A DINGY six-story apartment building in downtown Ottawa is the nerve centre of the Canadian Navy. There are no grand arches, like London’s Admiralty arch; no splendid setting in the heart of the capital. In London, the Admiralty faces Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, and at its back is St. James’s Park, with Buckingham palace in the distance.By GRANT DEXTER6 min
IF YOU think you have a tough job handling the eternal triangle of three meals a day you might like to hear about someone who has a tougher one—and does it extremely well. He’s the cook, or cooks, on His Majesty’s Canadian Ships—stout fella, if ever there was one, whether among the pots and pans in his galley, or at his action station in a scrap.By HELEN G. CAMPBELL6 min
VICE-ADMIRAL Percy W. Nelles is in supreme command of the Canadian Navy. He is the first Canadian ever to attain the rank of vice-admiral. There are, indeed, only two rungs of navy rank above him— admiral and admiral of the fleet. In terms of the Army, he is the equivalent of a lieutenant-general.By GRANT DEXTER5 min
SPREAD ACROSS Canada are eighteen Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve Divisions through which the Royal Canadian Navy gains its recruits. Since the outbreak of war, naval recruiting has taken place mainly through these divisions, and preliminary training of the newly-entered men has also been undertaken at these inland centres.
“Hon. Angus Macdonald, Minister for Naval Services, regrets to announce that H.M.C.S. Spikenard, a corvette, has been sunk by enemy action. All five officers and fifty-two of the sixty ratings are missing and must be considered lost. The next of kin have been informed.”
BEFORE the war many British Columbians felt that West Coast concern over Japanese immigration was treated altogether too lightly in the East. Therefore ironical smiles greeted the news that the Ontario Cabinet had rejected proposals that Japanese be taken east to work in Ontario lumber camps and on sugar beet farms.
WHAT IS the Canadian Navy? How does it operate and who are the men who serve it? What does the Navy do? How is it commanded? It is no disparagement to admit at once that Canada’s is a “little ship” Navy. As most Canadians well know, we started this war with a mere fifteen vessels, only six of which were destroyers.By KENNETH R. WILSON11 min
INTERESTING sidelights on literary tastes in the wide open spaces are supplied by Mrs. C. B. Elliott, library convener for the I.O.D.E., at remote Rocky Mountain House in northern Alberta. Among the regular patrons of Mrs. Elliott’s library, where an investment of twenty-five cents entitles a card-holder to read 225 hooks, are sheep herders and Indians.
AT THIS writing the bill deciding the precise character of the plebiscite to release Mr. King from his pledge against conscription for overseas service has not been brought down, but from hints dropped by the Prime Minister it is to be taken with meticulous regard for all the niceties of the democratic system.By THE MAN WITH A NOTEBOOK9 min
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