BROTHER ACTS and sister acts always have had a popular appeal.
Remember the bewhiskered Smith Brothers? The Seven Sutherland Sisters?
Certainly you have heard of the Five Dionne Sisters, who became internationally famous overnight by a simultaneous arrival.
And if you've never heard of the Cleghorn Brothers, Sprague and Cdie, please, we lieg of you, don't even hint that to a real hockey fan. He’d be frightfully upset.
Sprague Cleghorn himself has been frightfully upset on a good many occasions. As a result, his head and face still show signs of neat hemstitching. His legs have been reknit three times.
Which is what you get in professional hockey for being what the sports writers call an “iron man" or a “bad man." Which is what you're called when you let brotherly love continue by knocking out a player who has just damaged your brother.
The story of Sprague and Odie Cleghorn's twentyfive years in hockey is as exciting as the final game in a drawn series. Most of the excitement is caused by Sprague, but Odie is not to lie sneezed at. Bless you, no.
For ten years they refused to separate. Then they were rivals. And ultimately they joined forces to win a world championship with Les Canadiens.
On page eight there begins “It’s a Tough Game," Sprague Cleghorn's own story (written in collaboration with Frederick Edwards) oí his disasters and triumphs as player, coach and manager in the world's fastest game. There will be four parts, each packed with twofisted action.
J CUR NATURE talk today, friends, concerns that leaping amphibian, the frog, and the little-known guppy.
The frog has been used as a character in juvenile fiction, and, by Walt Disney, as a screen actor. But, unless we are very much mistaken, never, until this issue of Maclean s, has a frog raised a man from goodfor-nothingness to high estate, put a village on the map, saved a bank and brought two lovers together. lí you will turn to page five, we shall now call on William Huse, Junior, to show you “Jumping Jehosaphat. ' You may laugh all you want to, hut you mustn’t poke it.
Now about the guppy. The guppy, like the goldfish, may lie kept in a glass bowl and regarded as a pet. We have a friend who once kept guppies and nearly lost his wife. The guppies were assorted. In no time at all he was moving out furniture in order to accommodate more glass bowls. The guppy is very prolific.
Apart from that, the guppy is a simple creature. You d never believe it possible that a guppy could
solve a murder mystery. Yet one did. Reference: “A Footstep Outside," by Leonard Falkner. Page ten, Maclean's, November 15.
WHEN A smart girl such as Sarah McVickers is seized with a violent desire to hurl the telephone through the office window immediately following a making-a-date conversation with her steady young man, it is obvious that all is not well. The trouble with Sally’s young man was that while he was very regular in the fixing of luncheon dates and dinner dates and movie dates, he just wouldn't fix a wedding date. A cautious lad, he doubted that two can live as cheaply as one. Whereas Sarah believed that if you love anybody sufficiently, the thing to do is to forget about economics and get married. If you have any interest at all in getting married, or in being married, or in not getting married, you certainly ought to be interested in “If You Love Enough," by Claire Wallis, on page fourteen.
We doubt if the farmers in the drought belt of Saskatchewan and Alberta have in the past showrn much interest in the daily weather reports from Mexico, but there is evidence that the presence of a crop next year may depend on whether the Mexicans have heat prostration or colds in the head. Carrying on Maclean's investigation into our drought problem, Robert Ayre has been interviewing meteorologists and geologists. And the former claim that in the conflict between the air currents from the Gulf of Mexico and the air currents from the Arctic, something has gone wrong with the frictional mechanism which, in good crop years, results in rain in the Canadian West. See page sixteen for Mr. Ayre’s report.
(J STURGEON RIVER is one of Ontario’s newest and most picturesque mining camps. Leslie MeFarlane desenlies it on page nineteen.
Is Germany preparing for war? If she isn’t, Willson Woodside finds it difficult to understand what he saw going on all over Germany this summer. There’s food for thought on page thirteen.
(J A WINNIPEG newspaperman, V. V. Murray, just burns up over the charge that there aren’t any real Canadian playwrights. On page twelve he demonstrates how easy it is to get great gobs of Canadian atmosphere into a play. Reports that the Stevens Committee will investigate charges that Murray has a secret arrangement with the egg, tomato and unfresh vegetable producers are vigorously denied.
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