WE HAVE been asleep at the switch. Three years eight and a half months ago, Maclean's published an article, "What Price Europe?" by Erland Echlin, in which he foretold Hitler's plan for achieving German expansion in Europe. And throughout the sensations of the past few months, which were daily demonstrating the accuracy of Mr. Echlin’s news sources, we failed to remember what we had done!
AS THIS issue of Maclean's went to press, Premier Aberhart of Alberta had crossed his own frontier and was campaigning for a Putsch that would make a Social Credit vassal state of Saskatchewan. Senator Meighen was warning that as a result of Alberta’s debt legislation, Canada is “right on the edge of a crisis, and the crisis means disintegration.”
PREMIER ABERHART, facile platform and radio narrator of Grim Fairy Tales, continues to chill the spines of his hearers with stories of a small group of cruel and rapacious barons who, disguised as loan, trust and insurance companies, take a keen delight in making life unbearable for the people of the West.
IN THE hip pocket of our pants we carry a key-case. On its hooks there are at this moment seventeen keys. We have forgotten what ten of them are for. At home, in a drawer, we have a bunch of keys as big as your fist. All we know is that they lock up something.
Two men and a dog—and a feud as grim and relentless as the Arctic itself
SAMUEL CORNWALL GRESHAM was one of those fellows who have the blunt, square jaw of a fighter, and the will power to hold on. As a matter of fact he had a lot of fighting to do, because his habit was not to take advice but to figure out everything for himself.
Highlights from the sports parade of the last 35 years as recorded by a ringside observer
ELMER W. FERGUSON
THE ENTERPRISE was born in the front office of a Montreal burlesque theatre, one spring afternoon in early 1919. We had been talking of a new star that was blazing up over the fistic horizon, a young hobo, a semisavage killer with murder in his fists, named Jack Dempsey.
Another amazing chapter from the life of the Yukon colonel who strode through war and revolution to the rescue of a Queen
FLORA ALEXANDER BOYLE
WHEN the World War, which was to bring fresh and even more amazing adventures to my father, broke out in 1914, he was in his forty-seventh year, beyond the age limit for active service. Although accustomed to giving orders, he had had no military experience, nor was he the type of man to accept the regimentation and narrow discipline of army life.
A DEEP student of human affairs once said that the great struggles of history were not between Right and Wrong, but between the Right and the Partially Right. There is a depth of meaning in that remark, and there is no better example of it than the controversy which broke out in Britain following Mr. Eden’s resignation.
It's rather awkward for the man who discovers a murder when the room in which he says it occurred doesn't exist
BANDS were playing and seven suns were shining; but this took place entirely in the head and heart of Mr. Ronald Denham. He beamed on the car starter at the Regency Club, who assisted him into the taxi. He beamed on the taxi-driver. He beamed on the night porter who helped him out at his flat in Sloane Street, and he felt an irresistible urge to hand bank notes to everyone in sight.
The roar of the great machines opens a business battle and a certain young lady is caught in the cross-fire of divided loyalties
BURTON L. SPILLER
The story: Ousted from Nationwide Woollens Co. when Charles Daggett achieved control, Kent Harmon is on a fishing trip with his one-time assistant, Jim Bradley. They take a sick Indian guide to a village called Rainbow, and are surprised to find there an up-to-date textile plant that has ceased production.
A quick sketch of the new head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
THEY ALWAYS get their man” is a pregnant phrase identified in story, song and cinema with Canada’s scarlet-coated Riders of the Plains and Custodians of Law and Order in the Frozen North. Recently they got another man; but this one was no fugitive from justice; he was an honored member of their own organization, and they got him as Commissioner.
Started on a shoestring, co-operatively owned, the Vancouver News-Herald is unique among Canadian daily newspapers
EVERY morning except Sunday, Vancouver’s News-Herald appears on the streets of British Columbia’s capital with front-page headlines devoted to the more startling and bizarre of current news events; yet in all its six years existence the paper has never published a more unusual story than its own—the story of how a group of unemployed and relatively inexperienced newspapermen, in the days of deepest depression, ignored the scoffing of the sceptical and the grim recollection of unhappy precedents, and created a newspaper which today boasts the third largest morning circulation in Canada.
Crested Wheat Grass may solve the soil-drifting problem of the Western dry belt
W. J. BRADLEY
SCORCHING winds whip across the wheat belt. Great swirls of sand, lashed by the windstorm, darken the sky. The farmer watches his drifting acres and ponders the wisdom of seeding grain at all. His grimy face turns westward, and his gaze penetrates the dust wall for rain clouds which never come.
As an Englishman, I always read with considerable interest Mr. Baxter’s articles. They are ever of educational value; they enable one to gain an insight on the subject at a different angle, although it may be directly opposite to one’s own.
JUNE brings weddings; weddings bring gifts; gifts furnish homes, especially when the gift comes in the welcome shape of a cheque. It’s a sensible idea, and a mighty popular one, for parents and other members of the family to present their best wishes in round numbers.
THE Adventures of Robin Hood" is one of those wonder shows that come along once in a while and rock even the publicity writers back on their heels. This was lusty spectacle seventeen years ago, when Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., played the gallant Robin who fought princes and barons and established himself as a sort of unofficial relief administrator, robbing the rich to help the poor.
How Many Thirds?—Although it’s not yet twenty years since the end of the World War, it is estimated that only about one third of the world population can remember it. One third was too young at the time to know anything about it, one third have been born since then, and one third have died since.
Alack and alas, I’ve often thought, Some chaps have far more than they ought; Their riches mock provokingly My impecuniosity. Tom makes a lucky market shot, Dick’s uncle dies and leaves a pot, And Harry’s always owned a yacht— Things never break like that for me, Alack and alas.
Sleepy Town—A former resident was asking about the old town. “I understand they have a curfew law out there now,” he remarked. “No,” his informant replied; “they did have one, but abandoned it.” “What was the matter?” “The bell rang at nine o’clock, and almost everyone complained about being awakened!”—Ottawa Citizen.
ALWAYS eager to lend a helping hand to those in distress, Parade has gone to no end of trouble definitely to ascertain the officially correct pronunciation of the new name for our sister nation in the British Commonwealth which used to be known as the Irish Free State.
THE Attorney-General of Ontario, Honorable Gordon P. Conant, in a recent speech, urged Canada jealously to guard its national press. “Our geographic position, and our community of language,” said Mr. Conant, “have resulted in the flooding of Canada with American publications which are of necessity different in their complex, and present an aspect not always in accord with our conditions and our national aspirations.
CANADIANS who have heard Arthur B. Purvis, Chairman of the National Employment Commission, speak—and he has spoken in every province—have been impressed by the sincerity, action, common sense and business sense of the man who, for more than eighteen months, without remuneration, has unstintedly applied himself to the solution of our unemployment problem.
AFTER EIGHTEEN years the proofs of the first volume of Canada’s Official War History are in the hands of the Deputy Minister of Defense. It covers the Dominion’s war effort up to September, 1915. Eight volumes were planned. If it takes as long to compile the remaining seven as it did to compile the first, the last volume will be ready in the year A.D. 2063.