BROTHER ACTS and sister acts always have had a popular appeal. Remember the bewhiskered Smith Brothers? The Seven Sutherland Sisters? Certainly you have heard of the Five Dionne Sisters, who became internationally famous overnight by a simultaneous arrival.
SOME PEOPLE get the breaks. They eat rich food off gold and silver dishes, and a limousine waits for them at the door. Some people don’t get the breaks. For them, nothing waits at the door but the wolf. That was Mr. Leander Seavey’s simple philosophy of life.
PEOPLE SEEM to like to ask questions of hockey players, even when they ought to know there isn’t a Chinaman’s chance of getting a sensible answer. “Are ya going t’ win tonight?” “How’re ya feeling, kid?” That sort of stuff. Well, the fan’s guess is as good as the player’s on whether the team’s going to win; and even if he were suffering from a complication of deadly diseases and running a temperature ’way up above the century mark, no player in his right mind is going to broadcast it.
OUTSIDE, the wind pulled at stark tree limbs, trailed streamers of snow through the dark, but in the little grey brick outbuilding it was as hot as high noon in the Nicaraguan jungle. Long glass tanks stood around the walls, some clear, others a tangle of tape and hair grass, cabomba and crystalwort, their liquid depths dark mirrors of moving color—tiny blue and gold platyfish, green and silver swordtails, black mollies, red tetras, brown paradise fish, jewelfish, guppies and barbs.
FOR YEARS there has been considerable squawking among critics and others about the lack of Canadian plays. The cry has gone up for Canadian plays for Canadians, about Canadians, and with a genuine Canadian background. That cry, I wish to announce, has been answered.
STAND BACK! When this bomb explodes it will throw a shower of liquid fire!” It is in Berlin, at a great Nazi Exposition; a squad of Goering’s Air Defense men are demonstrating to the crowd how to act in case of attack from the air. This is the third type of bomb which they have set off.
THE VOICE of the girl at the desk phone was discreetly low. "Did you have a good week?” The question was rhetorical, as flat as the multiplication table. "Oh, so-so,” replied the man two miles uptown. "Their accounts were in pretty bad shape, but we ought to wind things up out there in a few days.”
BECAUSE OF a kink in the atmosphere over the Gulf of Mexico, tens of thousands of Canadians on the prairies of Southern Saskatchewan and Alberta have had their livelihood snatched away from them and today stand on the brink of destitution. Under a rainless, unpitying sky, hundreds of thousands of acres that a few years ago yielded bumper wheat crops have been turned into dunes of drifting soil.
LUNT STRAYHORN sat in the old cowhide-seated rocker on the shanty porch and cracked his knuckles. Mrs. Strayhorn came and stood in the door, wiping suds from her hands. They were big, strong-looking hands for such a pinch-faced, withered, little, old woman.
CERTAIN OF the country's business leaders have privately expressed themselves as being worried by the growth of radical publications in Canada. They suggest that somebody ought to start counter-propaganda journals to woo readers of the first-named sheets back to “sound thinking.”
LET'S HAVE a look at Jellicoe, one-time Canadian National Railways divisional point east of Port Arthur. About a year ago the hotelkeeper at Jellicoe thought he was having a big day if half a dozen guests showed up for meals. If a stranger appeared in Jellicoe the populace turned out en masse to gape at him.
THE STORY: Patricia Wellington, spoiled daughter of the wealthy senior partner of a Chicago mining company, is engaged to marry Warren Lovett, the junior partner. Previously she had been engaged to Craig Tarlton, a young man employed by her father, who disappeared after a quarrel with her.
WHEN HAS a poet achieved fame? Must his name be carved in stone, and his books be in all the hbraries, and his life story all neatly set down in print in Who’s Who? Or is there a nearer, more intimate fame, vague perhaps and elusive, not easy to catalogue but none the less real, that people may acquire in their lifetime?
THERE IS THIS about the early Russian revolution: The people in it were so busy attacking and counter-attacking that nobody took time to set down a discriminating account of what was actually taking place, so that the moving-picture people have it pretty much their own way.
Tests in Recording Conditions all Over the World Help Meteorological Forecasters
THE BELIEF that a serious drought such as harassed Western North America this year may some day be accurately predicted and prepared, is expressed by Charles Fitzhugh Talman in The New York Times. Whatever cosmical or other universally operating factors may underlie them, the changes, small and great, that are continually going on in the complex pattern of the world’s weather are quite obviously controlled by changes in atmospheric circulation; in other words, by changes in the world’s wind system and the areas of high and low atmospheric pressure associated therewith.
ACCORDING TO Morris Markey in The New Yorker, eighty-two people in New York alone disappear from their homes or from their ordinary way of existence every day. The author continues: That is the average. It is an eternal yet a fantastic thing, this urge to shake off the past and get going afresh.
U.S. Expansion Proves Unsatisfactory: Will he Content to Live Within Own Borders
THAT THE United States has abandoned an imperialistic policy and intends in the future to live within its own borders is the gist of an article by Ferdinand Tuchy in The Sphere (London). He states in part: The date of Philippine independence has been ticked off on the calendar, and United States has arranged to withdraw from the black Republic of Haiti before 1936.
A Pot of Tea Contains Tannic Acid Sufficient to Relieve a Very Severe Case of Burning
AN ARTICLE in Readers' Digest, condensed from an article in Country Gentleman by Paul de Kruif, points out that during the past few years a great advance in the curing of severe burns has been made— and by a remedy so simple that to a certain extent it can be applied in the home before a doctor arrives.
THE INDIAN population of North America is no longer decreasing, says an article in the Literary Digest which reads in part as follows: For approximately forty years—since about 1895, the Indian population of the United States and Canada has been increasing.
A Calamine Violet, If You Know Its Significance, May Lead One to Mineral Wealtb
THAT VEGETATION on top of the earth indicates the kind of mineral that may be found below is stated as a fact by “a metallurgist” in Chambers’s Journal, Edinburgh. According to the writer: Today we have evidence that rich mineral deposits have been discovered in all parts of the world through no other medium than by observing closely what vegetation was most profuse in that particular part.
WHEN THEY SAY at Kingsley Farm that the place is doing well, more likely than not they are thinking less of farming than of the men who work the farm, for Kingsley is one farm in Ontario where they do not measure profit by the yield of the acre. In the heart of rich farming country not far from Toronto itself, commanding nearly 400 productive acres, it is a profitable farm, no doubt of it.
One of the advantages of reaching old age is being able to check up the facts in articles written about old-time events. Regarding “An Inside History of Canada,” October 1 installment, in which the difficulty of raising money to complete the C. P. R. is mentioned; it will be remembered by those of us on or near the work that Donald Smith, George Stephen, and J. J. Hill of the Northern Pacific Railway came to the rescue of the Canadian Government and the C. P. R. in the last years of construction and raised the money.
IN A recent issue of Maclean's Arthur J. Phelps says: “Canada can no more stay out of the next war than she can out of the rain when it falls . . The only possible terms on which Canada might keep clear of war would involve a completely intellectualized and ruthlessly imposed Quaker passivism with acceptance of all involved.”
TOWARD 1840, a Scottish lad named Donald Smith sailed for Canada to become a fur-trader. At Montreal he applied to Sir George Simpson, governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company for a job. Giving him a keen look, Sir George said irascibly: “I doubt that you’ll make a good fur trader, Smith.
THIS "hotel de luxe” was built in the historical old town of Macleod, Alberta, on the Old Man River, nearly sixty years ago. After the western boundaries between Canada and the United States had finally been surveyed, the I. G. Baker Company of Fort Benton, Montana, established a combined trading post and hotel in the new fort of the North West Mounted Police.
Dear Reader: For the sixth successive year, this district has experienced drought and consequently crop failure. Our Minister of Agriculture, Hon. J. G. Taggart, says this is the worst year since the drought commenced. Can you visualize what this means to people who have passed through these six years to meet each year with worn-out farm machinery, with inadequate clothing and bedding, and with many things in the home in need of replacement?
1. Moving from place to place. 5. A sweet, sticky fluid. 9. A recluse, a gem, and a game. 13. A seed-germ. 15. Stalactite of frozen water. 16. Mark of a British second lieutenant’s rank. 17. Unfasten. 18. Mass of masonry supporting an arch. 19. Pertaining to the nose.
THE MAN of the house cuts short his interviews. “We can discuss that later. It must be nearly supper time.” The children appear from play. “Mom, isn’t it nearly supper time?” One of the grown-up “children” back for a week-end suggests: “Supper time?
Advice to Wives—Wives, if your husbands give you everything you ask, that just proves one thing. You are not asking enough.—Montreal Star. New Sign of Wealth—The index of wealth in the United States is no longer so much the number of horses in the stable or cars in the garage, as the number of kidnap guards on the premises.—New Westminster British Columbian.
Cause and Effect—“How is Jack?” “Flat on his back.” “Why, I saw him dancing with a blonde last night.” So did his wife.”—Calgary Herald. Nonchalant—The mistress of the house entered the dining room just as a burglar was in the act of purloining the silver.