother sitting opposite me was regarding him with proper maternal pride. And then, suddenly she looked at me.
SO FAR as concerns the mental condition of any individual, nothing is more illuminating than to observe that particular part of the morning paper to which his attention is first turned. Thus one may determine who is interested in finance, property, agriculture or politics.
THE library in Reeve Coolidge’s house was a separate room with a flight of steps on either side, one leading down to the short corridor that connected with the main building, the other descending to a courtyard from which there was easy access to the side road.
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Balkan State is Trying Conscription of All Able-Bodied Workers, Between Certain Ages, Except Married Women
THE NEW STATESMAN
UNDER the Compulsory Service Act of 1920, an article in The New Statesman informs us, every young, able-bodied Bulgarian is required, subject to various exceptions and limitations, to perform certain work for the state. The act applies to men between the ages of twenty and forty, and to women between sixteen and thirty, married women alone being exempted, under specified conditions.
Other Nations Have Lagged Behind These Two Countries in Development of Aeronautic Resources.
FRANCE to-day is the most powerful nation on earth because she has maintained and developed an air force almost equal to those of all other nations combined, claims Howard Mingos, writing for the New York Times, and he adds that Japan is rapidly following France’s example.
This Phrase, From Brother Jocundas’ Lips, Preceded His Year’s Internment, Without Food, and Resulted in “Miracle.”
E. W. JEFFRIES
A QUAINT tale of the fifteenth century, which he “claims to have unearthed ” in one of the monastic ruins of England, is told by a writer signing himself E. W. J., in the Manchester Guardian. The authenticity of this story, to say the least, is “doubtful”—even ridiculous.
Russian Dictators Abandon Dream State Idea—-Moscow is a City Which Belies Statements of Abject Poverty and Filth
F. A. MCKENZIE
THE Communist party, which governs Russia, as is now pretty generally known, has abandoned the full enforcement of Communism, for the reason that it found that as things are to-day it was impossible to enforce it. The dream state in which each was to work for the good of all; where there was to be no profiteering, no exploitation of the poor, no officialism and no oppression, proved a failure.
Lady Rhondda Points Out That the “Flapper” is Not so Very Modern—That Women Should Develop All Their Powers.
DEALING with “The Girl of the Period,” Mrs. Lyn Linton wrote in the year 1868: “No one can say about the modern English girl that she is tender, loving and retiring. Men prefer the girl of the past with her pretty modest ways.” She complained that girls “only cared to dye their hair, paint their faces, dress extravagantly and use slang.”
After Aerial Superiority is Decided, Victor Will Occupy Enemy’s Territory
A. A. WALSER
LEADING masters of military science all agree that the larger principles of war are unchanging, but that the methods of applying these principles are constantly subject to change. It is for this latter reason that the great powers are each and all devoting so much attention to the development of aircraft and aircraft accessories, since in the closing stages of the Great War the direct powers of offence against ground objectives possessed by aircraft were so efficiently manifested.
Present Italian Minister to U.S. Twenty Years Ago Was a Worker in Mine
THE life of Prince Don Gelasio Caetani, twenty years ago a laborer in the mines of Idaho, and to-day Italian ambassador at Washington, reads like a novel, like a story spun out of the imagination of some able creator of fiction, declares a staff writer for The Outlook.
Page Pussyfoot—An indulgent husband may be all right if his indulgence is limited to a small glass.—Sydney Post. Alternatives—It is only a question of time until every pedestrian will have a car or wings.—Windsor Border Cities Star. Can Such—Another way to succeed as an amateur gardener is to have more persistence than a weed.—Winnipeg Free Press.
WHEN SHE REQUIRES A NEW DRESS OR HUBBY WANTS ANOTHER SUIT, SHE BUYS RAW WOOL AND WEAVES THE GARMENTS ON OWN LOOM
GERTRUDE E. S. PRINGLE
THERE was a sudden lull in the afternoon tea conversation and a soft, well-modulated voice with a distinct English accent was heard to remark: “Yes, I wove it myself.” Mrs. H. H. Stansfield dropped her very blue eyes down at her dress and raised them a moment later to her husband who sat across the room.
THERE are very few homes, no matter how humble, which do not boast of a porch in some shape or form. It may be small; it may be a front or a back veranda; it may be an upstairs balcony; but it is usually something which will accommodate a couple of chairs and a table.
THE day when fruit was regarded as a luxury is gone. The present day dictum is “fruit salads and vegetables every day” and fruit in most homes is served as a staple food which has been found to enter, almost essentially, into the scheme of nutrition and it has formed an important part of the complete and efficient dietary.
Mrs. G. M., Montreal, writes as follows: Referring to your correspondent’s enquiry regarding convalescent nursing, would you pass along the information that there is a class for Trained Attendants in Montreal, the graduates of which are thoroughly trained to take charge of non-serious and convalescent cases.
Fashion decrees a longer skirt. Will lovely women wear it? A maiden with a shapely calf Will doubtless grin and bare it.—Ex. Answered Prayer—“What’s Deacon Boggs looking so glum about?” “He prayed to the Lord to deliver him from temptation when he went to the city, and the Lord did.”—American Legion Weekly.