THE STORY: Having jailed to borrow money in London for the building of a railroad from Montreal to the Pacific coast, Premier Sir John A. Macdonald persuades a group of Canadian business men to finance the road. In Yale, B.C., to which point the railroad has been constructed from the West Coast, a gambler named Bulldog Kelly stages a card duel with another Kelly, better known as The Rake.By ALAN SULLIVAN32 min
THESE NOTES must begin with a confession. It is that at this moment those who are backstage at Ottawa know little more about what is happening, or about what should happen, or about what is going to happen, than those who are front-stage. Not in thirty years have pre-election trumpets sounded so uncertainly, or has there been as much doubt about who shall go forward to battle, or under whom, or about what.By A POLITICIAN WITH A NOTEBOOK9 min
EASY does it. I don’t mean that you should sit down and do nothing, or be too happy-go-lucky in your house-keeping. I merely suggest that you adjust your programme to suit the weather. A temperature of ninety in the shade or thereabout calls for good management.By Helen G. Campbell8 min
DOES CANADA’S 400th birthday fall on August 13 of this year? It does if we date our national age from the day when the name of our country was first heard by a white man. This day in August will be the 400th anniversary of the day on which the Indians gave us a word that has become the name for our country.By RICHARD B. MATHEWS5 min
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