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What do Jehovah’s Witnesses do with all that money? Department of warped minds (sex and sadism division)

October 6 1962

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What do Jehovah’s Witnesses do with all that money? Department of warped minds (sex and sadism division)

October 6 1962

MAILBAG

What do Jehovah’s Witnesses do with all that money? Department of warped minds (sex and sadism division)

The article about the Jehovah's Witnesses (New look at a turbulent sect. Aug. 25) was excellent, and indicates a most tolerant attitude toward an unpopular minority. In fact, where opposition without investigation arises, such opposition can be written off as bigotry. May Maclean's always be a champion of open debate. — J. c.

KEELER. BICKLEIGH. SASK.

If the members are not paid and all the work, papers, ink and so on are donated, where does all the money

go? . . .-MRS. IDA DAVY, WHITE FOX,

SASK.

Thank you for your interesting and unbiased article on the Jehovah's Witnesses. However, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that all the profit on our literature is regarded by us as a contribution and is used to help our brethren who are doing missionary work in other countries, or to cover congregational expenses, etc. Please rest assured that we do not keep it for personal gain or use. The money belongs to all of US.-PETER

KRETCHMAR, ELLIOT LAKE

In the eye of the beholder.. .

1 have just read This Fortnight by Robert Fulford (Maclean's Reviews, Sept. 8) and 1 quote from it: “There are many novels . . . which are sexier and more stimulating than Tropic of Cancer. The Carpetbaggers, for instance . . . will stimulate any sadism . By Love Possessed is a dirtier book ...” I am fed up with this kind of nonsense. What is Fulford trying to say? He is inferring, as many writers do these days, that sex and sadism are almost synonymous. Sex and violence have been mentioned in the same breath so frequently that an inexperienced person might conclude that you can't have one without the other. He also suggests that sex is dirty. Sex is not dirty, and there is no connection between sex and violence, except to people with warped minds.

-JOHN ROBERTS, WINNIPEG

The two Israels

Having just returned from my third trip to Israel in three years, 1 was delighted to find Mordecai Richler's articles. All I can say is, there must be two Israels: one is that contemptible country filled with bias, cheats, and complaining bigots, the Israel of Richlcr: the other is a land of problems too, but filled with people who are entirely willing to make sacrifices for their hrothers, and with a minimum of complaints, my Israel! 1 can only believe that Mr. Richter, who claims to have been filled with joy anti delight at seeing Israel for the first time, was so busy bending over backwards in his attempt at unbiased journalism that he went overboard with criticism. Surely, in between belts at his “other homeland " he might have found one nice thing to say

about it . . . Mr. Richler seems to have chosen as his theme the burgeoning “race-hatred” in Israel. It is true that when Jews from Russia or Poland or Germany are put into a collective settlement together there is endless wrangling. The differences in culture, surely not color, arc to blame. It was with great joy that 1 was invited to the wedding of my blond Russian-descended cousin to a tiny dark Yemenite girl. No thought was given to the prospective blend of hues. As the younger generation grows with similar backgrounds, the differences melt AWAY.-MRS. LOUISE CORNBLUM,

TORONTO

What YVestnioimf lacks

I see by the reading occasionally of your magazine, that Quebec is an interesting subject for the Anglo-Saxons . . . The last article on Westmount (A portrait of Westmount. Sept 8) was good enough. In my opinion, if the English had the privilege to take al-

most all the best in my province, it is because we, the French, were too good. Our religion preaches tolerance, charity, humbleness. But this time is gone forever. The new generation w ill not be submissive. As for the pretension on the English side that we did not have engineers, it is not true. We always had some, but the English did not try to find them . . . On the English side, it is the business that prevails; on the French side, it is the arts. We did not make money O.K., but we had something else that the Anglo-Saxons will never have, with their cool, phlegmatic constitutions: “la joie de vivre," good eating, hospitality, and real warmth! They can have all the nice lawns with flowers arranged in clean row's, valuable dogs, houses big as castles. You never hear, passing by these houses, a frank and honest laughing! And you never see children playing on the ground or “amoureux“ sitting in the parks. I thank God every day to be on the Latin side.-MIREILLE l.AFRANCE, MONT-

REAL

For laughing out loud

It has been many many years since i have read anything in your magazine—or any other—that has given me such a deep laughing-out-loud pleasure as Jean Templeton's story (The weighting game, Sept. 8) in your current issue. She is magnificent.

-RICHARD A. FISHER. TORONTO

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Canada: the federal hodge-podge of 10 little kingdoms To repay victims of crime, put the criminals to work

Cheers tor Peter Newman's editorial call (Aug. I I ) for a federal securities commission making investment safer for the little man. As Newman says. "The real point is that a single wellrun. regionally administered federal exchange act would simply replace the provincial commissions." That's an idea which can be utilized in many other fields as well. Canada is too much a hodge-podge of ten little kingdoms. Without a more efficient administration and economy we will not he able to withstand the competition which Ken Lefolii's editorial (Why Canada needs a new kind of nationalism) predicts for US.-RAYMOND ROGERS. OTTAWA

Footnote to Chinese immigration

In The criminal society that dominates the Chinese in Canada (April 7) Maclean’s implied that my brother. Joseph Hope, wilfully committed suicide. timed to avoid trial in court.

Joseph Hope had not been charged with any offense. Furthermore, there was no trial of Joseph Hope due the day following his death. Furthermore. Joseph Hope had not even been committed for any trial. The coroner's report listed his death as accidental, and said that he had suffered from marked cerebral arteriosclerosis.

The immediate family and those who knew Joseph Hope feel you have maligned a public-spirited and kindly man, and that you have brought embarrassment into their daily lives. As you know, Canadian justice is clear in that, a man is not guilty until proven so by a court of law. Because the RCMP chooses to conduct an investigation does not mean that everyone involved is at once guilty.

Joseph Hope was born in Canada some 65 years ago. During the Second World War. he was well known for his assistance to many national leaders in prosecuting the Canadian war effort. Prior to his illness, he had been active in community affairs in Vancouver. In 1958, he was chairman of the Vancouver Chinese Public School Board, leading in the organization of the British Columbia Centennial Celebrations in Vancouver. Since 1959. however, he had suffered a decline in health, leading to hospitalization and constant medical treatment, including barbiturates and other drugs. — YING

HOPE. TORONTO

Mr. Ying Hope’s account is accurate. Joseph Hope had not heen committed for trial. Maclean's regrets any embarrassment this statement has caused Mr. Hope’s family or friends.

Where to find the liger

I enjoyed the article about Tiger Dunlop. Esq. (Aug. 25) but was sorry it did not tell where he is buried. His grave is on a high hill about a mile out of Goderich. A stone wall surrounds his resting place and the steps

up to it are painted white. It can plainly be seen across the river when coming down the hill out of Goderich . . . There arc signs on the road nearing Dunlop's tomb showing tourists where it may be found. — MRS. A. C., MITCHELL, ON I.

VVhv victims need restitution

Jack H. Batten's article. Justice for the victims of crime (July 14), should enlighten Maclean's readers on the appalling situation we have in our supposedly progressive country. A member of my own family was victimized by a thief who broke into her home and stole funds entrusted to her as treasurer of an organization. True, the housebreaker was apprehended and sent to jail but the money was gone and she repaid it out of her own pocket. Surely we have people in our country who are capable of

working together and wffio could in time arrive at a system of practical compensation for the victims of robbery and VIOLENCE.-M. BRAIN, PRINC L

RUPERT. B.C.

^ It is time somebody took up this cause but your article docs not, as stated in your headline, give the one solution that promises justice for both parties. Batten's idea of state compensation merely gives another bill to the taxpayers and not only relieves the criminal of the responsibility for his actions but. provides him with free board and lodging. The rehabilitation of criminals (punishment is now a bad word) should require that the criminals be put to work in a productive capacity, for three reasons: I. To repay society for his arrest and incarceration. 2. To develop the work habit in the subject. 3. To repay the victim of crime. — G. A. ROSE, TERRACE. B.C.

The first Canadian instant houses

I can hardly express my disappointment when Í read your article, Instant houses (July 14). Viking Vacation Homes introduced the préfabrication of "A’’ frame buildings to the Canadian public at the C.N.E. in 1958 and frankly struggled the first couple of years, trying to stand up to better design and quality in the prefab industry, until “A" frames caught on with the public. - PAUL HEDEGARD, PRESI-

DENT, VIKING VACATION HOMES, PORI CREDIT, ONT. ★