Brickbats Bouquets

September 1 1934

Brickbats Bouquets

September 1 1934

Brickbats Bouquets

Youthful Leaders Not Lacking

Youth is in revolt and only lacks leadership. Nor is the leadership entirely nonexistent. I feel confident that there are many young men and women in Canada who have the qualities of leadership, but who are too busy scraping together bread and butter to lead an effective movement.

Miss Arnold flays youth because they do not achieve reforms. What chance has youth against their elders who selfishly hold on to the strings of power and refuse to give the young people a look in? The jxjlitical parties are dominated by oldsters who look with scorn and dislike upon the young people. From my personal experience I remember vividly how the senior members of the Liberal Party in this city frowned upon and fought the formation of a Young Liberal organization. A political party that was supposed to stand for youth and advancement actually was strenuously opjxjsed to letting youth have any say whatsoever !

1 do not like Miss Arnold’s insinuation that there are no leaders among youth. I know personally a young man in this province who has all the earmarks of a leader and has actually achieved much. When he was only a lad in high school he showed his character by organizing a movement to persuade the citizens of Saskatoon to build a gymnasium and auditorium for the high SC!MX)1, and carried it through successfully.

It is youth led by active, capable, and thinking young men like him who will lead Canada to reform and to legislation that will benefit the masses. E. Kreutzweiser, Saskatoon, Sask.

The New Canada Movement

I wish to express my appreciation of the success you attained in the July 1 number.

You mention that the New Canada movement is highly endorsed, but let me assure you that such fine applause as you have given it will help greatly in stirring up the sluggish spirits of Canada's youth to a full realization of their obligations as candidates for the leadership of Canada.

In "Tell Britain” you present Colonel Drew in an article more approaching a "grand finale” than in anything he has yet written.—C. Dowdall, Porquis Junction, Ont.

Clean Literature

I am more than pleased with your magazine. It is an asset to every home. Clean literature, intelligent news, and unbiased opinions of your different writers, 't our fiction is clean, Kent Power stories taking first place, sea stories it close second, your financial news jxige being excellent. I certainly recommend this magazine to all.— II. G. H. Voigt, Neudorf, Sask.

Why Farmers Fay Low Wages

lí farmers ever expected something for nothing they have long ago given up this idea. It is all the other classes who have been and are doing this. If the farmers were receiving a square deal-decent prices for their products -they could and would pay a decent wage to their help. As it is, the $10 a month offered the hired man is an additional hardship which often means less clothes and other necessities to the farmer and his family.—(Mrs.) S. Wesley Johns, Drayton, Ont.

Thank You

Almost every copy of your magazine moves me to say "Thank you” for some article therein.

Thanks so much for "Dumb Talkies.” Now, since you have added your influence to the movement for clean entertainment, perhaps we shall get it.

May as well say thanks for "Thunder

Over Asia,” "Backstage at Ottawa,.....Fell

Britain,” Kent Power stories and—oh, well, thanks for a real magazine.—(Mrs.) E. A. Ratcliffe, Brantford, Ont.

An Olympic Champion

IL II. Roxborough makes an inexcusable error in his article “Empire Field Day.” He says: “R. M. N. Tisdall, current 400metre Olympic titleholder.”

Mr. Tisdall is not the current 400-metre Olympic titleholder. That honor rests on the head of little Bill Carr from the University of Southern California who won the 400 metres at Los Angeles and set a new world’s record indoingso.—John G. H. Hart, Winnipeg.

Money and Credit

Mr. Casson says a bank’s business is lending money. A bank's business is lending credit, which is bank notes and bank deposits and they are two entirely different mediums of exchange.

Money in Canada today is copper, nickel and silver coins to limited amounts, and Dominion notes to unlimited amounts.

The proper way to find out what money is in Canada is to look at the Dominion Banknote Act, the Currency Act, the Bank Act and the Finance Act, which would not be very much miscalled if they called it the Swindle Act.

If the "flaming youths” of today can regain one quarter of what the flaming youths of twenty or thirty years ago have lost, I’d say they would be doing pretty fair.—Neil Hamilton, Kincaid, Sask.

Should be in Every Home

Maclean’s should be in every home in Canada as well as in the schools, as it is the only true Canadian magazine we have.— I. R. McCannell, Bracken, Sask.

Entertainment Prevails

By what right does Mr. Amy vilify the intelligence and good taste of the American and Canadian public which, I presume, “pays good money” for the stories he writes? Do I hear a murmur of “glass houses?”

I am not a movie fan. But when I do go to the movies I go to be entertained, not to criticize. Even in that mood, I admit, one finds much of which one disapproves, but the entertainment prevails.

If Mr. Amy did not mention Garbo and Arliss I would suggest that he has been asleep for the last four or five years or in some land in which the movies are not. For in those years the great prevalence of closeups which he bemoans has been largely reduced. I cannot remember any very recent ones except in the news-reels. And the day of the actor and actress who are beautiful but dumb has also passed. The advent of the talkies and the awakening minds of the public have brought about the unlamented demise of those meteoric careers. Surely Mr. Amy would not class among the "brainless stars” Elissa Landi, Mary Pickford, Marie Dressier, George Arliss, Fredric March, the Barrymores, for instance. If he does, he must base his findings upon an incredibly high standard of intelligence. And who would ask such superiority of those who entertain us?

I would suggest to Mr. Amy that, if the talkies cause him so much distress, he refrain from helping to keep up the boxoffice receipts. My personal opinion is that the production of two such pictures as "Death Takes a Holiday” and “David Harum” are almost enough to justify the whole industry.—A. H. Wilkinson, Windsor, Ont.

Education Overrated

"Flaming Youth” makes interesting reading for a few minutes, but as for digesting it—pouf!

In the first place, the youth of the country does not consist of "a young lawyer or a doctor or a teacher or a businessman — his sister is his twin.” Surely this does not refer to the majority of Canada’s youth. Rather, he might be a young truck driver or a fireman or a worker in one of the many factories or a hired man from Canada’s farmlands who takes his politics seriously.

The reason Canada’s youth is not in the political arena so early as in former generations is that he has hurdles to jump of which his grandsire never knew. The standard is much higher than that of the late seventies when a young man having the desire could, with night schooling, prepare himself for a political career.

I have great respect for education, but I think its value is grossly overestimated.— (Mrs.) Olive Leville, Ruthven, Ont.

A Question Answered

R.R.G., Galt, Ont., wanted to know as to the necessity of Dominion bonds bearing interest, instead of Government money.

The reply is that issue of the latter would simply depreciate the value of currency already issued and therefore tend to increase prices proportionately. Bond issues transfer purchasing power from the lender to the borrower, in return for which interest is paid.—C.W.P., Ste. Anne’s, P.Q.