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Women are spiritual, trusting ... and gullible Baxter: careless, masterly or insignificant? Luring tourist trade to the Canadian Arctic

September 14 1957

Mailbag

Women are spiritual, trusting ... and gullible Baxter: careless, masterly or insignificant? Luring tourist trade to the Canadian Arctic

September 14 1957

Mailbag

Women are spiritual, trusting ... and gullible Baxter: careless, masterly or insignificant? Luring tourist trade to the Canadian Arctic

Protesting the libelous article by Robert Thomas Allen, Women are Crooks (Aug. 17), I wish to refute almost every statement, with the exception of “debts to the government.” The government, consisting of all males, exploits women, keeps them in subordinate positions, dominates and tyrannizes them, so that I am definitely on the side of women who put up a fuss about paying them anything. We are not represented in government, we do not have a controlling voice . . .

On the whole, women are decidedly more spiritual, trusting and gullible

than men. Therefore, the article is ONLY a mere man’s point of view and far from the truth . . .-MRS. DOROTHY HEWITT WHITE, VICTORIA.

Garner got him

Your Aug. 17 number is the best you have had for a long time. Hugh Garner's Why Don't My Fellow Snobs Get Wise? is worth a number of readings

. . .---LORN E JOHNSTON, HAMILTON.

Bax’s friends and foes

Beverley Baxter’s London Letter on the Commonwealth conference (Aug. 17) is indeed a MASTERPIECE.-NOAII T.

SKIDMORE, WINNIPEG.

^ . the article is very insignificant,

if not overtimed and overdone . . .

-G. L. REID, NAPANEE, ONI.

^ . . . \ can only think journalist

Baxter is becoming so entangled in a British sense that his ties w'ith Canada, which allow him to speak as one who knows Canadians, are slipping away ... He is very careless in stating that the Liberals were given the heave-ho by sensible Canadians because they did not support Britain’s excesses in the Suez crisis. The Canadian “kinsmen” in this case are not so Commonwealthminded. -—L. E. HEFFELFINGER, SASKATOON .

The future of Uncle Louis

I must remark that I think Blair Fraser’s remarks in regard to the appointment of a governor-general (Backstage, Aug. 17) are in very poor taste. He suggests that the job should be made a matter of party political advantage.

St. Laurent might well become governor-general for reasons of his outstanding character and service to his country, but to suggest that he should be appointed because it would help the Conservative party to gain favor with Quebec Liberal voters is dragging the office in the mire ... — t . s. CHLTTER,

ot TAWA.

^ ... I was always led to believe the reigning monarch must be of the Protestant faith and the governorgeneral must be of the same faith. If this is true 1 do not see how Mr. St. Laurent can fit into the picture. If we have got to change all former acts and regulations to humor Quebec it is time for a halt ... - WILLIAM S. BOWER,

OSGOODE, ONT.

With love from Kentville

Greetings to D. Fuller, Kentville, N. S., as a true Canadian. From her Mailbag (Aug. 3) letter we learn that she and Nova Scotians generally love “all the people (of various national origins) who make Canada.” Let us have ten provinces doing the SAME.-FATHER WM. C.

TURNEY, WINNIPEG.

Our Preview prophets

The long-range forecasts by the Weather Engineering Corporation of Canada (see page I) are much appreciated. 1 sincerely trust you will continue to publish them throughout the whole YEAR.-THOMAS N. FLATI, MONJE LAKE,

B.C.

Rough it and like it

Referring to the far north's tourist value (Preview, Aug. 17) you state “there’s no place in the Arctic a tourist can he comfortable.” I wonder if the tourist wants to be comfortable? If he is intrigued enough to go in the first place, chances are he will be fascinated by the different landscape and climate,

the chance to learn about the everyday life of the natives ... ! feel

that, properly exploited, the north has great tourist potential. — M. PARKER,

NORTH BAY, ONT.

Mow to cook black bass

Father Athol Murray’s Most Memorable Meal (black bass) in your July 6 issue was fascinating ... It is heartening to know that the “master camper” Edward Renouf had little more success than I in making an Indian twig fire for, when the party came ashore, “great clumps of iris royal in purple and gold" welcomed them: yet, before the luscious black bass was ready to eat. “the sumac blazed triumphantly” . . . That’s just about as long as it takes the average camper to cook a meal over a twig

fire! . . .-WALTER E. GILBERT. WALLA

WALLA, WASH.

MORE MAILBAG ON PAGE 113

Continued from page 4

Twisted history Problem parents

. . . I was glad to see A B. Hodgetts (Our Dangerous Habit of Twisting History, June 22) took a critical look at U.N.A.’s pamphlet, World Affairs. As he stated, the article on the Suez dispute was “full of falsehood from beginning to end” . . • World Affairs usually reads like a political pamphlet ... I believe there is a law forbidding distribution ot political propaganda in schools. It’s high time we got around to enforcing it. — JOHN WILSON, ALMONTE, ONT.

X» . . . The most revealing piece of

writing I have ever read ... — ROSS F.

KAVANER, CALGARY.

. . . Hodgetts should be the right

hand of the External Affairs Department. - MARGARETA BALZE. RED DEER,

x" A timely warning to statesmen, politicians and news agencies of all the nations of the world. We hope it will encourage the world public to demand more historical facts in place of a large degree of MISREPRESENTATION.-MR. AND MRS. P. H. SCHREIBER, PORT CARLING, ONT.

xx I too am appalled at the deliberate attempts of the news agencies, propagandists, and 1 fear, most editors, to distort the truth by ignoring historical facts and by publishing deliberate half-truths and opinions as though they were facts . . . The law should insist that all "corrections" be given the same prominence as the original statement ... — w. E. SIMPSON. TORONTO.

xx Congratulations and sincere thanks

. . . — GRACE W. GLEED, WEST VAN-

Wrong-way Roy

Congratulations on your excellent cover (Aug. 17) but who was responsible

for getting Pipe Major Wallace Roy’s name backward on page 6?-DR. A. B.

CAMPBELL, HALIFAX.

—We were.

x... his name is Wallace Roy.—JOAN HENNESSEY, AMHERST, N.S.

Razor-sharp Punch

As an Englishman, I would like to thank you for Malcolm Muggeridge’s sparkling article on bad taste (Aug. 3). Britain should be thankful for a man whose razor-sharp mind can help cut the cancers that threaten her at this most critical period of her life. — PETER T.

MILLARD, LONDON, ONT.

x' Muggeridge's article must be one of the unhappiest that has appeared in your magazine ... He seems to misunderstand what most people mean by "criticism." which is the utterance of a considered judgment, and not a descent into abuse ... - COLIN E. HENDERSON, ROY-

SION, B.C.

x' If there were more editors like Mr. Muggeridge, the world would have more venerable magazines . . . The world is becoming peopled with nothing but a

flock of yes-men. and unless we breed a new race of "bad taste" editors with more Punch behind their statements, certainly this world will become a dull and meek PLACE.-JOSEPH L. BOUDREAU. LOS

ANGELES.

x* Three cheers and supreme applause for Muggeridge and all editors or writers in the eternal literary calling devoted to uphold the common mind against the downbearing forces of tradition and AUTHORITY.-GARTH WAGNER. SWIFT CURRENT. SASK.

Parents are the problem

Concerning, Are We too Soft with Our Juvenile Lawbreakers (Aug. 3)—is it not possible that the problem of juvenile crime is getting too much attention and that putting the names of the young offenders in the newspapers as Chiefs of Police Anthony and Archer suggest might only give the delinquent some cheap publicity and a temporary sense of importance that might encourage him to continue along the path of crime?

As a teen-ager ... 1 have found that,

in most cases, the parents who, as Miss Charlotte Whitton put it, “are running a home on the roam” are the biggest PROBLEM.-DOUGLAS BALLY, WEST HILL, ONT.

The yellow pages

When you introduced the Preview yellow pages, I read one or more criticisms of them. I would like to say that, in my opinion, the yellow pages are excellent. I believe that black print on yellow is much easier on one’s eyes than black on white . . . Perhaps some day all your pages may be black print on a yellow ground.—v. L. LLOYD, DUNDAS, ONT.

Pearson on the crisis

Thank you for that splendid interview, Where Canada Stands in the World Crisis (July 6) . . . as clear a statement as one could expect on Canadian foreign policy. Let us hope whoever is responsible for this policy under the new government will be able to state it as clearly and completely as Mr. Pearson. I thought too that Blair Fraser was at his very best.—E. A. WEIR, TORONTO.

Catching up with Nero

Re that cottage on a turntable (Preview, Aug. 3)—In Hants, England, where Queen Elizabeth spent her honeymoon, there is a summer house that turns to get the sun. It was built by Col. Ashley for his first wife—Lady Louis Mountbatten’s mother—to use when she was

ill . . . - MRS. K. DAWSON, PORT ARTHUR.

* At last Macv’s, New York, has the edge on Nero’s Rome in home modern-

ization. Nero’s mechanically revolved dining room, moving with the sun as does Macy’s, had the most “modern” prerequisites including king-sized sofas around the tables. So this muchvaunted age is catching up. About time!

-A. E. EL.SOM, MOOSE JAW, SASK.

Aerial photos like paintings

I was fascinated by the photographs which show the face of Canada from the air (The Canada Douglas Kendall Sees from the Sky, Aug 3) . . . What impressed me so much was not the information they give the layman . . . but that in them we see confirmation of the genius of the Group of Seven. When I first looked at one photograph I could have sworn it was a montage taken from Jackson and Harris and Thomson . . . Doesn’t this strengthen our conviction that artists are the real seers?

. . . —RONALD HAMBLETON, TORONTO.

Hey look, Horseman!

Are you sure that the fellow who wrote the story Look Now, Horseman (June 8) wasn't in a dream of some sort? I have never read anything with such an imagination about a wild - stallion fight. 1 think this would be better pub lished in a book called Fairy Tales . . .

-OLIVER TRAVERS, CHERRY POINT, ALTA.*