Brickbats BouQuets

May 15 1936

Brickbats BouQuets

May 15 1936

Brickbats BouQuets

Support for Colonel Drew

The enclosed resolution is self-explanatory and was adopted by Branch 34, Canadian Legion of New Glasgow, N.S.

“Will Canada Support Britain?” is, in my opinion, one of the finest articles ever to appear in any of our Canadian magazines, in that it is not only convincingly true in every detail but also so plain and simple in composition that the average school child can absorb it.

It is regrettable that we in Canada are not blessed with more men of the calibre of Lieut.-Col. Drew so that our citizens might be able to have a clearer understanding of our true position rather than the one we get from so many writers not only in Canada, but the U.S.A. as well.

I sincerely hope that, with the permission of Colonel Drew, you will give our resolution the publicity you think it is deserving of, and I can assure you it will be appreciated by Branch 34.

My very best wishes to Maclean’s. May it prosper,—John P. Macintosh, Branch No. 34, Canadian Legion, New Glasgow,

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Whereas there appeared in the March first number of Maclean's Magazine an article by Lieut.-Col. George A. Drew entitled “Will Canada Support Britain?” and

Whereas the contents of this article deal with a matter of paramount importance to all Canadians, and

Whereas our people are being misinformed regarding Britain’s policy within the League of Nations by some magazine articles and radio broadcasts:

Be it resolved that we, the members of Branch 34, Canadian Legion B.E.S.L., New Glasgow, N.S., compliment Colonel Drew for his very able and timely article, and recommend that the said article be read and brought to the attention of all patriotic organizations in Canada.

And be it further resolved that copies of this resolution be sent to Lieut.-Col. George A. Drew, Editor Maclean’s Magazine, Dominion and Provincial Headquarters of the Canadian Legion of I B.E.S.L.—Canadian Legion No. 34, New Glasgow, N.S.

Political Economy

Your article on academic freedom by McGill’s versatile humorist is very fine. He, however, did not go far enough. If he had suggested that most of our professors of political economy are more concerned with defending a financial capitalist chair of economics in a state university than they are in the search for truth, lie would have finished the story.—A. J. McDonald, Edmonton.

Happy Reader

In the constant barrage of press, magazine and radio bombardment of expert and inexpert opinion about anything and everything—“words without action, and actions j without worth”—there comes “Happy : Tonga,” by Captain George Maynard.

A fragrant, subtly told word picture that i refreshes, informs and amuses.—Earl Leo Bernier, Vancouver.

Refreshing and Sane

I have been a constant reader of ! Maclean’s for over twenty years, and enjoy j it very much. It seems to me a clean, redj blooded Canadian magazine—very inter! esting, refreshing and sane. More power to ¡ you.—G. K. R., Hampton, N.B.

A Vote for Townsend

I thoroughly dislike Mr. Clapper’s method of expounding a new idea. Why should he cry down with sarcasm and contempt anyone who dares to think differently from himself? Has Mr. Clapper tried being a country doctor? I feel certain if he had, he would have lost some of his unbearable intolerance. Surely we are not called to look down on the man who dared to struggle through college. Dr. Townsend must be far above the average or he wouldn’t have struggled, but would have sat down and written half-baked articles about those who did struggle.

Mr. Clapper no doubt has the solution of “Want in the face of plenty.” and we will look forward to his exposition of the same in an early issue.—S.M.A., Kawende,

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A Correction

In your issue of February 1, page 56, you say “In 1871, five years after the Indian Mutiny.” As the Indian Mutiny was in 1857, this would be fourteen years after. —H. D. Metcalfe, Winnipeg.

Doubts Tourist Figures

One of your editorials states that “Director Lee Dolan, of the Canadian Travel Bureau, estimates that during 1935 nearly twelve million U.S. tourists crossed our border, and left two hundred millions of dollars with us!” An average of about $16.50 per head, or, for five passengers, $82.50 per carload. Aren’t you laughing?

It should be considered that a great mass of border crossers are merely “daytrippers,” that quite a number of the heads counted are those of minors, and a large number are merely Visiting friends and hardly spend a cent !

Even the few thousand who do patronize the expensive resorts and hotels would have to spend fabulous sums to bring up the average. Do they? The average successful man is not a waster.

It seems to me—and not particularly picking on Mr. Dolan, as all the service club men, the advertising men, the autoclub men, the publicity boosters in general, are tarred with the same brush of exaggeration and employ “estimates”—it seems to me that if we want statistics on the tourist business we must go elsewhere than to those who may be prejudiced in favor of making their own job appear more important and necessary than they might really prove to be.

At any rate, it does seem a waste of good Government money to maintain the salary of so many publicity heads throughout the country, so that they may indulge in wild, purely theoretical multiplication, and expect the public to swallow it as fact?

Two hundred million in one year, among a population of about ten million, should he felt. Where is it? How many hotels, for instance, are “out of the red?”—W. W. C., Vancouver.

It Was the Mitylene That Awed Us

Referring to the story “Dawn Girl,” Napier Moore, in “In the Editor’s Confidence,” says, “Incidentally, whenever I meet Miss Jordan, my first question is going to be: ‘Speaking of heroines, however did you think up a name like Mitylene Duane?’ ”

If Mr. Moore had been grounded in

biblical geography as he should have been when a wee laddie, he would have discovered that Mitylene is the capital of the Island of Lesbos, in the Aegean Sea, and, of course any one knows that Duane is an old Scottish name —Scotty Mactavish, Red Deer, Alta.