ON the twenty-second of November, 1905, the last spike in the main line of the Canadian Northern to Edmonton was driven, in the presence of the most interested crowd ever assembled in that remarkable country. Present at that spike driving was a big, black-haired man with streaks of gray and a square-set jaw; a man of striking build, after the pattern of the great labor leader, John Burns.By AUGUSTUS BRIDLE20 min
THE best judge did not die with Brutus, but the impartial friend has not yet been born. For one to tell a friend’s faults would be ungenerous; to recount his virtues superfluous. As surely as a man’s sin will find him out, a man’s strength will be found out, If his light can be hidden under a bushel, we may be sure it is but a one candle power light.By GEORGE HORACE LORIMER, IN APPLETON’S BOOKLOVERS MAGAZINE21 min
WHEN Robert A. Ammon, a member of the New York bar, was convicted, after a long trial, on the 17th of June, 1903, of receiving stolen goods he had, in the parlance of his class, been “due” for a long time. The stolen property in question was the sum of thirty thousand five hundred dollars in greenbacks, part of the loot of the notorious “Franklin Syndicate,” devised and engineered by William F. Miller, who later became the catspaw of his legal adviser, the subject of this history.By ARTHUR TRAIN, IN AMERICAN ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE26 min
WHAT is a rebate? Strictly speaking, a rebate is a sum of money secretly paid back by a railroad company to a favored shipper as a refund upon his freight rate. And in this narrow sense, rebating is undoubtedly much less common than formerly. But the people, who are unaccustomed to making close distinctions—to whom stealing of any one of the seventeen kinds known to the law is still plain stealing—use the word “rebate” in a much wider sense.By RAY STANNARD BAKER, IN McCLURE’S MAGAZINE19 min
TWO years ago no Chicago teamster dared to appear on his waggon without wearing the yellow button of his union, the Teamsters’ Joint Council, which was the largest and most powerful union organization in the city. “As the teamsters go, all labor goes,” was the saying.By ISAAC F. MARCOSSON, IN WORLD'S WORK18 min
A portrait of Ellis Parker Butler, author of the now famous story "Pigs is Pigs," is one of the features of the December number. The romantic serial “Prisoners," by Mary Cholmondeley, reaches its second installment. There is a pretty set of colored pictures depicting “The Child’s Christmas," while in an article on “The Story of American Painting," several very beautiful examples of the work of American artists are reproduced.
IT is a pretty well-known fact that the automobile had its beginning, and in the first few years its chief development, in France, but just what the automobile means to France is little appreciated. It is known that every year a good many machines are manufactured and sold there, and at prices that must aggregate a good deal of money.By FRANK A. MUNSEY, IN MUNSEY’S MAGAZINE14 min
WHILE to the great mass of mankind "Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care" is the period of rest, in which the overwrought mind recuperates and recovers its vitality, it would really seem as if the minds of some exceptional people are then most awake, for in sleep they have accomplished things which completely baffled them during their waking hours.By RUDOLPH DE CORDOVA, IN GRAND MAGAZINE13 min
THE greatest idea in modern English life was evolved by a handful of starving men caught like rats in one of the forlornest spots on earth. There was a strike in the flannelmills of Rochdale. The English flannel-weaver was, and is, wretchedly underpaid; on what he earns in a month an average family might exist normally perhaps three days.By CHARLES EDWARD RUSSELL, IN EVERYBODY'S MAGAZINE13 min
QUEER things come under the auctioneer’s hammer in cosmopolitan London. From an idol’s eye to a lock of Napoleon’s hair nothing is sacred to the auctioneer. It is odd, too, how the most gruesome relies will always find a ready sale—bloodstained garments and handkerchiefs worn by victims of assassinations or criminals on the scaffold or guillotine, bullets that have brought death, cases containing mummies, or skeletons, and so on.By J. A. MIDDLETON, IN PEARSON’S MAGAZINE13 min
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