THIS is a story without a tree or a green field or a bit of blue sky in it, the tale of a man and an idea worked out in the fever-heats of a sordid city and through great smoking towns of furnaces, roaring machinery and men stripped for rough toil. The man is George Walbridge Perkins, the brilliant and much-reviled young partner of John Pierpont Morgan, “dean of American finance,” and the idea is the United States Steel Corporation’s method of dividing profits with its more than two hundred thousand employes—a shadow of the economic bridge over which, it is said, humanity is about to pass from the age of competition to the age of co-operation.By James Creelman in Pearson’s Magazine30 min
“I HAVE no great likin’ for thim mesilf,” said Patsy Moran, skilfully lighting his pipe from the one that Tim had silently handed him and settling back comfortably on his end of a Central Park bench; “yet ’twas only me good luck saved me from bein’ wan of thim.”By Arthur Sullivant Hoffman in Everybody’s27 min
THAT old mountebank and tinsel charlatan, Napoleon the Third, Napoleon the Little, Napoleon the hero of shabby exploits and reactionary dreams, wrought in his lurid day infinite evil and, unconsciously and unintentionally, some fragments of good.By Charles Edward Russell in Cosmopolitan21 min
THE cattle boat of fiction and the one of reality are vastly different. For my part, I think that most descriptive stories on this subject have been overdrawn. The stories cling too close to the tragic, many of them are written by those who have petty grievances to air, they are for the most party too sombre, too hopeless, and in a large measure unjust and unfair, for conditions on a cattle boat have undergone radical changes within the last decade.By Test Dalton in Windsor21 min
THE Mississippi was “up”—which means that the river was having the usual spring “rise” and that where once a dreary width of parched mud extended for a hundred yards beyond the fringe of sapling willows that lined the railroad embankment there was now a swirl of deep water—and in consequence the row of ten or twelve shanty-boats had moved in and were tied close up to the bank so that only a short plank was needed to form a landing-stage.By Ellis Parker Butler in Cosmopolitan19 min
Saving the Militia ............................Spectator (June 15) The Yunan Expedition of 1878. Gen. H. A. Browne..Asiatic Quarterly The Crushing of the Dervishes. Walter Wood and Geo. Hamilton.... ....Royal The Alabama Veterans.
THE applause died away; the orchestra, wearied with six hours’ almost unceasing toil, hastily packed up their instruments and disappeared into mysterious little rabbit-holes beneath the stage; and those singers who had not yet hurried away to change into more modern attire met and shook hands and congratulated each other on a successful evening.By Ida R. Wylie in Royal18 min
IT looked like a good thing: but wait till I tell you. We were down South, in Alabama—Bill Driscoll and myself—when this kidnapping idea struck us. It was, as Bill afterward expressed it, “during a moment of temporary mental apparition”; but we didn’t find that out till later.By O. Henry in Saturday Evening Post17 min
WE are often reminded that the relations between employer and employe to-day are not directly between the head of the corporation and every individual workman; and that in the main is true. But this seems to be regarded as fatal to the whole idea of personal relations; and that, emphatically, is not true.By Hayes Robbins in Atlantic Monthly16 min
IN that picturesque Canadian country called Quebec there are practically no trusts. It is a land without a Carnegie, a Rockefeller, a Morgan, or a Harriman. It is the idyllic home of the small farm and the small factory. The railway octopus has practically no grip on this northern Eden.By Herbert N. Casson in Munsey’s14 min
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