Brickbats and Bouquets

January 15 1930

Brickbats and Bouquets

January 15 1930

Brickbats and Bouquets

Newfoundland and Confederation

Editor, MacLean’s:

I read with much interest the article “Newfoundland Stands Aloof,” by the late Sir Patrick McGrath. I noticed that Sir Patrick only dealt with the disadvantages which appear to him that Newfoundland would be under, were she to become part of Canada, and does not say one word regarding the advantages she would receive by joining Confederation; which shows him to have been strongly prejudiced against Union. Well I will endeavor to fill the gap by showing the advantages to my mind that Newfoundland would receive by joining Confederation. In the first place, she is practically part of Canada now, as her banks are Canadian banks and her money in circulation is Canadian money. The few manufactories she has are owned and operated by Canadians and the Wabana Mines in Labrador are controlled by Canadian capital. Her chief industry is the fisheries which is the livelihood of the majority of her population, and she is dependent on Canada for the sale for said fisheries which she gets from Malagash, Nova Scotia. Were the Dominion Government to prohibit the exportation of salt and say we want our salt for our fishermen, she would hold Newfoundland in the hollow of her hand. Anti-Confederates answer this by saying, “We can get salt from Turk’s Island.” They do not tell, though, the heavy cost of this procedure by having to import a full cargo at a high price, paying transportation charges on same, customs duty, warehousing, fire insurance, taxes and the loss of the use of the money paid for said cargo or interest to a bank if money is borrowed to pay same. If they were part of Canada they would be sure of a supply of salt at all times at low prices, and in such quantities as they need from time to time and without having to pay any duties thereon.

Then they would not have to pay for the upkeep of a Government and the offices in connection therewith, and the salaries of judges, officers of the court, upkeep of courthouses, custom houses, postoffices, etc.—E. F. D., Halifax, N.S.

The Misjudged North

Editor, MacLean’s:

Mr. Vilhjalmur Stefansson is to be complimented on his bold and timely criticism of current methods of teaching Arctic and sub-Arctic geography in our Canadian schools.

Recently I was speaking with an Ontario public school teacher. I was more than surprised to discover that this party had practically no knowledge of the North, and on further enquiry I was told that very slight attention was given it in geography lessons. The “midnight sun” appeared to be the leading feature of these lessons, but very little, if anything, was known of the long, warm summer days when the sky is diamond clear with the brightness of the North. Of the limitless stores of metallic ores in the northern countries, and of the marvellous geological records in their soils nothing seemed to be known. Yet the valley of the Lena holds the key to the history of most of the so-called “glacial” soils of the northern hemisphere.—G. D. C. S., Simcoe, Ont.

It’s a Very Nice Tribute Editor, MacLean’s:

If I had to give up all magazines and just keep one magazine, MacLean’s would be my choice. Mine is a very humble tribute, but I would just like you to know how much I and the rest of our family enjoy it.—Miss G. H., Montreal.

MacLean’s in the Schools Editor, MacLean’s:

According to up to date methods in teaching in collegiate institutes, high schools, etc., where obtaining the students’ interest is a big factor, I wish to state that MacLean’s is very useful. “An Industry in Peril,” by E. Newton-White, for example, if posted in classrooms is of great value to teachers of geography as it brings this subject home to the students as one of great importance in their lives. “A Canadian View of the St. Lawrence Question,” by E. C. Drury, is valuable material to debaters in Literary Societies. It is unnecessary for me to go on giving examples, for something of value concerning almost every subject is found in your magazine. Thus may I add to the recent discussion on Canadian text-books for our schools that we also use Canadian magazines to advantage in our schools. I am making use of your magazine on the classroom bulletin boards, and hope that I obtain as many articles of interest in the future as in the past.—H.J.H.M., Timmins, Ont.

Editor, MacLean’s:

Just a line to let you know how delighted we are with the Canadian Snapshots in MacLean’s. In school the children have to have pictures of all the different things they study, and in geography it is nice to have all Canadian pictures: Canals, Bridges, Falls, Rivers, Rapids, Dams, Lakes, etc.

At home we are starting a scrapbook, Picturesque Canada—Nothing but Canadian pictures and the description of each. Hoping you will always have a few Canadian Views in each issue. We enjoy the magazine immensely.—Mrs. D. H. A., Burlington, Ont.

We Like to Print Them

Editor, MacLean’s:

I feel it is only right that I should send you a “bouquet” in appreciation of your efforts to establish aworth-while Canadian National Magazine. MacLean’s is a very welcome visitor every two weeks, and I look with pleasure to the arrival of each number. Among its many good features I enjoy the “Canadian Snapshot Album,” which is educational as well as interesting. Many Canadians do not know their own country well enough, and “See Canada First” might be more frequently advocated.—A.L., Nelson, B.C.

We’ll Get the Boys Together Editor, MacLean’s:

A bone to pick with your Oct. 1 issue. Your article on “An Industry in Peril” predicts Canada’s lumber will be exhausted in 25 years. Your article on Newsprint Securities (page 88) speaks on page 89, line 9, of Canada’s “almost unlimited resources.”

It follows that one or other of these two articles is entirely misleading. All this does not alter the fact that you have the best magazine in the world. Your north country articles and stories I find especially interesting.—Harold Humphrey, Kerrobert, Sask.

Another Sandwell Supporter

Editor, MacLean’s:

As a satisfied subscriber and constant reader of your Canadian periodical, I wish to express appreciation of the contents, and in particular an article by B. K. Sandwell entitled “The Great Canadian Fallacy” which appeared in October 1st issue.

For obvious reasons Mr. Sandwell will be attacked from various directions by those in power, though he has only to cherish his nerve and analyze the objections.—F. L. Rhein, Sask.

The Shadow of the Village Pump

Editor, MacLean’s:

May I express my hearty agreement with Mr. Merrill Denison’s article in your issue of Dec. 1 on the utterances of Hon. Evan Morgan. Mr. Morgan might have expressed himself more happily, though I question if he would have been as effective. But in substance he told the truth when he said we are asking English men and women to undertake pioneer work which Canadians positively refuse to do. And again Mr. Denison hits the nail on the head when he says that Canada surely is old enough tostand a little wholesome criticism without uttering loud squeals of anguished resentment. Apparently our capacity

for swallowing fulsome flattery is unlimited—equalled only by that of the United States. Gtish ad lib. about our great Dominion we welcome, and we purr contentedly when visitors from afar tell us what extraordinarily gifted supermen we are as to brains, physique, accomplishment, courage, and so forth. But should anyone dare to suggest that there are any drawbacks in Canada or that we have any defects,—why, what the digamma do the blighters mean?

Just at present there is a controversy raging in MacLean’s Magazine over the problem of a national flag for Canada. Some of our editors publish passionate editorials upon our “National status”, shake their fists and scowl defiance toward Downing Street, and truculently assert our “independence.” Well, if we are so devilish independent and so full of national status, in the name of common sense let us act like grown up people and not like overgrown children, spoiled and petulant. When I was a child I spake as a child: when I became a man I put away childish things. Alas, the shadow of the village pump is over us still ! Mr. Denison echoes the sentiments of a multitude of the younger Canadians who are wearied and ashamed of being fed juvenile lollipops by cautious visitors and friendly onlookers instead of the strong meats suitable for manhood. I congratulate MacLean’s Magazine upon becoming the medium for the expression of so much robust, healthy, sane Canadian sentiment. — Maple Leaf, Toronto.

Some Day We Hope It Will Be

Editor, MacLean’s:

Just to tender a few words of praise for your All-Canadian Magazine. It is sure the best ten cents worth that ever I have read. It is in my opinion a readable magazine from cover to cover, which is more than can be said for most magazines. Your article by B. K. Sandwell, “The Canadian Fallacy,” is very interesting and I’m sure it will provoke comment. The serial makes me wish that MacLean’s was a weekly instead as at present, and maybe it will be eventually, eh! what! —H. Stopford, Winnipeg.

A Substitute for “Pubs”

Editor MacLean's:

I have been a reader of your magazine for a great many years and I admire its healthful Canadian tone. Would not like to be without my MacLean’s.

You have given us a scroll from time to time on “What’s wrong with our school books?” with Ottawa, etc. You must have been proud of the praise accorded you.

Have just finished reading Merrill Denison’s clever article on what Hon. Evan Morgan meant when he used the word “pub” as a necessity to the Peace River District if we were to have it peopled. He used the word "pub” as an allegory. It stood for village shops, town hall, hotel, church steeples, community spirit. I made a trip West over twenty years ago coming from Prince Edward Island where the average farm is eighty acres, mixed farming is general and towns and villages are numerous. I was appalled at the people living so far apart. I remarked at the time, that unless they farmed smaller parcels of land they would never people it. There’s the crux of the immigration problem. Eighty acres mixed farming, if well farmed, should be enough. Let us have eight families on a section, not one. That will give villages, schools, churches, stores, the community spirit.

Write an article on “What’s wrong with Immigration”—you can do it better than I can. Let’s have this West of ours more thickly peopled and villages, stores, schools, churches and the community spirit will work its own solution.—Observer, «Niagara Falls, Ont.

Prefers Death to Divorce

Editor MacLean’s:

I have been a reader of MacLean’s for a long time and I think I appreciate, and am wholly in sympathy with, your effort to produce a high class Canadian magazine. I have especially enjoyed “Canada’s Part in the Great War” and the stories about the splendid achievements of our‘airmen. There are many other good and instructive articles and stories.

But I do not like that story “A Son of Eli” by W. G. Hardy. There are such easy ways of disposing of undesirable characters now, that I think the author might have planned better by using a drunken driver and an auto instead of a divorce. Seeing that Gladys deserved to be killed anyway, I don’t like the finish in the story.

Please keep MacLean’s clean and sweet. I cannot imagine Dickens or Scott writing a story with an ending so unsavory. It would be quite correct I suppose in the States. But save us from that sort of thing in Canada. We have too much American stuff coming in. Therefore the more need to keep our own literature clean. I hope I am not presumptuous.— C. A. Cameron, London, Ont.

Quite So

Editor, MacLean’s:

I am very pleased with your magazine and have taken great interest in the various letters and interviews you have published in connection with the flag question.

As one who is “other than Canadian born,” to use Cecil Cameron’s words, a fact I may assure the gentleman, I was not consulted upon. I might say that when the C.E.F. was being recruited in 1914-15 about umpteen thousands of us “other than Canadians born” were not told it was a matter purely for those born in this country.

There’s your answer, Cecil.

Mine for the Union Jack and Maple Leaf.—A. H. Woledge, Calgary, Alta.