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Question—A.L., Victoria: Can you
kindly help me to get a list of travel books on Canada, especially about British Columbia?
Answer—There is a new book, published this year, called “The Glamor of British Columbia,” by H. Glen Ward. One of the best books on Canada is “A Woman in Canada” by Mrs. George Cran, which came out about fifteen years ago. Then quite new is “Teachers’ Trails in Canada,” being an illustrated review of the Canadian Tour of the British Educationists Party, 1925. Both Ernest Thompson Seton and Agnes Deans Cameron wrote books about the far northern wilds of Canada, and you can probably find copies of these in the public library, or else in the Parliamentary libarary, where you can obtain further information about other books dealing with Canada.
Question—M.L.: Will you kindly advise me through your columns as to names of photoplay purchasing companies, to whom I could submit photoplays?
Answer—-Buy one of the numerous magazines devoted to motion pictures and film stars, and you will find therein the names of the leading producers. However, the percentage of photoplays accepted from outsiders is so very small as to be almost negligible.
Question—J.G.: Can you tell me where to get a book containing information about the construction, repair and care of storage batteries, also one giving directions for the operation of a battery service station?
Answer — Here are three books — “Storage Batteries Simplified,” by Page Toronto, 1917; “Storage Batteries,” by Morton Arendt, American Technical Society, 1920, and “Service Stations Management,” by Chas. J. Jones, Van Nostrand, New York, 1922. Any good bookseller can order these for you.
Question—-Mrs. A.: Can you tell me of some good books to buy for my children, also some interesting adult books? What can I do to improve my children?
Answer—For children early to acquire the love of good books is of great benefit to them all their lives. When very young, they can be read to, and poetry of a high standard will help to form their tastes wonderfully. There are many delightful books for children, that stand the test of time, beginning with “Alice in Wonderland,” ‘‘Wild Animals I Have Known,” “Black Beauty,” Marshall Saunders’ books, Ouida’s “Two Little Wooden
Shoes,” “Hans Brinker,” Hans Ander sen’s Fairy Tales, “Little Women,” by Alcott; “Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare” and “Little Arthur’s History of England,” all are good. Read Tennyson and Longfellow to them, and you yourself will enjoy A. A. Milne’s verse, “When We Were Very Young.” You will find the children easily memorize the poems. For yourself well written biography is very entertaining and helpful, also autobiography. In your town there is an excellent library, and the librarian will help you to make a selection of worth while books. If in a home gentleness, courtesy and loving consideration to each other prevail, with an abundance of good books, and everything excluded that sullies the growing mind, the children should develop beautifully. I am averse to children being allowed to read the comic strips and accounts of scandal and crime.
Question—M.H.P.: Kindly let me know if there are any story competitions open at present, such as the author of “Wild Geese” entered? About what rate does MacLean's pay for accepted manuscripts? Are you needing stories?
Answer—I have sent you particulars of several competitions open to Canadians. MacLean's pay from half a cent a word to three cents, depending on the merits of the story. There always is an opening for a well-written, original story.
Question—Miss E. J.: Please send to me at your earliest convenience a list of matrimonial bureaux either in Canada or the United States.
Answer—We do not know of any such bureaus, and would not recommend them if we did. Judging from newspaper accounts, a good many cases of bigamy have their beginning in such things.
Question-—L.M.: I have a number of rose bushes. Can you tell me, please, how to make pot pourri?
Answer—Here is a recipe that can be modified if too extravagant:
Gather flowers (these may be roses, heliotrope, or any fragrant blooms) early in the morning, and toss them lightly on a table in a cool, airy place, till the dew on them evaporates. Then put them, a little at a time, in a large glass jar, sprinkling some salt over each layer, which should be about one-and a half inches deep. Flower petals may be added to from morning to morning, until enough have been gathered. After the last have been put in, let the jar stand for ten days, stirring the whole every morning. Have
ready the following, well mixed together: One-quarter ounce of mace, half-ounce allspice and cloves, coarsely ground, halfounce grated nutmeg, half an ounce cinnamon broken in small bits, one ounce powdered orris root and quarter pound of dried lavender flowers. A little dried lemon verbena is also good. In a rose jar put alternate layers of the flower petals and the mixed spices. As you progress, add a few drops each of the following perfumes upon each layer, viz: essential oils of rose, geranium, bitter almond anti orange flower. Finally pour over the whole an ounce of your favorite toilet water. The spices and perfume mentioned are enough for a two-quart jar. This mixture will remain fragrant for years. By removing the cover for a couple of hours, a room can be made to smell very sweet.
Question—W.C.: I am a young man, twenty years of age, with an eighth grade education, and a farmer by occupation. I would like your advice in regard to aviation as a career. • I find I must have a University education. Could I take up special subjects in high school and university work and so complete the total course in shorter time? Is there any school making a speciality of such courses. Any information will be much appreciated.
Answer—There is in Toronto a correspondence school that coaches students, j preparing them for matriculation. Then , you could take some of your university j course by correspondence, extra-murally. Address Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont., about this. Be sure that you will not be over the age limit though by the time you have your university degree, for you could hardly attain to this in less than four, years when you have not yet matriculated.
Question—Mrs. F.L.: I understand there are music books which make teaching music delightful both for teacher and pupil. Can you tell me of any suitable for my small children, who have not had any musical instruction yet? Also a collection of choice vocal selections from grand opera?
Answer—First Solo Book, by Angelo Diller & Elizabeth Quaile, can be followed by the second and third books of this name, which also come in duet form. Another book using the latest method of teaching is Artistic Studies and Pieces, by Mrs. A. M. Virgil. Then “Children’s Musical Moments,” by Stella Morse Livsey (Price 85 cents), and “Teacher and Pupil”, by Low (price 65 cents). Vol.
1, Four-hand pieces, are also recommended. As for a book of selected songs from grand opera, these are no longer obtainable in Canada, the old edition of some years back having been pirated before the law of international copyright became tightened.
Question—I.R.: How can I become a cartoonist? Is there a field in a small town for a young cartoonist?
Answer—The ordinary course is to attend an art school and get a thorough grounding in drawing, from copying simple objects to life models, with other subjects, such as anatomy, perspective, etc., also taken up. This means some years of study. Then if a student’s talent leans toward caricature, while studying he will gradually learn about possible openings for this branch of drawing. While a beginner might be able to dispose of an occasional drawing in a small town, he would find it difficult to make a living at it. There is, however, a correspondence course to be had. I would like to know what experience in drawing lessons by mail any of our readers have had?
Question—L.M.:(1) Would you kindly advise the writer how to get in touch with the different literary societies of the smaller towns and country places. (2) Is it possible to combine reading with library work?
Answer—This correspondent would have received a full, personal reply only that she omitted to enclose stamped, selfaddressed envelope, and the address on her letter was entirely illegible. (1) These not being listed or classified in any way, the only thing you could do would be to write to the newspaper there and ask them to forward a letter for you to the head of any such organization. (2) To a limited extent.
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