"YOU MAY remember the story of the restaurant diner who, having perused the menu, ordered devilled crab. "Are you sure you wouldn't like the roast beef?" asked the waiter. No," replied the diner, "I want the devilled crab." "The roast beef's very good," insisted the waiter.
THE COVE was a giants’ punch bowl carved out of high jagged rock by centuries of northeasters, and the swells of the Atlantic rolled into it through a narrow bight. Fifty crazy steps led from the roadside down to the water’s edge. The young man, gathering driftwood, built his fire in a hearth-shaped niche of rock and looked around for a flat stone.
INHERENTLY—and financially—I’m a talkie fan. Factually, I yawn at the talkies and then go home to brood over the pulp value of my stock certificates. If you ask me what is wrong with the talkies I counter with the query: What, beyond the mechanics of photography, is right with them?
MAN from time immemorial has derived his most satisfactory moments from kicking about something. This was all very well when there was something which needed a first-class piece of reforming. But the list of things we can reform, even through the passage of the centuries, is comparatively small; so most of us, not endowed with too much imagination, turn to the things which, like the poor, we always have with us.
IF TIME and space were illusions and it were possible immediately to project ourselves into all parts of the British Empire, we would at this moment be astonished at the prevailing concentration upon things athletic. For this is the year when the senior sports champions will compete at London, England, in the second Imperial Games; and the schoolboy stars of the Empire will run, jump and throw in the City of Melbourne, Australia.
LOBARR—that was still a name to raise a stir of comment in Verano Valley. And even though hard times had fallen since the day when the first Rodriguez and Ricardo Lobarr had struggled up riverbed and canyon wall over half a century before, that name stood yet for a fierce dominance and vigor there.
HEAD OF US, shrouded in smoke and mist, lay Liverpool. Suddenly the sea seemed full of ships. The handful of passengers on the cattle ship, S. S. Manchester Regiment, leaned on the rail and stared, fascinated, at the changed scene. For ten days we had rolled and pitched our way across a white-capped ocean.
KENT POWER’S long slim fingers were weaving out the subtle melody of Brahms on the small grand piano when his man, Hicks, slipped into the room and announced, after the music had died regret fully : “A young lady to see you, sir.” The training of a superior English servant is aimed at the production at all times of a complete impassivity of countenance.
THE POLITICAL capital of British Columbia is filled at this time of year with an unutterable peace. In the cool offices of Government you will find men who don’t seem to have a care in the world, a boyish Prime Minister who seems to have shaken off worry by playing eighteen holes of golf at Oak Bay before breakfast, a Finance Minister with an empty treasury who can always find time to tell you about the fly fishing on the Cowichan last week-end.
C. AUGUSTUS POWELL still referred to Melisse proudly as “my kid.” He liked to think of her that way. But sometimes, on a wistful note, he wondered. Lydia said, "Leave Melisse to me; a mother knows what is best for a daughter.” For years she had been saying it, gently and surely, and he had accepted her word lor gospel.
JUDITH, across the breakfast table, had been speaking to me for a half minute or more before I got the meaning of her words. My mind was a confusion of conjecture and unbelief over my experience of the night before. The thing didn't make sense, no matter which way you turned it.
For many months Maclean's has waged an editorial campaign designed to arouse public opinion to a realization of the gravity of the financial chaos that inevitably attends unchecked governmental spending and borrowing. We have urged a National Plan, or programme, that will guarantee, within a reasonable period, balanced budgets for the provinces and the Dominion; that will straighten out our incredible debts, eliminate waste and reduce taxation.
THREE RIVERS, the Quebec city which celebrates its tercentenary this year, has many claims upon the attention of the historian, but it is doubtful whether any page of its romantic story is more impressive than the part played by its sons in opening up the Canadian and American West.
THE MOST efficient capitalist in the world is the newsboy. He makes 200 per cent a day. How? By keeping his money and his goods moving. He starts in the morning with fifty cents. He buys twenty-five papers and sells them for seventy-five cents.
IT TOOK about an hour and a half for Pancho Villa (Wallace Beery) to grow up, raid and conquer Mexico, burn, loot, murder, marry, get himself elected president, and finally die by assassination in front of a butcher’s shop. From which it may be seen that "Viva Villa" is a fairly compact and stirring picture.
In the Far East it is Regarded by French Authority as Unassailable
IT IS generally expected that the next great war will be waged in the Far East, where Japan, Soviet Russia and the United States have conflicting interests, and that the Japanese navy will play a large part in the war. Regarding this fleet, Magazine Digest, in an article condensed from Science et Monde (Paris) states.
THAT British rugby football is popular in the United States as well as in Canada is indicated by comments recently made by Literary Digest. Though few people are aware of the fact, there is an Illinois Rugby Union and a Missouri Valley Rugby Union.
In an editorial complaint headed “Purge the News Reels,” in your issue dated June 15th, scenes in connection with an escapade of the bandit Dillinger are the subject of adverse criticism. What did appear was mainly in a single issue of one of the four news films circulating in this country.
AWAY BACK last winter when Jack Frost was doing his stuff, didn’t you long for the time you could get outdoors—to sit on the porch, drive out into the country or enjoy such pleasures as summer brings to all of us? Well, now that it’s fair and warmer, I hope you are making the mest of an all-tooshort season.
Poor Inheritance—If the meek ever inherit the earth, they’ll find their property pretty heavily plastered with mortgages by those who were not so meek.—Kitchener Record. Aristocracy—Under a new scheme in England a census is to be taken of all dairy cows.