SOME DAY, if ever we have time to get around to it, we plan to make a profound study of the psychological effect upon humans of holes in the ground. Last spring we saw for the first time the Grand Canyon of Arizona. Until then we had considered the Canadian Rockies to be the most impressive natural spectacle we had ever seen.
SO FAR as the current election campaign is concerned, Maclean's, as at all times, is a mouthpiece for no party. Its policy is to support good government, irrespective of which party supplies it. It attacks mismanagement, bungling, personal or political favoritism on exactly the same basis.
WE HAVE a letter from a small town postmaster. He is a war veteran with a wife and infant. Because of war services he cannot undertake heavy work. His record with the Post Office Department is clean. He states: “In five years only one complaint has been laid against me, and that by the man who states that if the Conservatives get in he is going to get my job.
AT A meeting arranged by the Canadian Society for the Control of Cancer, we heard the representative of a large women’s organization declare that it was her experience that women didn’t want to be told about cancer; shrank from hearing it discussed; didn’t want their sensibilities wounded.
When his dad fails to measure up, it doesn’t leave a scary kid much to hang his hopes on. Hank and Phil were father and son—and each had a lot to learn about the other
AS THEY waited on the wharf Olaf kept wetting his finger in his mouth and holding it up to test the wind. It had died down now to a faint breeze, but it came from the north, always the north. The fire would still be moving south. From here you couldn't see it for the smoke that blotted out the mountains of Vancouver Island and hung dead, like a curtain of heavy woollen stuff, across the Straits.
AS THIS is written, Prime Minister King’s Blitzkrieg election shows little sign of Blitz. Actually, it is the oddest election, one of the dullest and most baffling, that Canada has had in a generation. Nobody seems to put much heart into it, or much salt or conviction, and many don’t seem to know exactly what it’s about.
LONDON, February 6 (By cable)—To have motored a thousand miles in the worst winter Europe has experienced for half a century, to have spent a day in the Maginot line and another day in a Maginot fort, to have mixed with the gallant men in the striking units of the British and French air force, to have stood on Vimy in a snowstorm just like the one raging when it was carried by the Canadians in 1917, to have visited a French memorial in Verdun where a million sons of France died to give to the world that immortal cry, "On ne passe pas," to have seen Paris for an hour and then return to an England buried in snow—all this is too much for an absence of eleven days.
Policemen quailed, fair damsels swooned, as into a startled world swaggered a new and glittering Philip Sneed
MR. SNEED’S eyes popped. (. . . Fiendish “Mike The Pipe,” his contorted features working like a barrel of mash, crept silently along the darkened hallway to the room of pretty Kitty Carstairs, who had spurned him. “Mike The Pipe” fumbled clumsily for the doorknob . . .)
The story of the world's biggest asbestos mine and of the company which operates it with mutual goodwill
JOSEPH LISTER RUTLEDGE
THE OBSERVATION car lacked some of the refinements of modern travel, but that was because on the three-hundred-odd working days and nights of the year it makes no pretense of being an observation car and is content to be everybody’s handyman.
Millions of gold below decks—and on the bridge Captain Malthus faced highjackers' bullets with no weapon at his command but a seaman's wits
ALBERT RICHARD WETJEN
CAPTAIN MALTHUS, of the freighter Cambrian, was slightly surprised when the summons came. It was true he had been with Binford & Soames close to forty years, and it was true that he knew Mr. Binford very well indeed, could almost call him an old friend.
IT WAS the other ex-Corporal—the Waterloo one—who once said that an army marches on its stomach, a succinct axiom widely quoted since. But in modem warfare its stomach is only one in the complicated category of things an army marches on. Fighting men must have food, and lots of it.
Climaxing a search that has led over half a continent, two men reach a showdown, on a bleak Arctic shore—for the future happiness of a girl
NO!” MURDOCK said stubbornly. “I won’t go back. Don’t you see? I can’t. I’d be arrested the moment I reached civilization. And I can’t fight now. My defense—my proof—it’s gone. I can’t go back with you.” It was two days after his announcement of the box being stolen, that Murdock made his blunt refusal.
— Winnipeg girl named Canada's leading woman athlete for 1939, is holder of the North American figure skating championship
SHE SAW the news vendors with huge placards in the streets of London that day—“Britain Declares War” —and she was every bit as disappointed as Hitler. Mary Rose Thacker, reigning amateur figure skating champion of North America, had gone to Europe to seek possession for her native Canada of the Olympic and world championships.
There are male fish in the Flores Sea which are henpecked. In the breeding season the male builds the nest, the female biting him to make him work harder. After some time the nest seems to be finished, but the female isn’t satisfied. She chases the male all round it, biting and snapping at him until he swims off to bring back more material.
How much do you remember of what you read and hear? Eleventh in a series not guaranteed to make you feel proud of yourself
ACCOMPANIED by a thrill of pleased surprise, it suddenly popped to mind that “Quiz” has a really distinguished family tree, reaching roots right back to Socrates, the eminent philosopher of ancient Greece. His claim on the average recollection lies only in the three crucial misfortunes of his life, for he was born ugly, married a shrew, and died a nasty creeping death after drinking a cup of deadly hemlock; but he is regarded, nevertheless, as one of the greatest teachers of all time.
Across 1. Canada’s biggest gold-copper mine. 5. Essential part of all spirits. 9. English plover. (“In the spring the wanton—gets himself another crest.”) 11. Next American President after Woodrow Wilson. 13. Any follower of John Wycliffe.
A RUBBER spring can now be made to outlast even a steel spring, it was declared by Dr. S. M. Cadwell, in a paper presented before a meeting of the American Chemical Society. This somewhat astonishing conclusion is the result of a series of scientific tests and a research over the past three years in the company’s laboratories, Dr. Cadwell reported.
ALTHOUGH the perfect state of the vegetable is the natural state, with all of its special qualities unimpaired, it is hard to imagine even a dietitian biting into a bunch of raw broccoli. So important are all of those qualities, however, that it is not surprising that nutritionists should concern themselves constantly with ever-better ways to conserve them, while increasing the palatability of the food.
Amateur War Winners—“There are many amateur strategists who look at a map and think they could win the war themselves,” says a military correspondent. Hitler is one of them.—Punch. It Doesn’t—Of course, if Communism worked, nobody else would.—Brandon Sun.
Evolution—Judge: “Your profession?” Witness: “Agricultural expert.” “What was your father?” “A farmer.” “And your grandfather?” “A peasant.”—Sarnia Observer. Good News—Visitor: “I can’t tell you how delighted I am, Mrs. Smith. My son has won a scholarship.”
We’ve given them food simply brimming With vitamins lush in each dish, We fed them on fruit juices daily And extracts from livers of fish. We took them away for the summer And drenched them in health-giving sun; We tried to do right by our children, What more could fond parents have done?
FOR YEARS we have struggled under the handicap of a merited reputation as a credulous person, ready, nay, eager, to believe everything we hear, holding staunchly to an abiding faith in the essential honesty of all mankind; in other words, a prize sucker.