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A Reader Asks For Extermination

February 1 1948
MAILBAG

A Reader Asks For Extermination

February 1 1948

A Reader Asks For Extermination

MAILBAG

Candidate

Your article “Are They Better Off Dead?” (on euthanasia, Maclean’s, Nov. 1) is the solution I have been looking for. What else can a cripple do, especially in my case where I am also a widow? I have been in a wheel chair for four years (all the calcium gone from my bones) and I have lost the struggle of making my own living, having been robbed and cheated by people who could walk. So now I sold out and applied to go into a home for the infirm, but there is no room and the long waiting list, and I having no money, have no hope. NVhat am I supposed to do while 1 wait? Snowbanks are cold and the cold hurts. So I apply as a candidate for extermination at once. Saskatchewan Reader.

Call for Mr. Whalley

Three hips to Maclean’s who have inaugurated the cartoon series by Peter Whalley. I am looking forward to seeing more of “Canadians Are a Moderate People.”—John A. Stewart, Montreal.

One of the Best

I thought you might like to know that some of our Eastern Arctic men have read the article “Eskimos Don’t Worry” by Sam Dodds (Maclean’s, Oct. 1) and have remarked that it is one of the best Arctic articles they have seen published in a general magazine. —For the Hudson’s Bay Company, Clifford Wilson, Winnipeg.

Heated Discussion

1 can certify to the facts presented by Victor Maxwell in his article “Monster in the Cellar.” (Maclean’s, Dec. 1.)

However, there is one function of a furnace about which he did not elaborate. In the course of converting one ton of coal into three tons of ashes some heat is generated within the furnace. This is not discernible in the

house because any furnaceman knows that so-called hot-air pipes are only for the purpose of smoking up the wallpaper and furnishing spiders a handy place to spin webs . . . This fall I put off cleaning out the chimney until after I had started a fire in the furnace. After climbing up on the roof, I sat down on the chimney for a hard-earned rest. Immediately I was warmed right through to the seat of my underwear. I was tempted to plug up the chimney and try to get some heat within the house . . .—H. F. Stuart, Brandon, Man.

Any Takers?

I am through reading Shapiro’s article, “Will Stalin’s Bread Conquer Europe?” (Maclean’s, Dec. 1). I am

65 years of age yet I would fight-anyone who would say it is not good, until lie or I licked the dust.—J. Beaulieu, Rimouski, Que

Jet Job

Kindly accept my hearty congratulations to you gentlemen who are responsible for the expansion of Mac-

lean’s from the horse-and-shirt-collar days to the present jet-propelled magazine.—How'ard Purvis, New Westminster, B.C.

No Extra Charge

The telephone company has installed a brand-new cradle phone in place of the defective one listed as B. D. R. Good (Parade, Oct. 15). The bell now lings good and my name is once more properly listed in the directory. I must give Maclean’s credit for the present satisfactory service.—R. D. W. Hubbard, Oromocto, N.B.

Just part of the regular Maclean's service.—The Editors.

The Biggest Organ

May I offer a correction of one paragraph of Hugh Kemp’s article? (“Musical Frères,” Maclean’s, Oct. 15). “In 1929 (Casavant) built its largest organ for Canada . . . for the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.” That is correct, up to 1929 . . . However, in 1930 they built a greater organ for the Metropolitan Church in Toronto, of five manuals, and 110 stops, containing 7,828 pipes as against the Royal York organ of 7,304 pipes . . . The Metropolitan organ is regarded as Casavant’s masterpiece.—Douglas M. Derry, Toronto.

Awe and Gratitude

This is a brief note to express in a small way my feeling of mingled awe and gratitude at being mentioned in your magazine (Editorials, Dec. 1).— Kenneth Cragg, Press Gallery , Ottawa