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I CANADIAN NEWS JOTTINGS. I I (FROM OUJt OWN CORRESPONDENT). I MONTREAL, January 30. The year's story of the u Red Riders of the Plains has just been told. There is, as usual, an excellent record of the work of the Mounted Police —a record, too, which is not without romance. In the western territory under their jurisdiction the Mounted Police secured 12.985 convictions during the year, most of them, of course, for small offences. There were 44 charges of murder in all, and of these twelve were the result of excessive drinking, five for purposes of gain, three by insane persons, three infanticides and the remainder from motives of jealousy or revenge. By far the largest proportion of tho crimes of ail kinds—and this applies to the east as well as the west of Caii,t(ia.is committed by foreigners, men who have not yet assimilated the principles of law abidance which are characteristic of the British dominions. To a great extent in the work of the Mounted Police the untamed foreigner has taken the place of the Indian the force was originally formed to control. The younger gene- ration are all right. The children go to school, learn English, and imbibe as strong a horror ef crime as native-born Canadians, but the old folkll are extremely apt to draw knives on slight occa- sions and to commit crimes of jealousy and passion. One suggestion which the police have made is that foreigners should be deprived of revolvers and other weapons when they enter. Apparently there is nothing at present in the immigration regu- lations permitting this to be done. I CANADIANISING NORWAY. I Some of the best of our foreign immigrants are those who come from Norway. The Norwegians and Swedes have always proved steady, capable, industrious workers, and they, at least. have given the Mounted Police very litt!c to do. But although we re joice in that, Norway is not altogether happy over their loss. A Monsieur Bergson Vilatalo, a distinguished Norwegian who after spending years in this country has just made :t holiday (rip home. finds that the authorities on the other side are very distressed over the flood of Scandinavian* which annually pours out of the country. There are now a greater number of Norwegians in American and Canadian cities than in the whole of I' NorwaV," declared M. Vilatalo in an interview, "and Norwav is f'?eed with a most serious proNc-m." One of the most remarkable things M. Vilatalo fonnd. on the other side was that Norway was becoming Canadianised. In the eil'ort to keep her people at home they were making great efforts to progress in the same way and at the same rate as Canada, and this, while excellent, has resulted in some acts of vandalism from the point of view of those who loved her in her beautiful, if unprofitable, state of undevelopment. Her beautiful waterfalls are being commercialised, small hotels are. giving j place to huge and ugly caravanseries, and in general l.H" Norwegians are developing activity in the pur- sii. the nimble dollar. A great deal of this work is (Lc to ('anadianised Norwegians, who ti-a applying in their own !and the lessons of progress Ihev have learned in this. I PRINT AND LONELINESS. The Aberdeen Association has just held its! annual meeting at Toronto. The Association is well-known on your side of the water as well as on this, and the good work it has done is much i appreciated by Englishmen on both sides of the water. The work the Association carries out is that of brightening the loneliness of the pioneer settler. Every month it sends 145 parcels of books, papers, magazines and so forth to settlei-is in distant parts who are out of i-eileli ot- tlia ordinary amenities of life. A great many of the books and papers are sent from friends of the Association in England, and great skill is shown by the secretary and the Excciutive members in apportioning out the matter received, so that it will be appropriate and acceptable to the people it reaches. One of the greatest trials of the pioneer settler is loneliness. Often if he is a man of enterprise and cournge, he takes up his stand far ahead of the flow of civilisation, confident that be will duly reap the benefits when the population ca*ehes up with him and his land and his labour increase in value. Meanwhile, the Aberdeen Asso'lii'iou does its best to help him over the !K'?'. contnaniouless vears in between. JAPANESE COMMERCE. We have had a visit t.hi> niontb which is o? considerable siguiJicanee. Next summer a new of is to start operating between Vancouver. Japan and I oth-r points in the Far East, an 1 a Mr. K.iyttsu. a spov:;ai cumuvssioncr of the Japanese company, has been over hc.re. and through the Vv'est making iinjuries and gathering data with regard to Silil)- ping arrangements an i fa<;ilir,i<M. Several months All O'Muva, was here on a similar mission, and there seems every chance o'? t great Oriental trade developing through i.lv efforts of the organisations with which thcs.' gentlemen are connected. This, of course, will menu a .very great deal for bath Eastern and Western Canada, but particularly for the West, since there will probably be more use for manu- j l'actured articles, the Japs having invaded the manufacturin g licld already with such marked success. WAKE UP, CM GLAND Tnlking of manufacturing, Canada has mad* i wonderful strides in the motor-car in htstry, and it is time that British makers woke up to the f wonderful niarKet which awaits them on this side, j Even during the slack times of last year an enormous number <> people owned motor cars, and when times are good practically everybody owns a car. to I- il up to mend the bathroom pipe in a little run- about, and in the West the spectifc'e is seen of I motor-cars carrying :ann labourers out to distant parts of the harvest licld. These facts arc brought to the front by the big motor show which has been held here and which was opened th other day by the Hon. "Sain Hughes, Minister of Militia. Never before had there been such a Hill: gathering of motor ears in Canada, and while Canadian made ears were chiefly in evidence it was a great pity to sec, as inr as imported ex- j hibits go, the American manufacturers outdis- tancing tho English altogether. However, it is believed that a combination of English motor car manufacturers is contemplating a number of firms joining together in organising branches and agencies in Canada in developing the market on this side. POISON! Our tempcranca reformers are rather inter- ested In, aiid the average man is rather amused by, a proposal which has been made by the Amevi- j can temperance organisation. They suggested that all beverages containing more than two per cent, alcohol should he labelled with a skuH and cross- j bones and other poison warnings. The suggestion is that the skull and crossbones should be printed jj in re(I ink. and underneath have a warning to this L 1'ect: ^"This preparation contains alcohoi which a habit-forming, irritant, narcotic poison." A Bill embracing this proposal is shortly to introduced to the State Legislature of New i ork, and there is an agitation being made for a similar Bill to be introduced into the Dominion House during the present session. It is doubtful, how- ever, if wc have yet arrived at the point in teetoa! progress at which such a Bill would bo acceptable.