AS we go to press, the Government’s unemployment insurance measure is before Parliament. In House and Senate, opposition members are protesting that insufficient time has been allowed for adequate discussion of the bill. Various business organizations are criticizing the proposed machinery and are doubtful as to the wisdom of putting it to work at this time.
IN the House of Commons on July 15, the Conservative leader, Mr. Hanson, stated that he had sent to the Minister of National Defense evidence that men seeking employment on airport and other wartime Government construction works in the Maritime Provinces had been told they could not be given jobs unless they had letters from the local Liberal party dispensers of patronage.
IMPORTERS of a number of lines of British merchandise tell us that in spite of war conditions they are getting remarkably fast deliveries and good service. Britain, of course, must sell goods. She needs the exchange. It’s part of her war effort.
A RECENT issue of the New York Times carried a most interesting full-page advertisement. Paid for by “a group of American citizens whose names and addresses are being filed with the State Department, Washington, D.C.,” it makes the proposal that the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the Union of South Africa form at once a Federal Union, proclaim their free principles in a common declaration, set up a provisional Inter-Continental Congress to defend them all, and establish the nucleus of a world Federal Union, modelled on the United States Constitution.
IT ISN’T very often that a magazine presents, side by side in the same issue, two articles on the same subject, with the respective authors agreeing in their interpretation of the facts recorded. Maclean's does it in this issue. On pages eight and nine, Bruce Hutchison and Raymond Clapper discuss the attitude of the United States toward the war, and the place Canada occupies in relation to the foreign policy of the Washington government.
She was Quarrel by name; he was that way by nature. One of them had to change —But which?
EDITH R. BRECHT
JASON Pratt’s quick brown eyes swept over the brisk smooth-flowing currents of traffic on the highway outside his windows, right where the highway crosses Newbright road. Then Jason’s eyes dropped to the momentary business at hand. “Life,” Jason observed, pressing a pat of ground hamburger into the hissing fat of a skillet on the electric stove at the back of his roadside diner, “is funny!" Something little—just a couple of words like a jibe—could start you doing something big.
Both Canada and the United States now realixe that they live on the same continent and, if necessary, must defend it together—Hutchison
FROM THE fourth day of July, 1776, when they declared their independence, until the tenth day of May. 1940, when the Low Countries were invaded, the American people never knew fear for their own safety, nor felt any real doubt about their own future.
Canada is a vital key to United States defense policy—Unless Canada is secure the U. S. is in jeopardy— Clapper
IDEAS of national defense have been developing and changing rapidly in the United States during the last few months. Events have moved swiftly since President Roosevelt made his Kingston speech, pledging that the United States would not stand idly by if Canada should be attacked.
lt's the spirit of the people which wins wars and makes great budgets possible
R. J. DEACHMAN
THE BEST way to study a budget is to take a few figures, put them down on plain white paper, preferably on a page of a popular magazine, and then proceed to dissipate these figures to the four winds of heaven and prove that after all everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds—and perhaps it is!
They wouldn't play the murderer's game as he wanted it played, while they knew a trick to counter it
WILLIAM ARTHUR BREYFOGLE
THEY HAD seen her from the cliffs of Innis Mor, and now she was back again. Nothing was strange about the dingy little steamer except the way she passed out of sight, heading west by south, and then returned. The brass telescope that Maurice O’Hart had from his father gave her flag as Danish, and a guess put her burden at not over six hundred tons.
THE GREAT pity of Ottawa these days is that so much of its action is backstage. Canada's greatest news story is not being told. Not being told, at any rate, with clarity, or with appeal. Ottawa is held by a veritable army of occupation. Generals and Colonels seem as plentiful as stenographers; technical advisers and consultants throng offices and hotels and clubs; orders pour out daily, swinging factories and mills into streamlined production; plans are completed in weeks whose details in normal times would have consumed years.
LONDON, July 22. (By cable)—July draws toward its close and the fateful month of August waits in the wings to take its place. Hitler has promised to be in London on August 15, when he will dictate peace terms. If he comes, he will have to arrive by parachute, for every man and woman in the country will bar the way.
From three thousand miles away on Lake Athabaska, fresh fish reach eastern tables in four days
THREE HUNDRED miles from steel, 600 miles northeast of Edmonton, self-styled “Gateway to the North,” we come upon Canada’s most northerly fresh-water commercial fishing. Up there, or as the Northerner says, “down North,” in the Mackenzie River basin, on Lake Athabaska, to be exact, a little below 60 North Latitude, fishermen are at work.
Expert advice on how to thwart the ills that threaten your dog’s health
SOMETIMES my dog acts as though he were trying his best to tell me something. It seems hard to believe he can’t speak. I wish I knew what he means when he looks right in my face and barks to me. Is that his way of talking? Do you suppose he thinks?” “Madam,” we should like to answer this letter, “we believe that when your dog barks to you, he is only beseeching you to think for him; it is certainly very likely that he is trying his best to tell you something.
In this startling and unexpected climax Joel Saber proves that hokum can be as useful as fact in trapping a crafty murderer
I STARTED in a hurry and it took me just under four minutes to reach Charley’s Bar. Elmer wasn’t there. He had been in every day lately, and I had just missed him by twenty minutes, they said. He had behaved a bit funny like. Usually he was so quiet, and today he had got noisy.
CREAMED dishes have a hundred and one variations—most of them economical and all of them good. They run the gamut from the simplest supper to swish refreshment for an evening party, from a plain accompaniment in the main course to the pièce de résistance of a meal, from one food served in a creamy sauce to a delicious medley of harmonizing ingredients.
FROM history we learn—what? That we learn nothing from history. For instance, here are a few quotations from the history of the Napoleonic era that sound like comments upon current events. France falls, and we hear of the perils to the Western Hemisphere:
Shearing Time—Over 500 sheep were sheared in Hyde Park recently. A large crowd of understanding taxpayers looked on.—The Humorist. Preparing for Sunday—A man in Illinois finds 176 four-leaf clovers in two hours. Another 100 and he’ll be amply protected for a Sunday afternoon drive.
Tongue-Tied—A man was renowned for his inability to think of anything to say to women. His friends were amazed when, the morning after meeting a strange girl at a dance, it was announced that he had become engaged. One enquired how it had happened.
FREQUENT grumbles are being heard from veterans of the 1914-1918 fracas whose efforts to enlist for this war have been frustrated by some physical disability that appears to the man to be no more than a minor blemish, as inconsequential as a hangnail, but that to medical examiners, following strictly a rigid code of standards, has seemed sufficient for rejection.
An animal hospital in London, England reports that lack of exercise, due to the blackout, and war nerves are responsible for the greatly increased number of dog-fight casualities. Dogs are very sensitive to the state of mind of their owners.
Rifleman Gilbert Rowe of the Queen Victoria Rifles, one of the defenders of Calais, said on his return to England: “When we were eight miles out from Calais in a small ship, we overtook a Royal Marine swimming strongly for Dover. We pulled him aboard, and he seemed quite fresh although he had been in the water more than six hours.