Brickbats and Bouquets
He Thinks "Evan” Was Not Right
In your December 1 number I read with pleasure your remarks about the “penal prison” that the Peace River country is to an Englishman or Scotsman.
I have pioneered all my lifetime, and have two homesteads to my credit, and papers in my desk for the third one, and I claim to know whereof I speak.
You may be right in a few cases, but your majority is not large enough to warrant such sweeping expression.
In 1909 I came to this country and homesteaded north of the Red Deer River right in among the British.
Men that never saw a farm before, some druggists, jewellers, cabinetmakers, and
some bookbinders. And after one year of “halter breaking” to the country’s way, we find they are and have been as good as any “famous farmers” of the Western States. My experience among the Scots and English settlers, is “that he can and has held his own among us.”
Of course, Hon. Evan Morgan may have had a lonesome period of “blues” when he visited the Peace River country, but he should not express himself publicly whefi he is in that frame of mind.
I’m an Irishman, but I would not let such a misleading article go by without answering it, for I have pioneered among theta, and know the English and Scots ask for no favors from anyone. Matt O’Reilly.
This Thorn Has Its Rose
In your issue of January 1, 1930, you have an article, “Track,” which 1 enjoyed very much, but just a few days after reading it I happened to be in Camrose and one of the members of their Ski Club gave me a copy of the Canadian Ski Annual and I now feel that whoever wrote your article did not cover his subject thoroughly or he would have said something about the Camrose Ski Club. Camrose, of course, is only a small Alberta town but it is big as far as skiing goes.
If the Camrose Club had no other claim to be included in your outline of skiing in Canada, the fact that it produced the Dominion all-round champion last year should be enough, and the club is not even mentioned!
I would like to add in conclusion that in my opinion MacLean’s is now over the top. In MacLean’s we now have a magazine in Canada put up as well as the American magazines and much more interesting reading to Canadians.—G. P. Ponton, Edmonton, Alta.
I never fail to recommend your magazine in my travels as we appreciate your efforts to establish a purely Canadian magazine of which we are proud. I have been responsible for several new subscriptions to your paper this year and feel I have done everyone a service by so doing. N. J. Stobie, Ottawa, Ont.
We Need More “Pubs”! Says He
I have read with considerable interest, the article by Merrill Denison in the current issue of MacLean’s on the Hon. Evan Morgan’s recent visit to this country, and can only come to this conclusion that your contributor is anything but a Britisher. The whole article to my mind is full of veiled sarcasm; for instance, his statement that this country, if it remains British would become virtually static, or if it wishes to go ahead, has to seek population in those countries whose peasant class are primitive.
Our government railways and other organizations will go out of their way to bring over this primitive class, as we will call them, and dump them to become eventually a public charge by filling up our jails and penitentiaries and obtaining city relief during the winter months, all of which is an extra burden to the already heavily taxed taxpayer. We will encourage Mennonites and other races with names as long and as unpronounceable as the alphabet to come out in colonies, but would we encourage a Britisher in the same way? Oh, no! Let them come out singly and work for these people who live and breed like animals, illtreat and starve their hired help, do not pay them their wages, and finally turn them out to drift back into the cities and eventually to the land of their birth where, as can only be expected, they do some very valuable publicity work concerning Canada.
Reference was also made to the Hon. Evan Morgan mentioning the word “pub”. Personally I think it might do this country a great deal of good to have more “pubs” instead of the bootleg stuff which is still being made illicitly by these "primitive peasants.” Fred J. Buckingham, Winnipeg, Man.
He’s Coming Back
I am glad to renew my subscription to MacLean’s Magazine, as it is valuable, not only for the fine reading it provides, but because it is a splendid example of British patriotism.
In being loyal to Canada, we are building the British Empire stronger. That
may seem strange coming from a resident of a foreign country, but I am going home the minute I am free to do so.
Keep up the good work of making Canada as proud of herself as she should be.—M. M. McKenzie, Lancaster, California.
A Poser For Betty Bruce
Please ask the writer of the enjoyable “Pagan’s Progress” to tell the tale to a finish, will you? What is going to happen when the boy asks the representatives of the Game Commission for the bounty? The first thing they will ask for is his license to shoot predator; animals. He’s under age; he has .o license; he isn’t a farmer protecting his livestoci on his own land. Will Toby try to put the thing through for him? He’ll land in court, sure ! He can’t transfer his right to shoot to another. It’s “agin”’ che law. Will Laurie try to put it through? He’ll disgrace the uniform !
Oh, oh, oh, how is that boy going to get his bike? A special order-in-council or something like that is my only hope —Emilj Leavens, Vedder Crossing, B.C.
A Voice From Newfoundland
I also, with E.F.D., of Halifax, read with much interest the article written by the late Sir Patrick McGrath on Newfoundland and Confederation. I read with greater surprise the letter of the same E.F.D., in which he takes the late Sir Patrick to task for not making the misstatements, with which his, E.F.D.’s, letter is overrun.
He says that Canada by prohibiting the export of salt would hold Newfoundland in ti.e hollow of her hand, because we need that salt for our fisheries, which undertaking is the main source of livelihood for Newfoundlanders.
I admit that the fisheries are our chief industry, but that we are depending on Canada for our salt supply is news to us Newfoundlanders; it is only during the past few years that we have imported salt in quantity from Malagash in Nova Scotia, and at the present time not onethird of our supply comes from Canada, which means that over two-thirds of our salt comes from sources over which Canada has no control, and if Canada stopped exporting salt I guess the other third would be found just as easily.
He speaks of the Wabana ore mines being in Labrador and owned by a Canadian company. The fact is the Wabana mines are in Conception Bay in Newfoundland, hundreds of miles from Labrador.
He refers to Canadian Banks operating in Newfoundland. I wonder is it out of charity? I do not think so.
I am not trying to uphold what the late Sir Patrick has said. His statements in this matter cannot be refuted, but when articles such as E.F.D.’s letter are published, I think it is only fair to set them aright.
In conclusion, I would like to say a word of praise for MacLean’s. It is called Canada’s National Magazine, bul I assure you it is read with interest by hundreds of Newfoundlanders—the interest being greater, of course, when some article relative to Newfoundland is published in it. —Harold Squire, Eastport. Bonavista Centre, Newfoundland.
Here’s Part of the Reward Right Here
Please accept my congratulations on the increasingly fine product you are turning out. Some day you’ll most certainly receive your due commendation for your remarkable work of the past decade in building a magazine which has done so much to rescue Canadian periodicals in general from being swamped by the flood of United States opposition.— W. E. Gilbert, Fort McMurray, Alta.
Oh, Fred!—Answer This—
I have read Frederick Edwards’ story “Amateur” with considerable interest, but as one who heartily believes in the character-building possibilities of sport, I resent the readiness with which the press magnifies the shady side of our play life. There are tens of thousands of our young lads enjoying hockey today and for every one who cheats, there are hundreds who play honorably. Yet the former individual provides a story background that is read and accepted as fact by many who know only one view of sport while the great army of those who play for the joy of the game go marching on without a note of praise.
I would like to believe that the structure of Mr. Edwards’ hockey story was founded solely on imagination, but if it was not, I am sure it represents an isolated case rather than a true cross section of Canadian sport.
If there is any definite basis for Mr. Edwards’ story, I am sure the offense has been magnified in the telling, for no institution suffers more from the spread of flimsy rumors than does amateur sport. Everyone who has ever held an athletic office is well acquainted with the multiplicity of accusations, which when carefully examined really contain very little basis in fact.
It would please me considerably if Mr. Edwards could assure us that after all it was but a story or, if not, that he would tell us how far back he went in hockey history for the details of the man who returned the cheque and received his amateur card, also whether the conditions he describes are local or nation-wide.
Why not give us an article showing the better side of sport?—A Lover of Amateur Sport.
—And this one, too
I have just finished reading an article in your magazine that was not as truthful as it might have been.
I refer to the article of Frederick Edwards entitled “Twinkle, Twinkle,
Hockey Star,” and many readers will wonder where Freddie was when he penned that article of slush.
He spoke of the upstart westerners. Some of the “upstart westerners” that have performed in the N.H.L. are the Cook brothers of Saskatoon, George Hay, Dick Irwin, “Duke” Dutowiski, Charley McVeigh, Johnny Gotsileg, and Harold March, of Regina, “Duke” Keats, Eddie Shore, Art Gagne, and Joe Simpson and Johnny Shepherd, of Edmonton, Herb Gardiner, “Red” Dutton, the Thompson boys, “Dutch” Gainor, Herbie Lewis and Vic Ripley, of Calgary. These men are the N.H.L. in itself. (Hear, Hear.)
So “Tiny” Thompson is an Ontario youth? Trust Ontario to grab the praise. “Tiny” was born and raised in Calgary and received his hockey education there. Herbie Lewis does not play for Boston and never has. He is the centre for the Detroit Tigers. He is also a Calgary youth.
“Oh, East is East and W’est is West, and never the twain shall meet.” Yours for fair play, Douglas Smith, Calgary.
The Link Between English and French
In regard to our British flag, the Union Jack, the French-speaking people of Canada do not constitute an obstacle. The contrary is the fact. Their ancestors, while living on the west coast of France, were not Franks but Normans and Bretons. In 1190, their own king, Richard I., the Norman, though by conquest, King of England, in gratitude to God for the victory of his fleet over the Saracens at Beirut, in the Third Crusade, then adopted the Red Cross of St. George as his standard. In many a glorious bafile our French-Canadian ancestors marched under its folds. In England in 1274 it was definitely acknowledged in the time of
Edward I. Three hundred years later, those Normans and Bretons remaining in old Normandy and Brittany while their brothers had crossed to England, came over to Canada. They never abandoned their proper claims to the Red Cross as their standard. No flag is more their own than thus ancient Red Cross banner. It also is the basic portion of the Union Jack. Britons and Bretons, both by name and blood true British, how far flung now that British standard, the common flag of the world-wide British Empire.
In the Great War, the khaki of our soldiers was not distinctively English, Scottish nor yet Canadian. That uniform was British. Yet on that same khaki, our Canadians wore a mark of separation, a maple leaf. Yet none so ultra loyal as to question the propriety of that distinguishing symbol.
So, the Union Jack is the common standard and symbol of our united Empire. With similar reason it should be proper—without defacing the Jack itself - to place on the fly a green maple leaf, to symbolize Canada as a definite portion of the empire under the folds of the imperial Union Jack.—H. Percy Blanchard.
A Flag that Means Something
One point which seems to have been overlooked by those who are agitating for a national flag is the question whether we have a logical right to use it or not. To some people, apparently, a flag is merely a piece of bunting to be flown on ceremonial occasions and when patriotic feelings are aroused. As long as Canada remains in the humiliating position of having no navy of her own, and at the same time declining to contribute one red cent toward the cost of the British Navy, she remains under the shelter of the UNION JACK and as such has no moral right to a flag of her own. Even to a native-born Canadian this position is intolerable. When Canada is willing to assume the full responsibilities and liabilities of nationhood, it will be time for her to talk of a distinctive flag of her own.
I could add to the chorus of praise for your magazine which appears in every issue, and I enjoy every word of it.— Alfred H. Jenkins, Westmount, P.Q.
MacLean’s and the Crusaders,
Most Noble Order of Crusaders
Canadian Headquarters, Toronto.
I beg to enclose herewith a letter received from one of our Conclaves in Edmonton, Alberta.
This letter has received the approval of the Deputy Pro-Grand Master and is forwarded to you as requested by them.
The members of the Order generally have taken a keen interest in the articles appearing in MacLean’s and join with you in upholding the traditions of our Great Empire.—(Signed) G. L. McMurray, Grand Scribe.
Most Noble Order of Crusaders,
Fort Edmonton Conclave, Edmonton, Alberta. Editor, MacLean’s:
At a regular meeting of the above Order, held on Feb. 10th last, a resolution was passed that we forward you a letter of congratulation on the splendid way you are bringing to the notice of the Canadian public the real conditions of things in this country; especially the evils of foreign immigration, and for the bold mannei in which you publish matters of economic interest for the betterment of Canada.
As our Order is greatly interested in these subjects, it gives us great pleasure to read your sound reasonings and advice.
Incidentally, our members are all subscribers to your magazine, and accordingly feel that we are helping in your good work.—(Signed) W. R. Manning, Most Worthy Master; (Signed) James Spicer, Worthy Scribe.
Is there to be no protection for our magazine and book readers against the tendency to vulgarity, and even profanity, which is creeping into the reading matter of today? In one story in a standard magazine, the leading character "reached for a drink of whisky and water before going out.” In a leading magazine for young people, professing a high standard in everything, the term "You son of a gun” occurs repeatedly in one recent story. These are only instances of vulgarity. Now for something worse; of which we are getting plenty nowadays, in places where we should not get it: In one high-class (?) American monthly, largely circulated in Canada, I find this passage in a hospital story: Following some class of conversation in the maternity ward not usually made commonplace, between a prospective father and the nurse, one of the former, looking at some newborns,
says: "I’ll be d---d. The little devils.”
This laji^Ægë is repeated until it nauseates the'refined reader. And in one of our own Canadian monthlies, claiming a highclass pure-bred Canadianism, I find a sweet lady character saying to her lover (her lover, mind you): "I think we’d be seeing God,” said Ruth, her face upturned to the sky. And her lover answered: "Seeing God—what a thought—what a damn wonderful thought.”
We are asked to subscribe to these publications on various high-grounded and patriotic reasons, and yet, as family reading, this kind of putridness is scattered quite all along the reader’s path, taking him by surprise at any time. We want our children to read good publications, but when our pretended best magazines permit such stuff—such unspeakable and ignorant vulgarity—by their writers, what can we do? I hope never to find any of the low-lived stuff in MacLean’s.—An Anxious Father.
“He Himself Has Said It: He Is An Englishman”
Referring to the recent heated debate in your magazine on the problem of a national flag for Canada, I would suggest that the Stars and Stripes be adopted, as the Canadian people seem to be Americanizing themselves as much as is possible.
They welcome American propaganda in every shape and form, and many who profess to be British, refuse to support anything British which is brought up in this country.
Perhaps I am one of those “kickers” that most of my countrymen, residing in Canada, are supposed to be (which accusation, I think, is entirely unjust to the majority), but I would like to see these so-called Britishers give a little more encouragement and support to British people coming over here, and not so much to Americans.
As an example of the way Canada is leaning toward Americanism, I would like to draw your attention to the recent heavyweight fight between Scott and Sharkey. I notice that Sharkey received all, and Scott none, of the support of the Canadian papers.
It is a poor thing when Britishers cannot boost a Britisher, or at least, give him a chance to prove himself.
Meanwhile, I would like to congratulate you on the work your magazine is doing, by the publication of suitable articles, toward keeping Canada for the British.
I suppose that this letter, if you publish it, will draw a lot of criticism of both Scott and myself, especially as I sign myself.—An Englishman, Kapuskasing, Ont.
You Can Only get this View from the Canadian Side
Isn’t it rather startling that an allCanadian magazine should publish a print of the American Falls at Niagara, and give as the caption, "Picturesque Canada; View of Niagara Falls?” See issue of March 1, page 26.—C. T. Clark, Fairville, N.B.
Agrees with Dr. Atlee
Dr. Atlee’s article, applicable not only to university instruction, but to Canadian education in general ought to convince a thinking population that all scholastic things that glitter are not necessarily gold. If university professors still deliver musty lectures, schools also carry out the same practice in more exaggerated form. Teachers may come and go but the form of their instruction remains "the same yesterday, today and forever.”
If it were the universities themselves that were "crocked,” no outsider would much mind, but when they keep regularly sending out graduates—Ph.D.’s, M.A.’s, B.A’s—ministers, and teachers of ‘‘dry rot” to spread abroad this philosophy and tolerate no other, it is not strange that the masses demand the same training for their sons and daughters.
Professor Hutton, while agreeing in the main with Dr. Atlee’s statements, endeavors to shift the blame from the university and its teachers to the shoulders of the people. The whole process, however, forms a vicious circle—university professors, graduates, people. But one thing is noticeable, neither the university nor its professors ever make any very serious endeavor to get out of the rut.— Westerner, Calgary.
That Mild Freeze
In a recent article of MacLean’s by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, under the title "That ‘Frozen’ North,” one would be led to believe that the Arctic or north shore of Canada has a milder winter climate than that of southern Canada. Now I am not trying to argue that the actual lowest temperatures of either Manitoba, Saskatchewan or Alberta are not lower than they are in the Arctic or sub-Arctic, but it is a certainty that the average temperature from, say, November 1 to April 1, is considerably lower than it is in the three prairie provinces.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba have a lower average temperature than Alberta, for they are not affected by the Chinook winds to the extent Alberta is, and those Chinooks go very little farther, or at least their effect is not felt, north of Prince Albert or Lac La Biche.
As for blizzards, I have often heard from people who have lived there that the northern States have them worse than we do in this part of Canada, although we occasionally have a bad one here. So as far as the Arctic is concerned they may not be so severe. The duration of a blizzard here seldom lasts more than twenty-four hours, but at that it may be as severe as one lasting three or four days in the Arctic.
In the paragraph under title of Ground Frost, it is conceded that the ground does not entirely thaw out during the summer months whereas on the prairies it is always out of the ground before the first of June, which is reasonable proof that the continual low temperatures in the winter months freeze the ground to such a depth that the summer is not sufficiently warm to thaw it out.
Certainly the non-thawing of tl Î ground would be a great help to veget■> tion during dry weather and that >•; probably why, as the author points out, there is such a profuse growth of flowering plants. I have often thought our wheat crops on the prairies would fare better under similar conditions, especially in dry seasons. But I’m afraid the season in the most northerly part of Canada would be too short for the successful raising of such cereals as wheat.
No doubt our North Country will develop and become the greatest mining territory in the world and the richest, but it is doubtful if it will ever become as densely populated as southern Canada. There is no doubt the textbooks paint a pessimistic picture of the north and the author’s article is a worthy step toward having inaccuracies corrected.—G. M. P., Veteran, Alta.
A Satisfied Customer
Your magazine has given me much pleasure for many years and I hope to enjoy it quite a few more. Although well over seventy, with constant residence on this same old homestead since May, 1884, I am still gaining knowledge of this great Canada through your National Magazine, the tone and quality of which I most admire. The articles by Major Drew should be in every Canadian elementary school. They are splendid.—N. W. C. Baugh, Bridgebury, Sask.
A Man after Our Own Heart
MacLean’s is in a class by itself-gets better and better every issue—easily the best periodical of its class in Canada and as good as about ninety-nine per cent of American publications.—P. B. Macleod, Edmonton.
He, Too. Thinks Evan Was Right Editor, MacLean's:
Recently, I read an article by Merrill Denison, in your journal, which was written in support of the theory of the Hon. Evan Morgan that Canada in its present state is not the place for the deposition of the surplus populace of Great Britain.
Personally, I do not agree wholly with that theory. I would modify it and state that it wrould be the place for that surplus were the individuals comprising that surplus made to realize to what they were coming, what they were expected to give up, and what would be their reward.
A friend of mine—an expert in the candy business—found himself among the workless in Great Britain. He enrolled for training, completed it and embarked for the land of promise. During the voyage he confided in me, and told his plans:
“What I intend to do is this,” he said. “I have to work on some farm or other for a year. Well, I don’t mind that. It will enable me to get sufficient experience to run a place of my own. My people have a little store at home, and when I can find asuitable tract of land, and am free of obligations, I shall bring them^out here and we should, by pulling together, be able to make a success of it. I am not just coming out here, as many undoubtedly do, for the trip but honestly hope to make a new home in Canada, and settle here permanently.”
Arrived in Canada, he took his order for a food supply—sufficient for a journey to Winnipeg to the lunch counter in or near the immigration sheds, and received two bags, each containing four ounces of butter, two large packets of soda wafers and two tins of salmon. In both eases thesalmon was unfit for human consumption. (Incidentally, I was “stung” at the same place. I got an identical bag and it cost me $1.50, so I can vouch for the contents). When he arrived in Winnipeg he was immediately packed off to a farm in southern Saskatchewan. He started in to work and was told at pay-day that he was “raw.” He admitted it, and came to an agreement to work for his board all summer, and the farmer undertook to retain him all winter on the same conditions. Time passed along and the harvests were all gathered in. My friend was immediately fired. He was lucky as trainees go, and got another situation, his board and room being remuneration once again. Here the farmer raised Cain because the poor fellow, went over to a neighboring farm, where there were some young people and returned at eleven p.m.
By this time, winter with its icy blasts had arrived and his English style clothes were not a sufficient protection against below zero temperatures. As he was "thoroughly and utterly disgusted and fed up,” to quote a letter he wrote me, he quit the job and went into one of the cities in an endeavor to obtain a situation, where at least, enough money to buy clothes necessary for adequate protection was forthcoming. He succeeded in his object, but his experience, which is far. far, from uncommon and quite mild in comparison with others, has so embittered him, that he has decided to return to his home as soon as it is humanly possible.
That fellow wfas in real earnest, and was determined to do his utmost, because he had hoped to do something to soften the declining years of his parents. He, too, gave up in despair. He had pictured Canada as being wild and hard, but the reality was even worse than any picture he had framed in his mind’s eye. He was young, strong, intelligent and willing, yet he could not even get a “nickel" remuner-
ation. What hopes had he then of attending those social institutions on a parallel with an English publichou.se as the Hon. Evan Morgan said, even if there were these for him to be able to attend?
Many others besides my friend have had similar experiences, and when they return to Great Britain, those experiences will be told and believed, however much the propagandists and advertisers try to laugh them to scorn. How can Canada hope to receive British immigrants, when those tales get known? I fail to see how anyone but a “must-see-for-myself” person, and a “fortune-in-ten-minutes” man will come.
Unless something tangible is done, some practicable system evolved whereby everybody gets at least sufficient to clothe themselves suitably, great difficulty will be found in obtaining the consent of young people to go to Canada. The story of a returned person will have much more effect than any favorable picture that the advertising agents may endeavor to paint.—Donald Ross, Saint John., N.B.
Another Newfoundlander Heard From
I have been getting your magazine for the past ten years. It is a great paper. After I am finished with it I usually send it to Newfoundland for my friends to read.
I notice in the last issue a letter from one calling himself E.F.D., Halifax, who talks about Newfoundland and Confederation. I am very sorry for this person’s ignorance of Newfoundland. We in Newfoundland do not want Confederation and can well do without it. E.F.D. claims that because we have Canadian banks in Newfoundland they, the Canadians, own or claim the country. Does Canada claim ownership of all the foreign countries she has branch banks in? The banks would not go there if they did not get well paid. Not to my knowledge is there one manufacturing concern owned by Canadians doing business in Newfoundland. What fish is sold in Canada from Newfoundland is only a day’s fishing compared to w'hat is sent across to Spain, Portugal, and the West Indies as well as to Brazil.
Newfoundland depending on Malagash for salt? The man must be dreaming. What Newfoundland gets from Malagash is only a thimbleful compared with the thousands of tons that Newfoundland imports direct from Cadiz and Turks’ Island. The Cadiz salt is used most in Newfoundland because it is considered the best. So it is.—“Terra Nova,” North Sydney, N.S.
The Flag Question
Born in Western Canada at a time when the pioneers of this vast west were beset by Riel, I feel strongly on the flag question. The Union Jack was our refuge, and through the years the same flag displayed from the staffs at all N. W. M. Police posts was the symbol of law and order and became an institution in the lives of the pioneer.
The controversy in your columns upon this vexed question had best never been raised. It is regrettable that there should be those who look upon our vaunted freedom to manage our own affairs as an opportunity to declare a separation from the Motherland by uprooting Britannia’s flag.
The name, Savage, is a fitting one for the author of an article which if persisted in will bring about grave consequences and it is to be hoped that a Canadian National Magazine of the calibre we trust is yours will take a stout stand in defense of our Flag and thus put at rest the misgivings born of the ill-advised question.
In conclusion, I would ask your cooperation in acquainting your many readers of the Buchan version of “O, Canada.” What more truly national song could there be than one whose musical accompaniment was written by a French-Canadian and whose words were written by an Ontario man? This version is truly Canadian and not French-Canadian as is the version now used.— D. Green, Fenton, Sask.
The text of the Buchan version of “O Canada” follows:
“O, Canada, our heritage, our love,
Thy worth we praise all other lands above; From sea to sea, throughout thy length, from pole to borderland,
At Britain’s side, whate’er betide, unflinchingly we’ll stand,
With heart we sing ‘God Save the King.’ Guide Thou the Empire wide do we implore, And prosper Canada from shore to shore.” —D. Green, Fenton, Sask.
The Photo was Bought from a Maritimer
I have been a subscriber to MacLean’s for several years now and have always derived great pleasure and profit from reading it. I have always admired the impartial way in which you have dealt with the Maritimes. In this respect you differ greatly from most of the Upper Canadian publications, and are truly allCanadian. However, I noticed a snap-
shot that does not flatter us. It. was entitled “Low Tide at. Parrsboro’, N.S.” It is like a good many of the other pictures published from down here. They seemed to be all designed to give the impression that this country is all little rocky coves. High tide would make a big difference in that one picture. We really have some wonderful scenery.
I wish to take exception to the contents of the letter from “British Citizen,” in the January 1 issue. Go ahead and toot Canada’s horn for all you are worth. We are a young country and need all the advertising and boasting we can get, so don’t let him scare you. I enjoy reading all your articles whether pro-Canadian or not. Don’t get much time for reading the stories, although my wife tells me they are excellent.—A. F. W., Freeport, N.S.
Enlistments in C.E.F.
The letter from H. A., Hamilton, in which he states “two-thirds of the men who formed Canada’s Army were born in the British Isles” requires correction. The following are the official figures for the enlistments in the Canadian Forces. These can be verified by the Director of Records, Ottawa.
Canadian Born (Enslish-speakinK) .. 259,872
Canadian Born (French-speaking) .... 57,833
English Born ........................ 150,163
Scottish Born ........................ 46,850
Irish Born ........................... 19,452
Welsh Born ......................... 4,830
British Colonies outside Canada ...... 7,256
United States ......................: 37,391
Other Nations ....................... 6,725
—A. H. Yetman, Secretary-Treasurer, Manitoba Provincial Command, The Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League.
A Warning From the United States
We have enjoyed “The Room with the Iron Shutters.” It is a real mystery. “The Last Convoy” was fine, too. We thoroughly enjoyed “A Son of Eli ” It is refreshing to read “Canada’s Fighting Airmen.” Wish I could put a copy in every American school. The ignorance of so many people of things outside their own country is appalling.
The Flag Question has been quite interesting and has brought out some original ideas. I am an Englishman by birth and love the Old Flag, but I think Canada should have her own flag which would be recognized in foreign countries.
If Canadians knew of the conditions existing in large United States centres, populated mostly by foreigners from Southern and Central Europe they would close the doors to all such and allow only emigrants from Northern Europe and the British Isles to enter the Dominion. They would certainly keep Canada Canadian and British.—H. J. Clark, Detroit, Michigan.
This Is Most Certainly Not a Brickbat
I am a regular reader of MacLean’s and I think it is first always. My opinion in the world of literature is not worth a great deal as I am only a Peace River farm boy. But I will say one thing: I am a true Canadian and love to read Canadian stories. My favorite author, Major Drew. I enjoyed immensely and I thought his articles on “Our Fighting Airmen” among the best I have ever read.
Our neighbor, the U.S.A., has many more magazines than we. But one thing that Canada can boast is that MacLean’s is equal to any two of the United States wild western trash.—H.R.N., Waterhole, Alberta.