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Question—E.S.E.: Kindly furnish me with the names and addresses of a couple of good clipping bureaux in Canada, preferably in Toronto or Western Canada.
Answer—In Toronto there is the Canadian Press Clipping Agency, 143 University Ave., and in Quebec City, the International Press Clipping Agency.
Question—Mrs. M.: Where can I secure a chattel mortgage on household furniture in good condition?
Answer—It is difficult to get this kind of a loan, as the security is not regarded as good. A high rate of interest is usually charged. I have sent you an address where you can apply for such a loan.
Question—M.D., Maritimes: Please inform me by what course of study, after high school, one can become a teacher of mathematics?
Answer—To specialize in mathematics it is necessary first to matriculate and then to take an honor course in mathematics at a university, a four year course. This is the ruling in Ontario. Write to one of the Nova Scotia universities or the Department of Education, Halifax, N.S., for the regulations in that province.
Question—T.H., Saskatchewan: Can you inform me where to obtain statistics regarding British trade with her colonies?
Answer—The Statesman’s Year Book gives data on this subject but if you want
detailed figures you should send for the Blue Books, issued in London by the Department of Trade and Commerce. A small fee is charged.
Question—M.B.: Is there any way of judging the age of a lovely rosewood melodeon which I have just bought from a second-hand man. It is in excellent condition and has a plate on it with the words, “Geo W. Marshall & Co., Materloo, (either N.Y. or N.S.).”
Answer—These melodeons are not uncommon. The specimen you have was evidently made in M'aterloo, N.Y., about eighty-five years ago.
Question—E.M.: I have the words of a song being set to music. M hat should be my next step regarding a copyright? What will a copyright cost in Canada and the United States^ and what royalty is usually paid?
Answer-Write to the Trade Mark and Copyright Branch, Parliament Buildings. Ottawa, for a copy of the Copyright Act, which will give complete information. Unless you intend publishing the song at your own expense, you heed not concern yourself about taking out a copyright; the publisher does that. Royalty is a matter of personal arrangement with your publisher. Sometimes it is so many cents on each song after a certain number have been sold to defray expenses.
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