NEXT time you’re thinking about the possibility of the Russians moving out from behind The Iron Curtain to occupy Western Europe take a look at your history. As Walter Lippmann reminded us recently, this is not the first time the Russians have pushed westward.
IT’S TIME we got ourselves a new calendar. The Gregorian Calendar, on which Western Europe and all the Americans operate, is an irregular hodgepodge. Its quarters are unequal, its months are of different lengths in irregular order, and its 52 weeks don’t come out even.
EVERY now and then some worshiper of conformity bobs up to complain about the fact that two languages are spoken in Canada. We ran into one such the other day and were reminded of what Italy’s Foreign Minister Count Sforza told us in Rome earlier this year.
ONE reason why McKenzie Porter writes well about new arrivals to this country (“immigrant Makes Good,” page 21) is that he is a recent immigrant from England himself. Mr. Porter flew to Canada last March under the joint auspices of Ontario’s Premier Drew and Lord Kemsley, whose group of U. K. newspapers carry his stories from Canada regularly.
IN WHAT are known as “Ontario political circles,” there is a slowly congealing belief that George Alexander Drew, leader of the only Conservative government in Canada, is being groomed as a sort of North American Churchill. Drew’s repeated attacks on Communism, his warnings of the dangers of war and his demands for preparedness at home have a Churchillian flavor.
Here is Newfoundland, "no mean addition to any nation.” A rugged Nature shaped it, a proud hardy folk people it
LESS than two hours out of Sydney, N.S., by air, the streak on the horizon .solidifies. Within minutes the headlands rise sharply angled out, of the sea, craggy and forbidding from the air. The Atlantic piles white edges against their blackness.
NEWFOUNDLAND, with an area of 42,734 square miles, is the 10th largest island in the world. It lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence separated from Quebec in the north by the Strait of Belle Isle and from Cape Breton on the south by Cabot Strait. It is the most easterly part of North America and is about 1,800 miles from Ireland.
Bella thought she had everything but Lake Erie’s weather under control. When the storm was over she learned the truth
FRED K. JASPERSON
WHEN Bella Mooney hired Turk Roarty to skipper the Hubert M, she did so for special reasons. His cocksure blue eyes reminded her of her husband, Hub Mooney, who had drowned fifteen years ago. Bella had thought when she hired Turk that she could vent on him all the orders she had wanted to give to Hub.
The world needs a religious revival to stop its rush to ruin, Sheean believes. And he thinks such a revival may be at hand
AMONG the hopes expressed by the late President Roosevelt in public speeches there was one which tends to stick in the mind even under unlikely circumstances. That was his wish, hope or desire that a rebirth of religion would come to protect the world from the disasters he foresaw for it.
IMET Barbara in jail. I was there as an observer with the permission of the Ontario Government. Barbara was there because she was a prostitute. She was one of many whose stories I heard. Barbara, at 22, is completely defeated. She has a bad heart as a result of a syphilitic infection and she is a drug addict.
UNLESS something happens to make the race between Governor Dewey and President Truman closer than it looks at this writing, professional political interest in this campaign will remain focused largely on contests for seats in the Senate and House of Representatives.
THE ELECTION of Mr. St. Laurent to the leadership of the Canadian Liberal Party has interested us in Britain from more than one angle. In the first place it proves once more the unpredictability of political fortune. Those words of Shakespeare still ring true:
THE WEEK before the emergency 25% excise taxes were abolished, a backbenching M.P. went to Finance Minister Abbott and made a personal plea. “Don’t lift those taxes, Doug,” he urged. "Why, they’ve saved me over a thousand dollars ince last November. Every time my wife has me argued into buying something new for our house, can put her off by saying that 25% extra makes just too expensive.
Professor Bow knew no one could hate like a Spaniard, but that didn’t stop him from keeping a promise
HIGH among the summits rang a cry like a hunting horn’s. Henry Bow, exchange professor of history at a French university, glanced from the window of the little three-car electric train. Through the glass of the window, he felt the sun’s heat on his tanned, thin face, meditative and humorous. He was thirty-six, with wiry, dark hair, slightly receded from the temples, and long, gangling, grey-flanneled legs. A worn leather jacket was zipped open over his khaki shirt. On the seat beside him lay a disreputable tweed fishing hat and an old valise on which his onetime military rank, major, had been paiainted out.
These charts may save you time, money and embarrassment. Take the tailor who sewed a black suit with red thread
C. FRED BODSWORTH
RECENTLY a young man graduated after a two-year course in a Canadian radio college and obtained a position with a firm which installs and services wireless sets on ships. On his college written and oral tests he had obtained high marks repeatedly, but in his practical work he had occasionally been very careless.
Daring, cautious, fearless, timid, the contradictory cougar can be all around you —and never in sight
NORTH AMERICANS generally rate the cougar as mean, vicious and cowardly. Dozens of men who have never seen so much as a cougar’s track have expressed this view to me most emphatically. Some experienced woodsmen, despite contrary evidence, have said much the same things.
So you broke your leg in an accident? But are you sure that, deep down inside, you weren’t asking for trouble?
JOHN BROSIUS is dead. The coroner’s report says that it was an accident. But psychologists and psychiatrists have a different theory. They say it was a case of unconscious suicide. Here are the facts. Judge for yourself. John was explaining “Russian roulette” at a picnic at Girardville, Pa. “You put a single cartridge in a revolver, spin the cylinder, point the gun to your head and then pull the trigger!”
This is still the land of opportunity to men like Art Magor — a year ago a Cockney workman, today boss of his own business
ARTHUR MAGOR, a 36-year-old Cockney, landed in Ontario under the Drew Air Immigration Scheme on Oct. 17, 1947. He had $300. Today he is head of his own decorating business. He employs three men on his permanent staff and several more sporadically according to contracts in hand.
DARKNESS had settled in the swamp, but there was still copper-gold daylight over the creek when Jess Landry poled his flatbottomed boat up to the mud bank. He was late. Stepping ashore, he slid the craft to level ground with a swing of his arm and reached for the burlap sack in the bow.
YOU can’t get too much of a good thing” was apparently the motto of the authors and composers whose works are quoted below. Some of the excerpts are from familiar poems. Others are from wellknown songs, both old and new. Can you name the piece from which each is taken?
After reading James H. Gray’s “A Tourist Talks Back” (Maclean’s, June 1) I, as a citizen of a tourist town, would like to give my side of the story. To be very frank I dread the summer months ... I walk into my favorite grocery store, find a cart and try to shop; I spy a cake, rush to pick it up and just as my hand is upon it another hand snatches it ... I line up in the queue when first thing I find is someone nudging in front of me—she . . . simply must get back to the cottage for the forenoon swim, while my husband eats cold beans for dinner.
Short Short—Father: I’m busy. Be short. Son: I will. I am.Nanaimo Free Press. Planting the Idea “Look at Smith over there in the corner buried in thought.” “Mighty shallow grave, isn’t it?” Niagara Falls Review. Mete Reply—Customer: The new butcher across the street is giving you tough competition.
PROPRIETOR of a dress shop in Vernon, B.C., was delighted when one of his brighter clerks, after announcing she was about to be married, added that she would like to continue working. He’s beginning to wonder now, though, when he finds himself with a dreamy-eyed bride gracing the establishment.