ONE of the developments of the past few years is an arrangement by which writers sell their literary wares, for simultaneous serial publication, in several different countries. This is a distinct step forward, as, by this means, a vastly larger and more cosmopolitan body of readers is obtained for all meritorious material.
TRADE PENDULUM SWINGS SIGNIFICANTLY AGAIN FOR BUSINESS UPTURN
J. HERBERT HODGINS
WITH a continuance of such healthy, indices as expanding export trade, ready absorption of Canadian loans both in the domestic and New York money markets and the prospect of a 300,000,000 bushel western wheat crop to market at higher prices than a year ago, the Canadian business man enters the autumn season with a warranted confidence.
Question— Do you consider the stock of the Standard Bank a good investment for a woman? What is the present position of this bank?—M.J., Renfrew, Ont. Answer—Last year the Standard Bank had a readjustment. It wrote down its reserves by $1,250,000 to meet losses, and $1,000,000 to establish a contingent reserve. The bank is now considered to be in a sound condition. After a rather eventful year for Canadian banking the result shown by the January, 1924, report of the Standard Bank appears to be quite satisfactory.
Question—Do you consider the Confederation Life Association a safe company in which to insure? Is this considered one of the sound companies?—L.T., Sarnia, Ont. Answer—The Confederation Life Association is one of the strong insurance companies in Canada.
"I DON’T give a hoot for the usual notions, Marjorie. I can’t feel that a wife has much of a claim upon a man simply because she’s borne him a lot of babies, or scrubbed many a dish pan, or let herself go to pieces in humdrum fealty to him. It’s a very different sort of thing that counts.
Fundamentally, most of us are not crooks, but there are some queer kinks in human nature.
IT WAS quite a simple thing for a person of Slim Alf’s calm effrontery to walk into the hospital and ask to inspect the register, on the rather vague pretext that he was a lawyer looking for the address of a client in one of the wards; and once with the register in his hands, the bare space of five minutes was all he needed.
WHEN Wolver Stark saw the wild sheep fall, he thought he had lost it for good. So far as he could judge from the place at which he fired the shot, it went clean over the edge, and he concluded that the shattered hulk would not come to rest for 1,000 feet or more.
A SMALL party of Alberta celebrities was toiling, single file, up the steep ascent back of Spirit River to view the country. Zig-zagging like a snake fence down the rocky trail staggered the rough, ill-kept figure of a man. As he neared the little groups of notables he stopped, swayed dizzily before the first man in the party who drew back in horror, for the fellow’s face was smeared with blood that ran from a wound in his head and trickled off his chin.
The phantom lights startle Billy Stone again—but this time lead him closer to a solution of the amazing mystery.
BERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
MARKHAM had seen nothing more impressive than rocky shoreline backed by thickets and shadowy forest. It was ten o’clock when they got together aboard the Wasp. They rested awhile, ate luncheon, and went ashore to talk with Joe Molter about timber and land and such chances as the B.C. coast offered a man who had to make his way without much capital.
MANY an interesting craft has slipped quietly out of Vancouver harbor, during its fifty years as a port, through the First Narrows, past Prospect Point, and melted into the track of the setting sun upon some mysterious quest. But it is altogether likely that no more interesting craft, or one carrying a more interesting complement, has left this port than that which left a trail of smoke behind her she passed up Point Grey upon a certain January day of the present year of grace.
CAL’S first impulse was to drive to Plainville and tell Minnie everything. He felt that he had come to an impasse in his life where he must lean on other judgment beside his own. His house of dreams had collapsed, shattered by a blow under a clear sky, a blow unheard and unseen by any neighbor, and he was writhing amid the ruins.
Protective Vacuums — The boatrocker knows he is safe. You can’t sink a head like that.—Nelson News. Funny and Sad—It’s funny about nature, making prunes more healthful than strawberries.—Toronto Star. Still Suffering—Grandma’s rheumatism used to suffer when it rained; now it is her complexion that suffers.
ANY WOMAN WITH DEFT FINGERS CAN DECORATE INEXPENSIVELY WITH BATIK
During Summer Holidays, or Those Busy Weeks Preceding Christmas, Many Charming Bits of Work May Be Created Which Will Well Repay Labor Involved.
GERTRUDE E. S. PRINGLE
"WHAT will my little Ann do when we are all away?” asked Ann’s mother, as, after parting instructions, she was about to say goodbye to her younger daughter. “I’m going to make Batiks,” exclaimed Ann happily. “You know the new family next door?” she continued.
Question—W.V.K., Ontario: I am thinking of taking a course in metallurgy and wish to know if any of the universities in Canada give a correspondence course in this subject? Answer—It is possible that Queen’s University, Kingston, might give part of this subject by correspondence, but as it is one that calls for a good deal of experimenting and laboratory work, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to cover the whole course by correspondence.
THE distinction of individuality is the sign of the well-planned home. In nothing is there a more divided opinion as to what constitutes the nearest approach to the idea than in house design. Alice cannot endure pokey places; Betty would die of loneliness in a rambling country house.