June 1, 1931

The Silver Scale 23

The Silver Scale

MR. LEOD McLEOD, Procurator Fiscal of MidArgyll was known throughout that county as the “Monarch of the Glen.” He deserved the title, if only because of the shape and set of his head and the distinction of his features. A Highlander, full length, in oils, dignified as a mountain, touchy as a squall, inscrutable, comic in the Greek sense.
The Man at the Wheel 1011

The Man at the Wheel

PROUT, who is my uncle’s butler and as dignified as only a genuine pre-war butler can be, came gravely into the library where I sat digesting my luncheon, trying to remain awake and all but failing. Said Prout, as one announcing an event of national importance: “Mr. Tolliver to see you, sir.”
Sunrise for Peter 1617

Sunrise for Peter

THE Newfoundlanders were moving to the Somme. Three days “D” Company had marched through a sunbathed, picturesque part of France, fragrant with flowers and fruit trees, pleasing to the eye. Peasant women in the fields had smiled at them, and children had clapped their hands and shouted Bon chance.
The River Without End 1819

The River Without End

ON HIS first trip to Canada in 1534, Jacques Cartier never got beyond the salt waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. When he came back in the following year he brought with him two Indians whom he had captured in the previous year, and these Indians were his pilots when, after reaching the Gulf, he pursued his explorations westward.
Nova Scotia's Treasure Island 89

Nova Scotia's Treasure Island

PIRATES’ gold! Who is so unromantic that he never has experienced a desire to trail the long-lost doubloons of some sinister sea robber to their mysterious lair, to unearth a chest full of pieces of eight and live prodigally ever after? In Canada, the stern and forbidding coasts of the Maritime Provinces are traditionally the repositories of buried treasure.


THE experience of Canadian investors with that type of financial vehicle known as the Investment Trust does not date farther hack than five or six years. On the whole, it has not been a happy one so far. The vast majority of Canadian “trusts” were formed during the boom era of inflated security prices, and when the crash came in the fall of 1929 they rode into the storm, sails full spread, with a cargo of high-priced stocks on board.
That Sap Sam 67

That Sap Sam

NO, ED, I’m not sore on you and I’m not backing out of showing you the good old town. Then why did I stand off there when your taxi stopped? Didn’t I see you? I sure did. I saw you trying to tip that taxi driver. Fact is, Ed, a chap in stocks and bonds, even if not working, has to be careful.


DURING the summer of 1930 a party of four men accomplished a feat that must have caused many an old-time railroad pioneer to stir in his sleep. In two months this party gathered data on the location of a rail outlet through the Rockies from Peace River to the Pacific coast that ordinarily would have cost 200 men more than three years of wilderness sojourn, toil and hardship.
Brickbats and Bouquets 5657

Brickbats and Bouquets

American magazines coming into Canada contain quantities of articles which on the surface are calculated to enlighten us regarding world events, but which in reality are pure propaganda intended to produce an erroneous impression of things which bear upon our lives.
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What it means to be Secretary to the Prime Minister

OTTAWA’S busiest man is not the Right Honorable R. B. Bennett, Minister for External Affairs, Prime Minister, Minister of Finance. That proud or doubtful eminence, have it as you will, belongs to Arthur W. Merriam, Mr. Bennett’s private secretary, also Mr. Bennett's shock absorber, guide, philosopher and friend.
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