IT happened because at the psychological moment, when we had accepted an invitation for a ten-days’ yachting trip with the Van Arsdales, the nurse’s second cousin fell off a ladder, fractured three ribs, and was carried home in an ambulance.By F. K. Scribner29 min
THE Pacific salmon-pack year by year adds to the world’s wealth a sum greater than the combined output of all the gold mines in the Yukon. The canneries of the Culumbia alone paid out sixty million dollars in workers’ wages during the last quarter of a century and sent a hundred million dollars’ worth of canned salmon to the waiting breakfast tables of the world.By Agnes Deans Cameron24 min
IT had always been understood that Cordelia was to write. The pen was a kind of legacy in her family, a Fletcher and a writer being almost synonymous. The understanding had been in a measure unconsciously expressed at the haptismal font, when she received the name of that ancestress who had shared with several other ladies the privilege of denomination as “The Tenth Muse,” a few centuries before.By Grace Ellery Channing22 min
MY name is George Cuthbert, and I am on the pay-roll of a large retail jewelry firm, though you would never guess that unless you had a daughter married, or celebrated your silver wedding, or something of that sort. Even then, when I presented myself at your house in frock coat or evening clothes you probably would pay me the compliment of momentarily doubting my introduction.By Churchill Williams21 min
IT is generally supposed that after his thirtieth year, it is the bounden duty of a good citizen to settle down as soon as possible into the stereotyped decorum of middle age. I am happy to say that in my own case I have found this view of affairs to be quite incorrect.By F. W. Rolt19 min
IT sometimes happens that a man disobeys instructions and is thereafter commended for his wisdom by his employer. It may be that the employer was misinformed as to conditions, or that there has been an unexpected change in the situation, or that, being no more infallible than any other mortal, he himself has made an error, and it thereupon becomes the duty of the employee to act with discretion and demonstrate that he has a brain of his own.By Elliott Flower18 min
MEN who have seen war in the field smile when they think of The Hague. We know that although the dove may be permitted to hover around to eaves Infinite Satire will be the presiding genius of the counsel chamber. The relative importance of each delegate will be measured solely by the killing power of the nation which he represents; for heavy is the tax which international society lays on the “climber.”By Frederick Palmer15 min
WITH a long-drawn “Whoa!” the driver pulled up. We were on the slope of a low pass which seemed to separate two vast vales. To the south were bluffs covered with poplar, just turning from green to gold. To the north, perhaps a hundred feet below, lay a lake dotted with wooded islands, and along its farther shores we could see the scattered homes of many settlers.By Herbert Vanderhoof13 min
IF the stars came out only once a year we would all go out to look at them. This thought was suggested in glancing at the career of many prominent business men—men who are superlative successes and who are really not identified with public life; men whom we know well, see every day, move with, live with in very truth—yet for this very staleness of custom fail to appreciate their bigness, their real worth and their service to the world.By C. D. Cliffe13 min
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