ONE of the oldest and truest of the Gallic gibes at the English was that they "took their pleasures sadly.” Matamus caelum non animum ("We change our skies but not our temper”), and if old Froissart could comment on this hybrid Anglo-Saxon civilization of ours he would need to change only one word—we "take our pleasures strenuously,” What else could be expected of a nation, one dominant influence in the founding of which had for its motto, “Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do?”By WOODS HUTCHINSON18 min
IT ISN’T often that a town like Kilo has a real journalist in its midst, and when it does have, it ought to be proud and thankful; but right at first Kilo was more dazed and startled than anything else. I should say that Kilo, when it acquired the real journalist, was like a nice, motherly old cow that had gone out into the back pasture with the best and mildest intentions in the world to have an ordinary, gentle, wobbly-legged calf, and then found, all of a sudden, that she had given birth to a wheelbarrow loaded with fireworks.By ELLIS PARKER BUTLER28 min
IN the last number of the Fort-nightly Review I ventured to discuss the quality of the Opposition in the House of Commons, and found it “feeble”—unable, with few exceptions, to take effective advantage of the opportunities so plentifully offered by the Government during the Autumn Session.By AUDITOR TANTUM17 min
THE modern captain of industry has achieved another triumph in undertaking to make cities to order. The creation of a city in the ancient world involved the problem of conquering and defending a pivotal site; the location and development of a metropolis in the days of our revolutionary forefathers was the combination of possibilities and circumstances; but the past fifteen years have been signalized by the making of cities to order either to gratify the pride of an autocrat, or to meet the necessities of modern business.By ERNEST CAWCROFT14 min
IN THESE peculiar days a clerk on a salary of thirty dollars a week may live in a palace much more splendid than most of the royal residences of Europe. He may have at hand all the luxuries and all the conveniences that twentieth century ingenuity has been able to devise, and have a thousand servants at his beck and call.By E. L. BACON13 min
HE WHO goes to Wall Street goes to buy an income or to speculate, and if he seeks a larger income than the minimum interest rate his income-purchase becomes in itself speculative. “I never speculate in Wall Street,” says a merchant, “I only buy outright for investment.”By FRANK FAYANT12 min
The latest Canadian to be honored by the bestowal of a title by His Holiness Pope Pius X. is Rev. Father J. J. McCann, rector of St. Mary’s church, Toronto. Father McCann is also vicar-general of Toronto arch-diocese, the present bishop being the third who has appointed him as his administrator.By R. P. CHESTER11 min
AS a man I am interested to some extent in clothes—in fact I have to be, whether I want to or not. It is all right to affect disregard for the styles and conventionalities of life, but few persons care to be written down as freaks. Man may talk learnedly of being superior to his surroundings and so utterly oblivious to what is taking place that it matters not whether his trousers are too long, his vest too short or his coat too small.By G. B. VAN BLARICOM10 min
FROM time to time we are reminded by the moralist of the assiduous and anxious thought which must be given to the management of large fortunes. No part of this anxiety, save in exceptional conditions, arises out of a fear of the actual loss of bullion, specie, or plate; it originates rather in those subtler risks attending the fluctuations of stocks, the rising and falling of market prices, and the profitable or unprofitable investment of capital.By W. A. ATKINSON10 min
THERE be all sorts and kinds of publicity promoters, but the theatrical press-agent occupies a unique position all his own. As a professional booster he stands unquestionably supreme. He is a real, unadulterated “Class A” article, and he pales all other seekers of free advertising into insipid insignificance.By BARNETT FRANKLIN10 min
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