Brickbats and Bouquets
The Voice of the Klan
At our last regular Klonvocation, the following resolution re the Flag Question was submitted and adopted:
Whereas there is at present an agitation on foot to have the Union Jack superseded by a distinctively Canadian flag or ensign;
And whereas this is a great and vital national question;
And whereas we believe this movement is intended to sever another tie of our
relationship with the Mother Country and the British Empire as a whole;
And whereas the newspapers and periodicals of this Dominion are giving this question considerable publicity;
Therefore be it resolved that we as a body vigorously oppose any action or steps that the Federal Government may take toward making a change from the present use of the Union Jack as our national flag;
And be it further resolved that we heartily support the stand taken by the Lieutenant-Governor of this province in his statement to the press in regard to the Flag Question, in which he says: “I’m hot against it. The old Union Jack is good enough for us. We fought for it, bled for it, we have lived under its protection. If any government tries to tamper with it, they’ll find us up in arms.”
And also that copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the Honorable H. H. McLean, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick; MacLean’s Magazine; the Sentinel, and others.—The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Canada, Sussex, New Brunswick.
Glad to see MacLean’s still and always showing literary and general improvement. I consider it as necessary as the weekly roast, and as satisfying, but without inflicting any digestive disturbances to the mental appetite! Believe me, I would sooner miss my Sunday dinner than miss MacLean’s.—S. D. C., Victoria, B.C.
Aid to the Immigrant
I am an English immigrant, out here nearly three years, and although I have read many magazines on both sides of the ocean, yours is by far the best. It is a magazine that every new immigrant should read, for through its instructive articles he will realize what a tremendous country Canada is, and what a future there is in store for it. He will be able to correct any wrong impressions he has received, and will also know the aims and ideals of every true Canadian, to make it the finest country there is.—P. F. W., Sherbrooke, P.Q.
A Stefansson Fan
Referring to Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s article, I wish to move a hearty vote of thanks. As an “enraged” school teacher, angry over the geography question in our present Saskatchewan course study, it seemed that there was plenty of justification in voicing the sentiments of a number of my fellow teachers.
No one feels this lack of geography material for teaching more than does the new-fresh-from-Normal teacher, for he has not yet collected outside material. Not only is there a lack of material regarding our Northland, but regarding other regions as well.
Wishing the best of fortunes to this family’s favorite magazine.—A Saskatchewan-born School Teacher, Cut Knife, Sask.
The Newfoundland Question
We much admire MacLean’s and would not like it to be different in any way. I was much amused by E. F. D.’s letter on the Newfoundland question. I don’t know where he got his information, but the Wabana Iron Mines are not in Labrador, but on the west coast of Newfoundland, right across from Cape Breton. The salt for the Newfoundland fisheries largely comes from Cadiz, Spam. The Newfoundlanders’ fish markets are New York, Boston, and the West Indies. They have their own money minted at St. John’s. I dare say there is Canadian money in circulation, and some of the industries are controlled by Canadians. There is a great deal of American capital in Canada and many of our industries are supposedly owned by Americans, but I cannot see why that should be a reason for Canada becoming part of the United States.— A Newfoundlander, Maymont, Sask.
Skier’s Note Editor, MacLean’s:
Have been reading with great interest an article, “Tracks,” on ski-jumping in Canada, in your January issue.
It brings back memories of the ski jump at Grande Prairie, Alberta, Northern Peace River Country, where I lived for ten years.
Grande Prairie was the end of steel at the time this ski jump was built and a carnival was held for two days every winter, where other sports were carried on. At the present time, one week is given to the wonderful carnival which thous-
ands of people attend from all sections of the Peace River country and other parts.
There are many ski jumpers competing from the Scand’navian district at Valhalla, not far from Grande Prairie.
I enioy your wonderful Canadian magazine.—(Mis.) Edith Boyd, Tweed, Ont.
A Question of Facts
I have been a reader of MacLean’s for some years and have always felt confident that a distinct line was drawn between the “Fact Articles” and the Fiction. This confidence has been badly shaken by an article in your issue of Feb. 1, 1930, entitled “British Columbia’s Racial Problem,” as I happen to be in a position to know that some of the so-called facts are very far from being facts.
This article says: “In Hammond and Haney, Maple Ridge Municipality, the Orientals outnumber the whites in the principal school two tc one ”
One is at a loss to know what school the writer has in mind when he says “the principal school,” especially as we have not one school out of the ten in the municipality, of which his statement is even approximately correct.
In the two small towns mentioned, Hammond and Haney, there are three schools, one High and two elementary, with a total enrolment of 591, of whom 147 are Orientals, or one in four instead of two to one as the article states. The largest school, if that is what he means by “principal,” is Haney with a total enrolment of 281 of whom seventy-five are Orientals, or approximately the same proportion.
As these figures are easily procurable from the Education Department it would appear that the writer was more anxious to make out his case than to state facts. Surely we are not to assume that when we read of conditions in Nova Scotia or our great northern interior that the “facts” are as little dependable as in this article. —J. T. Harrison, Secretary, Maple Ridge School Board, Port Haney, B.C.
Favors “Club Control’’ of Traffic
I am a constant reader of your magazine, and enjoy it very much. Some of the articles appearing therein are good but generally every issue has something that is all wet.
In the January 15 issue you have an article, “Slaughter by Auto,” by “Redvers.” As I am deeply interested in autos, being vice-p:esident of the Manitoba Motor League, also chairman of the Safety Committee of this association, also having driven practically every make and design of car over all classes of highways and streets of cities and towns throughout the United States and Canada during the last twenty-six years, I think I know something about traffic.
I agree wich the first half of “Redvers’ ” article, but when he comes to his remedies, he shows himself to be what he is—a theoretical fanatic, who does not know anything whatever regarding highway and traffic control or safety.
All that is needed to make our streets and highways safe is “common sense,” to be used by all parties concerned. Starting with our legislators, city officials, county officials, police officers down to all users of our streets and highways, our governing bodies want to forget this sentimental educational campaign stuff. It may be good enough for some of these theorists, but it has proved that it does not show any practical solution. The remedy is, make sane regulations controlling all classes of traffic. Not only auto, but pedestrian, horse-drawn vehicles and bicycles, and enforce them with a club.
Not until then will you have traffic safety. Human nature is the same today as it has always been.—William T. Graves, East Kildonan, Man.
He Couldn’t Resist Temptation
Just a line of flattery! To speak truly, I got a bit tired of your regularity— “Here’s MacLean’s again, hang MacLean’s.’’ Yesterday evening I took up your latest almost in disgust but enjoyed W. A. Fraser’s elephant story, and Alan Sullivan’s is a gem. “What Becomes of our Politicians?” is good, and Sky Racketeers, also. Your accounts of what development goes on in Canada keep one up to date. Your aviation series is all right but give it a rest for two or three months.
The “Bucko Mate” was good. I appreciated old Captain Hallam’s spice of humor at the end and when the old lady is pointed out to him.
Your financial articles are always welcome and wholesome.—James Stone, Atikameg, Alta.
“I am Goaded to Protest”
H. A., of Hamilton, in objecting to a distinctive Canadian flag, offers the information that he thinks two-thirds of the Canadian forces in the great war were born in the British Isles. This statement has been made so many times that I put in my scrapbook the official figures published by the Toronto Star in 1926. They are as follows:
Total enlistments .............. 619,636
Born in Canada ................ 318,705
Born in England ............... 156,677
Born in Scotland............... 47,432
Born in Ireland ................ 19,342
Born in Wales ................. 4,772
Born elsewhere in Empire...... 9,241
Born in United States ......... 37,391
Not two-thirds, but thirty-nine per cent were born in the British Isles and as a fourth generation Canadian who served
in France, in a humble capacity, from July, 1916 until the end, I am goaded to protest against the contemptible effort made in some quarters to belittle the part that Canadians took in the war. The majority of the first contingent were born in the Old Country, but while I have no intention of detracting from their splendid record, it is only fair to state that in 1914 few expected the war to last six months and free transportation would naturally have a stronger appeal for those whose homes were on the other side.
I am also convinced that those opposed to a distinctive Canadian flag are making a noise out of all proportion to their numbers, and it appears that persons like “A British subject born in Canada” cannot discuss the question without making an offensive attack on a friendly people who are the best neighbors we could possibly have. Personally I am not greatly concerned over the flag question but my opinion is expressed in the advertising slogan, “Eventually, why net now?”—H. J. R., Calgary, Alta.
Doubts Wisdom of Flag Controversy
I am not so sure that you are performing a national service by injecting the flag question into the ordinary discussions of the day. It is quite evident from letters written to your paper that the people are anything but a unit, and no question can raise more bitterness or create loyal resentment than the discussion of the proposal to make a new flag.
First of all, why should not others than Canadian born be permitted to discuss the matter? Who comprised the C. E. F? Are these men to be debarred from expressing their opinions on what kind of a flag should fly over the country they fought for? C. E. Duncan, of Winnipeg, has another guess coming if he thinks this can be done.
In your last issue you have letters expressing two opposite opinions that will suit very few British Canadians. Mr. Duncan says: “Let us have a distinctive Canadian flag without the Union Jack,” and J. E. Doerr of Regina says: “There should be in the centre of the Union Jack, the fleur-de-lis.”
It is not the changing of the flag that loyal Canadians fear so much as to what the component parts of the new flag will likely be.—L. H. Saunders, Toronto.
An Anglo-Saxon and Proud of It
Apparently the subject of Anglo-Saxon development of the Peace River country is still in the foreground. It is rather amusing to learn the views of residents of far distant parts of Canada and England on our district, such as those of the Hon. Evan Morgan himself, Merrill Denison, and others who wrote for your last edition in Brickbats. If community spirit exists in any part of Canada, it surely reaches its highest peak in these outlying districts under discussion. The remarks of Observer, Niagara Falls, anent the placing of eight families per section instead of one betrays a rather sad lack of knowledge of the West. But comment on each individual point mentioned would require too much space. Has not the main topic been given too little attention in considering these digressions?
Life in the Peace River district is, in many places, even more strenuous than Evan Morgan thinks, for he was escorted through only the more settled parts. However, Anglo-Saxons are regularly occupying the far frontiers of our country —sometimes as far as 300 miles from a railroad, though these latter are the exceptions. Even in these outposts of civilization they often, yes, usually carry on with the success which we hope characterizes the activities of the race wherever they may be found.
The Anglo-Saxons that Evan Morgan knows best are living in their limited natural environment. It may be readily granted that they are not suited to the stern severe demands and the austerities of frontier life. Neither is the rough wood of beautiful trees in their natural environment suited to the construction of sturdy and beautiful articles of furniture or other purposes for which it is used, but, when removed from the clinging roots that have held it in place for generations, carved, trimmed and fitted, that same wood lends its hardiness and strength to its new use most admirably.
Some of the greatest characteristics of the Anglo-Saxon race have been, and, we hope still are, adaptability, courage, resourcefulness and initiative. Have we lost these traits entirely? Has our race so degenerated since the days when the
hinterlands of the Maritimes, Ontario, and then the prairies were torn open, and the frontiers pushed back to provide countless thousands of homes for those forefathers of ours of whom we speak with unlimited pride of race?
It is said that we ask these people of the British Isles to do something that Canadians “positively refuse to do.” Let such critics visit any of the frontiers of our land, and their words will be flung back in their faces!
Alas and alack! if the easier and softer life of the great centres of civilization has nurtured the thought that those finest characteristics of our race no longer exist. But such is not the case. That is proven by the tremendous influx of settlers into the farthest reaches of the Peace River country, consisting of, thank heaven, almost entirely those same maligned Anglo-Saxons.
Your magazine improves with almost each issue, and we too are distinctly proud of such a successful Canadian product.— Anglo-Saxon, Peace River, Alta.
He Will Be King
I was very much interested in “He Will be King” by Richard Dent, in your January 1 issue.
I was born at Marlow-on-Thames, England, Dec. 4, 1858, and remember the marriage of King Edward. Also I was part of a guard of honor to good Queen Victoria when she visited Lord Beaconsfield at Hughenden. The article amused me because, if Mr. Dent had lived in those days, he would have written almost word for word of Edward (Teddy) Prince of Wales. It was the common talk that he never would be King; but he was, and a jolly good one.
I left for California in ’81 but am always interested in such matters.
Incidentally, I admire the one hundred per cent value that MacLean’s gives us. George Carter, Vancouver, B. C.
A U.S. Opinion
I have read your magazine for the past year and I find it a very interesting and instructive publication. Your articles on the oil, gas and other resources of your country are very illuminating and instructive. It is especially interesting to us in the States to know the attitude of your people in regard to problems concerning the two countries.
I think your magazine is a great aid to mutual understanding between the people of our two countries.—B. B. Foster, Bartlesville, Okla, U.S.A.
He Wasn’t Fed on Academic Dry Rot
After reading Dr. Atlee and Prof. Hutton on university education, it is with considerable trepidation that I offer this brief criticism of both.
As an engineering graduate from the University of Toronto, I did not find that our examinations required intensive memorization but rather original thought and the ability to arrive at conclusions from independent investigations of the fundamental facts that had been given to us. Our lectures did not consist of “academic dry rot”; neither did they pertain to the “culture or philosophy of ancient Greece or Rome,” but had relation to the basic principles of engineering—the fundamentals of the various branches of the Arts and Sciences.
The value of a university education to the individual usually depends entirely on that individual—whether he developed at college the ability to think and act independently, whether he acquired the faculty of leadership and the ability to assume responsibility and develop under it; and more important than anything else whether he became imbued with the knowledge of service to his fellow man, his community and to his country at large.
These are the intangibles that the
majority of Canadian students acquire and to which they owe their success, not to the accumulation of data or notes. I lost every lecture note I had made, at a disastrous fire in a little backwoods French-Canadian mill town, soon after graduation, and it would be utter fallacy for me to believe that, as a result, my future success had been jeopardized.
Perhaps I am too practical and not sufficiently matured to differ from my elders, to whom I offer due apologies, but I believe that Canada, a young, undeveloped and growing country, requires leaders in thought and action to develop her industries and commerce, mines, forests and rivers, and not philosophers or complaisant elucidators of the culture of ancient civilizations.—S.P.S., ’23.,
Wants New National Song
I have been reading the exchange of views on the “Flag Question.” Not so very long ago, I attended a Rugby football game. Before the game began, the band played “0 Canada,” the spectators joining in. It seemed like a national dirge to me—not in keeping with the aspirations, the hopes and faith of Young Canada. It is wonderful in its way, but it does not convey a message of optimism nor is it inspirational; it was a relief to hear the sound of a foot against the ball. Much has been said about the need of a new flag for Canadian children, but I think a stronger case can be made out for a new song, something more cheerful and a bit more lively than our present national airs. Surely, the ideas and assistance of the youth of the country should be sought.—H. B. Robinson, Halifax, N.S.
The Flag Question
When I read Mr. Savage’s article on the flag, I was opposed to any change. I am a Canadian of fourth generation and was overseas. My wife, an ex-schoolma’m, seventeen years out from “Loyal Ulster,” on the other hand, was for a distinctive Canadian flag.
I have since decided, and I am not henpecked, that to have a distinctive Canadian flag will do neither Canada nor the Empire any harm.
I love the old Union Jack, and think it beautiful, stately, and distinguished looking. It stands for all the traditions and ideals of the British race. When we have a flag of our own, I hope it will be the old Union Jack, with a golden maple leaf in the centre.
We are a hundred per cent Canadian. We take only Canadian and U.K. publications, but we do listen to U.S. radio programmes. Good music is international and we listen to it from whatever quarter it comes. We have been greatly surprised at the high quality of the music, the talent of the musicians—both vocal and instrumental—and the really good English of the announcers from some U.S. stations compared to that from some of our western Canadian stations. We can’t get Canadian stations east of Winnipeg except once in a long time.— Charles S. Johnson, Castor, Alta.
Call For Major Drew
I am glad to say that your story “Canada’s Fighting Airmen” in your first December number is splendid. Please tell Major Drew to keep up the good work. Doubtless I am not the only one pleased to hear or rather read of our own Canadian airmen. Would appreciate another such story.—Bill Cram, Morden, Man.