Julie de St. Laurent was the mistress, and possibly the morganatic wife, of Edward, Duke of Kent, the soldier father of Queen Victoria. But Julie's own story had been lost for a hundred years, until a chance encounter with descendants of the children Julie and Edward left in Quebec led McKenzie Porter to the portrait he draws here
To the Beauharnois power company, rights to harness the white water on the St. Lawrence River were almost priceless—but not quite. The exact price, in fact, was $700,000 for the Liberal war chest, a raft of personal bribes to senators and fixers and a couple of fat partnerships. It was “the most barefaced public steal in more than fifty years”By Ralph Allen18 min
who once described the late Mackenzie King in a book called The Incredible Canadian, now describes another: “After all, an army general who rejects war as unthinkable but probable, a trained psychiatrist who considers the world violently insane, and the most successful Canadian headline stealer of his time must surely be a repulsive character. Brock Chisholm isn't"By BRUCE HUTCHISON18 min
When Tom and Elsie Marsh drew a horse in the Sweep last spring, life speeded up for them and almost everybody else in Squamish, B.C. The $140,000 they were going to win was the hottest subject in town — until the climactic moment when their horse fell downBy ELSIE MARSH16 min
This year and next two thousand people are spending sixty million dollars pursuing the lofty aims of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. They'll turn out millions of words, a few ideas, and they may get one or two things done. Maclean's overseas editor reports on the hopeful adventure that many critics are calling history's greatest boondoggleBy Leslie F. Hannon15 min
A SLUSH FUND, in the lexicon of the practical politician, is made up of contributions to a political party to help it win an election. These contributions usually come from corporations, organizations and individuals. Remembering there are many forms in which a contribution can be made, it is fair to say that this is the method whereby all the major political parties in Canada are financed.By JAMES SCOTT14 min
A bare forty whooping cranes have just summered in the Northwest Territories — the last of their species. A Canadian naturalist who has made an intimate study of these wary creatures describes how we killed them off, and how we might still make the west safe for their survivorsBy JOHN A. LIVINGSTON12 min
Flame — millions of acres of it — roared across the northern bush this year. Here is how the men in helicopter cockpits and on hand-pumps fought the fires, curbing some—narrowly surviving some of the othersBy Peter Gzowski11 min
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