MAILBAG: The price of gold has to go up / If teenagers must smoke, give them pipes

May 6 1961

MAILBAG: The price of gold has to go up / If teenagers must smoke, give them pipes

May 6 1961

MAILBAG: The price of gold has to go up / If teenagers must smoke, give them pipes

Ken Lefolii’s article, What the end of the gold crisis means (April 8), prompts me to offer a rebuttal of his theories. The terrific demand for gold means that sooner or later the demand will have to be satisfied, and the only way in which that can be accomplished is for the gold-producing countries to produce more gold. And more gold will be produced when the price for it reaches a realistic level. A hike in the price of gold is inevitable, and this increase may come sooner than we think. The gold from the mines of Canada saved the economy of the country in two world wars, and will be used to save the country from financial ruin in peacetime as well.—BENJAMIN HOLLINGER, PEM-


Pipes for teenagers?

Statistics show that the incidence of lung cancer among those who smoke pipes exclusively (The deadly mystery of teenage smoking, March 11 ) is quite

low. So, instead of trying to steer young people away from smoking—which just cannot be done—why not try to steer

them to a safer way of smoking, pipes? After a few months, they will never be satisfied with cigarettes. And they will be relatively free from cancer. Of the lung, that IS.-J. T. FAWCETT, TORONTO.

Communism in California

Having seen the film Operation Abolition (Preview, Quiet riot: the coming protest against McCarthyism, March 11), it is simply beyond my ken how anyone, anywhere, could fail to see that the riot was absolutely the product of seasoned, unscrupulous disciples of the Red regime of communism. I do not know who the reporter was but it would be my guess that if he were asked whether he were a Communist he would immediately stand on the fifth amendment to our CONSTITUTION.-RUTH I.


No applause for Canada

Mr. Diefenbaker’s action during the prime ministers’ conference (Editorial, March 11), has been a source of concern to certain Canadians studying abroad. Although we do not condone apartheid in South Africa, it seems unjustifiable that our prime minister should wear the cloak of self-righteousness while one of his national policies—immigration — has a basic principle of racial discrimination. The Liberals are not guiltless either. Although they applauded Mr. Diefenbaker on his return to Parliament Hill, they passed the present Immigration ACT.-MICHAEL SHEP-


Primary schools need students, too

I am in full agreement with Dr. Cunningham (Our colleges have too few students, not too many, March 25). We do need more students, not only in our universities but also in our high schools.

We need students at all levels right down to KINDERGARTEN.-MRS. CECILIA L.


Better treatment for Athens

Athens and the Athenians deserve better treatment than Marika Robert (Holiday Weekend in Athens. April 8) is able to give. Her personal friends may be interested to learn that s’:e is incapable of appreciating Greek cuisine, retsina and Byzantine art but her obvious inexperience with these things makes her opinion of them rather inconsequential to the rest of US.-GEORGE L. EVANS,


* In writing about Athens. Marika Robert describes how, in defiance of the rules, photographs of her for use in .the article were taken in the Acropolis Museum.

The Museum guards were, it appears, in quite a tizzy. Who are those Europeans to question Mrs. Robert’s standards of taste and decorum? Please let us have a good toothy shot of her astride Napoleon’s tomb. — A. L.


The fate of Germans in Ireland

Leslie Hannon’s Overseas Report (German conquest in Ireland: a Riviera of their own, February 11 ) was inaccurate and unfair to both the Germans and the Irish. The last few sentences imply that anti-Semitism has been imported into Ireland from Germany. The incident Mr. Hannon mentions (a swastika painted on a synagogue) was an isolated one,

and occurred in Dublin, where German “intrusion” is least in evidence. Shortly after it occurred a schoolboy was charged in court with sacrilege, convicted and dealt with quite severely. Evidence in court indicated that he had acted alone, and under influence of anti-Semitic literature originating in America. We have succeeded in assimilating, in the long course of our history, Celtic, Scandinavian, Norman and Anglo-Saxon invaders, and have managed in a comparatively short period to make Irishmen of most of them. It is unlikely that the German invasion Mr. Hannon saw in his visit will present any insuperable PROBLEM.-D. C. LYNE, DUBLIN, IRELAND.

Violence in our national game

Cheers for your editorial (Are we so conditioned to violence that we think it a sportsman’s right? April 8). I have long been appalled at the ridiculously loose interpretation of the rules by NHL referees and by puppet President Clarence Campbell. Such an attitude toward brawling and stick-swinging leaves the impression among players and fans that these actions are an acceptable part of our “great national GAME.”-ALAN FLEMING, VANCOUVER.

Something is wrong somewhere

After reading Dr. Arnold Toynbee’s article (The last choice of Western society, April 8) I am now fully convinced that there is something very definitely wrong with CIVILIZATION.-FREDERICK L. JAGO, MONTREAL.

* Dr. Toynbee says Adolf Hitler was a Sudetenlander. Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria, in 1889, and saw the Sudetenland for the first time in 1938.




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FuSforcTs “mine of prejudice” against Library Week For the deaf, using sign language can be a privilege

Robert Fulford is once more busily digging in his mine of misinformation and prejudice about Canadian Library Week. (Entertainment: The case against Library Week, March 25.) In 1958 (the latest year for which figures have been published) the per capita expenditure on libraries in Canada was 68 cents — about half the per capita figure for Great Britain and the U.S. A., whose own libraries are in no great shape. Out of this princely sum, 10 cents per capita was spent on books and periodicals. Only six libraries in Canada reached the modest standards for minimum service laid down by the Canadian Library Association in 1957. These six libraries served a population of 1,818,642. In other words, about one-tenth of our population was within reach of what the library profession considers to be adequate service. Figures for 1958 also show that some 23% of our population, or about four million Canadians, were without public library service of any kind. The people responsible for Canadian Library Week feel the only way they can do very much about this situation is to focus public attention on the value of libraries and on their deplorable condition in Canada. — ARTHUR HAMMOND,


A sealer defends sealing

David Malloch (Mailbag, March 25) asks, “What of the pregnant and nursing females shot?” The days of hunting old seals with rifles are gone forever, but there never was a time when old seals were hunted and shot in the period of gestation and pregnancy. I first went to the hunt in 1909. I have helped to kill and handle thousands of seals, and never once in all these years have I seen a female seal carrying a baby whitecoat killed and cut open. The truth is they spend the greater part of their pregnancy at Baffin and Ellesmere Islands in the north, and don’t ride the ice off the coast of Newfoundland until they get up to


* Canada now holds the chairmanship of the International Whaling Commission, and so has a chance of making up for all she has not done to better conditions in both the whaling and sealing industries.


Hands vs. lips

I feel compelled to add my little bit in support of Rev. Robert Rumball (Preview, Sign language vs. lip-reading, March 25). I enjoyed the gift of hearing until I was eleven years of age. Suddenly, faced with total deafness, but retaining my speech and acquiring a fairly good amount of lip-reading skill. I continued attending a school for hearing children, later entering the School for the Deaf in Belleville. A purely oral system of teaching totally deaf children leaves much to be desired. The combined system is ideal, but not all deaf children can learn to lip-read. Not even the most (so-called) expert lip-readers can go to church, attend concerts, etc. and come away with a full knowledge of what has been said.

I hope parents will put pride in their pockets and realize that sign language is not only a necessity but a privilege to use.

I once enjoyed the sound of music; today

I enjoy it almost as much when it is rendered in sign language. Why burden the already handicapped totally deaf person by trying to force him to read the lips of many people who do not articulate properly? - MRS. GORDON LEGGETT,


More respect for M. J. Coldwell

I should like to refer Ralph Allen (What the new party wants that Tommy Douglas has, April 8) to an article written by Bruce Hutchison in the Victoria Times of April 12, 1958, in which he states that “Blair Fraser (no socialist) remarked on election night that the absence of Mr. Coldwell from the new parliament was a national tragedy.” Surely Mr. Coldwell was more than a “worthy schoolmaster.”


Our heroic crooks?

The article about the Canadian miner (Tony Gregson’s getaway — with two

gold bricks, March 25) comes as near to glorifying crime as any article I’ve ever read. One gains the impression that if one would like to finance a two-year holiday this is an excellent way of doing it. —


* One could not help but feel a perverse, begrudging admiration for Tony Gregson.


Paw was a cigarette ad

Verda Petry (Mailbag, April 8) offers as a solution to teenage smoking the banning of cigarette advertising. Shucks, I ’member smoking newspaper - wrapped shag behind the barn long before I ever became ad-conscious. Guess I must have been a pretty depraved type and same goes for my playmates. None of ’em been hanged far’s J know and most of ’em still around after more’n fifty years. Saw my paw rollin’ his own a few times and, bein’ middlin’ quick, soon discovered the tekneek. — R. J. BRADY, DRUMMONDVILLE, QUE.

How to earn money at Maclean’s

Let Mordecai Richler criticize CBC dramas (Entertainment. April 8) but let him not criticize Maclean’s Magazine’s lack of fiction. Let him not suggest that the CBC’s anti-highbrow trend in plays is part and parcel of a trend in broadcasting and in print to downgrade artistic and creative efforts in favor of the tried, the true, the factual and the formulated. Let him never jeopardize his chances of making a buck out of Maclean’s.-H. R. W. MORRISON, SCARBOROUGH,

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