Mailbag

March 15 1958

Mailbag

March 15 1958

Mailbag

* Tit-Coq's still our champion show

* One way to crack down on liquor addiction

* Will sex alone sell a modern book?

Hugh Garner’s Recipe for Eating Out and Staying Alive (Jan. 4) was exactly my sentiment on Canada’s restaurant business. However, he made one mistake. By overemphasis, he gave the impression he was only fooling. Unfortunately it is anything but that. On the prairies there are probably worse restaurants than anywhere else in Canada. I wish someone would tell me how the Chinese got the idea they could cook, and that it was their sacred duty to open a café in every whistle-stop in the COUNTRY.-DAVID JACOBY, ESTEVAN, SASK.

Should women rule the world?

Here’s my reply to N. J. Berrill’s argument, Women Should Rule the World (Feb. 15):

Mr. Berrill should stick to biology,

Or genetics und things like zoology,

To advocate sex,

While leaving out Rex,

Surely calls for an anthro(a)pology.

There are other pitfalls as well:

We anwebas have reached a decision, Our sex life’s in need of revision.

’Tis awfully sad When we wish to add We multiply doing division.

—WILLIAM MCEWEN, EDMONTON.

Tit-Coq’s record best

Although I enjoyed Barbara Moon’s delightful story about Dora Mavor Moore (Canadian Theatre’s Fiery Godmother, Feb. 15) may I offer a correction about the Canadian record claimed by Spring Thaw. Gratiën Gelinas’ Tit-Coq set a record of over 500 performances, a figure not likely to be exceeded for some time. Its initial run in French was for 215 performances,

before it was translated into English. Thereafter, and alternately in English and French, it ran up over 500 before it was made into a movie which is still being SHOWN.-KEN JOHNSTONE, MONTREAL.

What causes liquor addiction

Re: A Noted Doctor Talks About Alcohol and Tranquilizers (Feb. 15)—Since when were humans not habit-forming? And what is wrong with forming habits of industry, integrity, honesty, faithfulness, etc., etc. . . .? What is wrong is that the liquor industry encourages habit-forming individuals to use a product that ruins them. No, we do not need further research. The answer is too tragically obvious—crack down on the liquor interests and encourage voluntary total ABSTINENCE.-G. B. JOHN-

STON, GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALTA.

A flag we’ll all recognize

In Backstage (Jan. 4) you say anything goes with would-be Canadian flag designers and some of them sure go. But as heraldry student Beddoe says, “The Canadian flag should state tersely the identity of our country.” My idea would be to have a flag with a simple emblem that would appeal to all Canadians. People born in Saskatchewan have never seen a maple leaf, and a flcur-de-lys means nothing to them. The

emblem I propose would be known and appreciated from Newfoundland to British Columbia. All Canadians know it. I mean the hot DOG.-H. j. STREAMER, OMEMEE, ONT.

The fate of lewd books

I read with great satisfaction How I Became An Unknown With My First Novel (Feb. 1) — Mordecai Richler’s story of his book, The Acrobats. It should happen to all writers of lewd books. Mordecai doesn’t care if he contributes to juvenile delinquency. But he cleverly hoodwinks Maclean’s into giving him publicity for his filthy book.— C. NICKEL, WATERLOO, ONT.

Brock Chisholm vs. critics

Some Mailbag correspondents take too literally Brock Chisholm’s The Pitfalls ot the Ten Commandments (Dec. 21). C. M. Cadwalladcr of Victoria says he’s a “definite menace to Canada” and John T. Rcidy says he’s creating “confusion.” The statement that Chisholm denies morality is no doubt the result of his having pointed out years ago that Canadian soldiers who had been taught it was morally wrong to kill were useless in battle because they could not shoot the enemy without collapsing from battle fatigue. This was one of the results of teaching the Ten Commandments and that prompted Chisholm to say that under certain circumstances “morality is a poison” in its effect on the human MIND.-E. T. NES-

BITT, QUEBEC, P.Q.

r' When I read Chisholm’s critics I wondered what percentage of Canadians is as backward as this . . . -LES FILLMORE, CALGARY.

^ . . . When will newspapers and magazines learn to have a theologian speak on theological matters and plumbers on plumbing? ... — s. G.

WEST, MOUNT DENNIS, ONT.

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is “Siwash” an insult to coast Indians?

Your award novel, Florencia Bay, may have given many readers misleading impressions of B. C. Indians. For example, ill-informed whites seem to think “Siwash” is a proper name. Evidently James McNamee thinks so too, for the word appears in every sort of context including speeches of his Indian characters. But the word is not the name of any tribe. It is the modern pronunciation of the Chinook “Siwash,” from the French sauvage, meaning “savage.” In the jargon it meant simply “Indian.” In modern westcoast English it has become, for real-life Indians, a symbol of social and legal discrimination. They feel it is insulting. They do not use it themselves except to parody white usage.

Much more serious is the implication that all Indians are murdering rascals. The novel does not present some good and some bad—no, there is not an adult Indian in Florencia Bay who is not a villain. This is false and UNJUST.-WAYNE

SUTILES, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OE BRITISH COLUMBIA.

^ Florencia Bay is an evil story and no detail is spared to show the Indians as cruel and murderous, without decency, pity or love.—c. M. WRIGHT, KITCHENER,

ONTARIO.

Artists’ twin graveyards

When reader Oakley Rankin of Moose Jaw, Sask., saw the painting at right in Maclean's his memory did a quick flip. He reached in a scrapbook and produced the painting at left. His cryptic comment: “???”

Amateur artist Lester, queried by Maclean’s, replied: “I've painted hundreds of original sketches in the company of other

artists. Like many others I’ve painted the works of other artists for practice only. When Maclean’s asked me for a sample of my work, overcome by the honor l reached into a dusty pile of pictures, took out a dozen or more and submitted them. Maclean’s astutely picked out the best one, which of course, as even I can see. is a pretty poor copy of the original. P.S.—/ have a new hobby, learning how to commit hara-kiri.” if

Where Baxter went

When I received your Feb. 1 issue the banner line “Beverley Baxter vs. Khrushchev ...” caught my eye. Eagerly I scanned the “contents” to find the page. Index does not show it. I then riffled through the magazine. No Baxter article. Became alarmed. Drank carrot juice to

improve eyesight, then started again hunting. Result: none such! Suddenly it dawned that I had read it already in Jan. 18 issue. - FRITZ SCHERER, WEST

GRAND FORKS. B.C.

^ Is Baxter temporarily or permanently suspended? - E. A. GRITTEN, EVERETT. WASH.

A combination of errors allowed part of our Jan. IS press run of cover headings to carry over to Feh. 1. Meanwhile, Bax, deep in Europe, had mail troubles. Result: Bax advertised but not delivered. He’s still with us, however. See page 10.

How to stall a plane

In his story, The Stowaway (Jan. 18), John Norman Harris describes a manoeuvre in an aircraft . . . “throwing the gas away from the carburetors, so all four engines cut at once.” It would be interesting to know what type of engine, fuel system, or aircraft Mr. Harris had in mind. A manoeuvre such as the one described would have, absolutely no effect on the engines, inasmuch as there is a constant fuel pressure maintained at the carburetors.— i. L. LINDSAY, HALIFAX.

Mr. Harris says: “Easing the control column hack, then thrusting it forward firmly, certainly had the effect of cutting out all four Bristol Hercules engines in the Short Stirling. The pilots believed that it was because the fuel flow was temporarily cut off by centrifugal force.”

No street like Sherbrooke

I wish my late mother, born Emily Shackell on Sherbrooke Street, could have read your article on Montreal’s Sherbrooke Street (Feb. 1). Mother lived many places but she never got over Sherbrooke Street. She compared the “incomparable” Boston and all its Brahmin atmosphere unfavorably w'ith the Montreal you describe and this was hard for me to understand growing up in Boston. However, reading your story, I believe she had something! — PAMELA

MOORE, SEATTLE. if