As a rule, success is the triumph of common, ordinary virtues. A careful, painstaking habit is a sign of the genius that achieves. If we analyze the lives of most successful people, we find that they were not geniuses. We do not find that they had very marked ability but that they averaged up pretty well; that they had the habit of industry, of painstaking, of doing things to a finish.By Dr. O. S. Marden24 min
“It’s talking ’bout the weather That has made the weather vain. “WHEN Providence made the weather,” said the dear old lady, “there was some dependin’ on it. But now these here meteorolologists have got aholt of it there’s no tellin’ what to expect.”By John Holt21 min
IN its one-store days the Hoosier hamlet of Terhune had been content with a home-made post-office: not such as now ornaments the front of one of its modern stores, but a cage built in one corner of its only business room and pigeon-holed according to the alphabet.By J. Sanford Rickards16 min
The toll of the victims of tuberculosis grows smaller every year. When shall we be able to say this of that disabling disease which now counts its victims by the thousand where it used to count them by the couple. Theirs is the sad fate of the disabled, who must go on life’s rough way never able to walk as well again, never able to skate at all, or to dance or to run.By Helen MacMurchy15 min
IN the spring of 1907, Principal Falconer of the Presbyterian College, Halifax, took passage aboard a liner sailing from New York for Mediterranean ports. His objective was Greece and he had in prospect a pleasant summer wandering about and viewing the historicsights of that famous land.By W. A. Craick15 min
AGES ago the maxim “Let well enough alone” sprang from human experience, even as it re-issued from that of the Canadian Liberal party at the last general elections. It is approved by wisdom and very dear to the timid, the cautious, and the lazy.By Edward William Thomson14 min
“Tell you what I’ll do, Steel,” said the senior partner, studying the young man as he spoke, “cut down those estimates for the rest of it by about thirty thousand and I’ll share even with you on the profits.” The partners had been looking over blueprints and estimates for a new skyscraper which the firm was running up for the Standard Company down on St. Paul Street.By Edward J. Moore13 min
A WOMAN once pushed open the glass doors of a corner grocery store and made her way to its main counter. There was nothing in the least extraordinary or unusual about her and that is why her actions were significant for she typified the average Canadian housewife doing part of her daily buying.By John MacCormac11 min
IT WAS not yesterday that the fairy Fine Art set up her boudoir in Canada. She has been arranging ravishing toilettes in this beauteous land for quite two hundred and fifty years. At her Court, through many generations, companies of distinguished wielders of pencil, chalk and brush—foreign, naturalized and native-born—have been busily engaged in offering of their best for the decoration of her foyers.By John E. Staley11 min
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