Brickbats and Bouquets

Brickbats and Bouquets

November 15 1937
Brickbats and Bouquets

Brickbats and Bouquets

November 15 1937

Brickbats and Bouquets

Best in Years

Please accept my congratulations on your editorial, "A Farmer's Creed,” which appeared recently. It is the best editorial

I have seen in some years........-P. Brown,

Vanderhoof, B.C.

The Oxford Group

Beverley Baxter is to be thanked for bringing the subject of the Oxford Group to the attention of Canadians.

As a young man and a Christian, 1 sincerely believe that Jesus Christ has the answer to individual and corporate problems and the Oxford Group are applying His answers fearlessly and on a world-wide scale. They are doing the job while others talk about it.

None of us like to be told we are just plain sinners; Jesus Christ was crucified for telling the people of TIis day that. There is needed a fearless searching out of the roots of widespread injustice, poverty, war, and it can be found in the sins of greed, pride, and selfishness of individuals.

Beverley Baxter is to be thanked for pointing out faults in the technique of the Group. God will show the way to improve on these. The essential thing is a consum-

ing love for mankind, which is being worked out in a practical, effective way. -Kenneth Toten, London, Ont.

Soul Drifting

The article, ‘‘We’re Not Licked,” may be correct in a way, and yet it seems almost like another sop thrown to the people who suffer in the drought areas.

Mr. MacRae predicts that ‘‘ten years from now there will be as many people in the drought area as there are today.” But in the meantime what is going to happen to the morale of these people and their children? Rehabilitation at best is bound to be a slow thing.

We read and hear so much about soil drifting. But what of soul drifting? How can people who have had nothing but the barest necessities for years keep faith in God, Who seems to send one blow after another? How can parents teach children who have never had enough to eat or wear about a loving Father who cares for them? How even teach decent citizenship when the desperate urge for money almost draws one to shady practices?

Soil drifting may be corrected in another generation, but it will take a lot of generafions to replace the souls that are rapidly drifting to utter despair. What is the church doing? In fact, what can it do? Does training for the ministry enable ministers to be of any real help to the people in times like these?

There should be an answer somewhere to all these questions. The trouble is that the people who realize most the need for these answers are tied hand and foot to the grind for bar.e existence, and those who have money and time either cannot realize the need or are indifferent.

One almost ceases to pray. The only words that come to our lips as we fling ourselves on our knees are, “O God, where are you; where are you?"—Triste, Semans, Sask.

Friendly Tip

After reading your editorial entitled “Stop Patronage” in your issue of Sept. 15, I come to the one and only conclusion that you are not all there. Even a dumb duck like you should know by now that patronage is far more prevalent in private business than it is in Government. I would even go so far as to say the magazine business is rank with patronage. Some of you would-be editors are too fond of mixing the word patronage with privilege.

Let me try and tell you something, Wise Guy—that as you grow older the old cocoanut will perhaps ripen and this little bit of information may seep through to your inner conscience. Try and get the gist of this, Innocent One. Just as long as there are human beings in this old world of ours we will always have patronage with us, regardless of them ill meaning little essays on patronage of yours. Because patronage is part of human nature, and patronage and human nature go hand in hand, irrespective of what kind of Government is in power, be it Dictatorship, Democracy or what have you.—J. E. Morgan, Ottawa.

A Scotsman Speaks

I am surprised to find in a magazine with the Celtic name of Maclean's an article deploring the “Decline of the AngloSaxon Canadian.”

Why worry about the Anglo-Saxons when we still have lots of Celtic Canadians?

Who were the early pioneers of Canada? The Gallic French and the Celtic Scottish.

There is room in Canada for intelligent people of every racial strain, and no strain has a monopoly of all the virtues or vices.

Given equal educational opportunity, all the races will contribute worthily to the upbuilding of Canada. G. E. M. MacTavish, Non-Anglo-Saxon Canadian, Lac du Bonnet, Man.

Likes 1937 Covers

Surely you must be deluged with letters of appreciation for your 1937 covers. They are full-length novels and classics in themselves for which five cents is a ridiculously low cost. They leave me feeling like one who has dined both wisely and well— though 1 must admit they give friend wife psychological advantages when a touch seems to her a necessity.—T. C. McKay, Warman, Sask.