Mailbag

Mailbag

√ Do businessmen even put a price on women? √ The Bobbsey Twins aren’t dead yet √ Spare the child and produce a holdup man

May 9 1959
Mailbag

Mailbag

√ Do businessmen even put a price on women? √ The Bobbsey Twins aren’t dead yet √ Spare the child and produce a holdup man

May 9 1959

Mailbag

√ Do businessmen even put a price on women? √ The Bobbsey Twins aren’t dead yet √ Spare the child and produce a holdup man

As a servant of Him who spent His time in the company of “call girls“ and alcoholics allow me to offer you my congratulations for publishing Sidney Katz's brilliant, objective and sympathetic report, (The Sleazy Grey World of the Call Girl, April 11). Let us now find out why our business big shots resort to prostitutes? Is it because they price everything and value nothing, not even WOMAN?-REV. E. L. H. TAYLOR, TEMISKAMING, QUE.

^ You are doing an eminently successful job of purveying literary garbage. —-CHARLES WILSON, ALMONTE, QUE.

r“ These girls are filling a human emptiness. Their profession is an honorable one, no matter what thinks the moronic writer who makes them fee! guilty, sick and IMPURE.-CHARLES E. CHARBONEAU,

MONTREAL.

v I was shocked and surprised that such a fine magazine as Maclean's should publish such a disgusting topic. Such things may exist hut for heaven's sake do not bring them out into the open.-R. MAXWELL. MONTREAL.

^ Pity, oh pity the poor call girl who has to struggle along on a measly $10,000 a year! And all the while hundreds of thousands of overpaid Joes, like myself, raise our families on and wallow in the luxury of a $65 to $75 a week.-JOHN L. DOYLE, TAYLOR, B.C.

* Revealing and thought - provoking. Who are we to judge THEM!-A. MOHR, WINNIPEG.

Peace by commission

Clement Attlee (Canada should get out of the Arctic, April 1 ! ) gives the real solution to peaceful coexistence and an

end to international strife in one sentence: "National defense is out-dated; what is required today is a world authority with power to enforce the keeping of the peace." The system commonly applied in Canada to important problems could easily be applied to this one on an international scale. 1 refer to royal commissions. Canada could well take the INITIATIVE.-GUNNAR H. GUNNARSON, ARBORC, MAN.

The living Bobbseys

Librarians do well to direct children away from the "series" reading rut (Backstage With Children's Books, April 11). Some youngsters plow in so deeply that they miss many worthwhile books. However, libraries are not the only source of children’s reading. Here’s what I found at an Ottawa bookstore.

The Bobbsey Twins? Yes, indeed! 50 titles available. The Hardy Boys? A very good seller—38 titles. Tom Swift? There is a series called Tom Swift, Jr. The famous inventor and his son are in business together. The Wizard of Oz? Still in good DEMAND.-K. F. LLOYD, OTTAWA.

— And spoil the child?

It is not right that a child should never be struck or slapped (Common Sense Won’t Work with Children, April 11). The less children get slapped, the more

they are prone to become holdup men. It would be very interesting to find out why there are so many holdup men on this continent, where the children are much less slapped than in other countries.-EMILIAN STRAUS, MONTREAL.

Dear McGill

Your College Prospectus (Preview, April 1 1) states that the most expensive undergraduate tuition in Canada is medicine at the University of Toronto — $600 a year. The most expensive undergraduate tuition in Canada is at McGill University. Tuition fees for the faculty of medicine are now $750 a YEAR.-M. PRINGI, MONTREAL.

MacLennan’s Mackenzie

The excellent article by Hugh MacLennan (The High and Mighty Mackenzie, April 11) is by far the truest account of the north I have ever read, but why have you spoiled this article by illustrating it with the paintings by Franklin Arbuckle instead of color photographs. As 1 remember, in 1954 there were quite a few trees between Fort Fitzgerald and Fort Smith, not at all like the Arbuckle PAINTING.-DONALD

G. HOGG, TECUM SEH, ONT.

p' LaSalle found nothing; La Vérendrye found nothing; Mackenzie found nothing; Fraser found nothing; and now MacLennan has found nothing — God help CANADA.-A. STEWART CUMMINGS,

WINNIPEG.

Yankee, run home!

Will Canada ever make the majors? (April 11). Why this ambition? Has not that Yankee import baseball (a version of rounders) been grossly overrated? Would it not be more accurate to refer to baseball as a running contest — a striker (batter) striving to reach a base versus a BALL?-ALFRED J. BLAND, VANCOUVER.

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Rocket Richard is tops — even in Vancouver u* The unsung heroes of the Empress disaster

HEARTIEST congratulations on your editorial. The Dilemma of Our Defense Policy (Mar. 28). If ever we are to win true freedom, not only for our own dominion but for the people of the world, it will be through down-to-earth recognition of the fact that men are defenseless in the atomic age. Canada is, as you say, obsolete as a military POWER.-MKS. J. M. TELFORD, REGINA, SASK.

* I only wish such leadership had come from my country, but since it has not I'd he glad to follow Canadians, and 1 am sure many others throughout the world would ALSO.-RUTH BATES, LAKE

FOREST. ILL.

^ It is what the world NEEDS-THE REV. K. B. MILTON, VANCOUVER.

* . . . seems to me to be the first real attempt to see through our non-existent defense policy and come up with a realistic but bound-to-be-unpopular choice of ANSWERS.-JOHN WOOLRICH, VICTORIA, B.C.

* I hope it becomes one of those documents to be remembered as one of the turning points in our story. I hope all the goodv/ill in this country will rally in support of this idea and that we can turn our eyes from the destructiveness of atomic preparedness to the much more constructive role of economic aid and mutual HOPE.-BLODWEN DAVIES, MARKHAM, ONT.

And a great hockey player

Your March 28 cover recalls the Vancouver appearance of Maurice Richard to referee the 1958 “old-timers” game before a packed Exhibition Forum. In spite of then incomplete recovery from the severe tendon injury, Mr. Richard was on the ice for over three hours continuously, refereeing the game and signing hundreds of autographs. A great Canadian, a great sportsman, and a real gentleman. — MAURICE W. CARDEN, VANCOUVER.

Last moments of the Empress

Ray Gardner’s The Night the Empress of Ireland Went Down (Mar. 28) brings back memories of yarns with Bill Whiteside when we were naval radio operators in the First World War. Bill was the operator at Father Point who took the SOS from the Empress and by quick thinking caught the tug Eureka at the dockside and had her on her way to the scene of the disaster within a minute or so of their distress call. The Eureka was the first rescue vessel to arrive and many of the survivors she picked up undoubtedly owed their lives to Whiteside's action. — F. W. BERRY, MANOTIC'K, ONT.

That particular disaster, one of the greatest of any kind in Canada’s history, seems to be almost forgotten and I have often wondered why it seems to be given so little attention.— r. F. MORCAN. WINNIPEG.

* During the judicial enquiry, which followed the disaster, we frequently enter-

Ferguson and two other surviving members of the crew. It is my recollection that Ferguson remained at the radio, sending out messages until the instrument no longer functioned, and was literally blasted from his post by an explosion on the ship, to land in an upturned lifeboat floating in the SEA.-IRKNE KERR GUNTEN-

SPERGER, QUEBEC.

The graceful Gatineaus

Holiday Weekend in Ottawa (Mar. 14) renewed old memories and nostalgically brought to light places I have forgotten. Particularly the mention of the “graceful Gatineau Hills“ where I was born.

-MRS. ELLA J. MACDONALD, ROME, N.Y.

Was Edith Thompson guilty?

After reading Beverley Baxter's masterly summing-up of the Edith Thompson case (Mar. 28) I would certainly say that she should not have been executed. Long live BAXTER!-J. w. COWAN, VICTORIA.

The killer wasn't arrested within a few hours but after several days on a tip from the victim’s brother; the woman didn't shout until the killer was out of the way and he didn’t wait to see Thompson's blood on the pavement.— j. OLIPHANT,

TORONTO.

For heaven’s sake give Beverley Baxter leave of absence (The Baxters leave an old. well-loved home, Mar. 14) while he rearranges his furniture; one would al-

most think that Baxter was the only one that ever moved. — LARS SWANSTROM,

ARTLAND, SASK.

Bufy Beavers

We are under Obligation to you. Sir, for the pleating Manner in which you reported the verbofe and windy Clafh of Opinion now raging in this Metropolis concerning the Beaver Club (Preview, Mar. 28). Notwithftanding, I muft beg Leave to repair an Inexactitude in your Account in one significant Refpect . . . No one can purehafe an Honorary Wintering Partnerfhip in this ancient Club. There are no Memberfhip Fees, Dues or Obligations, save that of being a worthy Gentleman. To be admitted into Memberfhip and join our diftinguifhed Rofter. the Afpirant muft firft be propofed by two exifting Members, then feaft in the Beaver Club upon a Beafte, Fifh or Fowl of the Canadian Forefts or Streams and finally muft quaff of a Chauldron of fiery Loup Garou. — JOHN GOFSIP, CORREF-

POND1NG SECRETARY, THE BEAVER CLUB, AT THE SIGN OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH, MONTREAL.

^ As an exhibition of sheer ignorance

tained at my mother’s home Ronald of the history of printing, the use of an

f for the long s customary until the start of the last century, makes the Beaver Club's card a masterpiece. The correct type is available. To reproduce periot printing, if the past is going to be resurrected. a little attention to detail is aji ESSENTIAL.-K. MARSHALL, BELOEIL, QUE.

God save our gracious UN!

Much of Hereward Allix’s Does Canada really need a National Anthem? (Mar. 28) could equally apply to the question of a national flag. The emotions aroused by these symbols could perhaps be aroused for a more worthy cause if nations adopted the United Nations (lag with the name of the member country inscribed in small letters and on suitable occasions sang a United Nations ANTHEM.-D. S. CROMBIE, CARDINAL HEIGHTS, ONT.

^ Whether or not Canada as a supposedto-be free country should have a distinctive anthem and flag should be decided by Canadians and not by foreigners and

immigrants who know nothing or very little about the history of our country. — H. BILODEAU, RICHMOND HILL, ONT.

^ Allix’s dislike for national anthems is based on the fallacy that if you love one group you will feel hostile and competitive toward other groups. But love and loyalty only begin close to the centre and then spread outward. Let us by all means have less standing on GUARD.-ADELINI

HADDOW, HAMILTON, ONT.

Douglas and Mosley

Premier Douglas’ joke about Sir Oswald Mosley (What Politics Needs Most— More Laughter, Mar. 28) is palpably phony. Not silence for a cockney voice to be heard, but a roar of applause greeted Mosley's dramatic appearance at his big meetings. Only when he left the Labor Party in disgust at its hypocrisy did he become subjected to ridicule, violence, suppression, imprisonment and a conspiracy of silence. - ANDREW GLEN.

LOCUST HILL, ONT.

Mount Royal memories

Ken Lefolii’s article (Mount Royal's Valiant Stand Against Progress, Mar. 28) brought memories of my boyhood scrambles up its slopes and rambles through its woods, and of caddying for my dad over the old golf course on Fletcher's Field, way back in the early Nineties. The description as “the finest natural bigcity park in the world” sounds familiar to Vancouverites who so often hear Stanley Park similarly praised.—w. L.

DARLING. VANCOUVER.

^ Congratulations . . . Our association does not resist progress as implied. It is no exaggeration to state that had the association not existed, a large part of Mount Royal would now be covered by auditoriums, concert halls, theatres, restaurants, churches, speedways and parking grounds. It's our firm belief that Montreal’s very real traffic problems will be solved by other means than the creation of a gasoline curtain through the heart of the PARK.-RAYMOND CARÓN, PRESIDENT, MONTREAL PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS ASSOCIATION, MONTREAL. ★