WEWE DON’T say this in a superior way, but this magazine in a editors make their New Year resolutions a long time ahead. They have to. So many arrangements and so many people are involved in carrying them out. Even then, other people’s resolutions keep getting in the way. For instance, the paper controller has resolved that we must get along with less paper. So our resolve to make Maclean’s “Bigger and Better” during 1944 has had to be amended to a bigger BETTER.
We have tied in with the Allies’ resolution to start the Big Push against Germany, and it is with some pride that we tell you that we have signed up Lionel Shapiro as Maclean’s roving war correspondent in Europe. Also contracted to this magazine is Charles Lanius, now overseas, whose intimate knowledge of the Balkan countries will serve us in good stead should one leg of the pincers go through in that direction. With Wallace Reyburn in Italy, Henry Cassidy in Moscow and a roster of other contributors in other countries from Sweden to Australia we feel safe in asserting that
no matter where anything pops
Maclean’s readers will have a front ¡seat.
Among the popping places, of course, are Ottawa and Washington. To our staff we welcome Blair
Fraser, formerly associate editor of the Montreal Gazette, and well
known as a political commentator and feature writer. Mr. Fraser will be Maclean’s “ Ottawa editor and Washington will also be on his beat. Ernest K. Lindley, One of the bestknow^ commentators in the U. S. capital1 will continue his monthly letter. The ùnparpfleled continuity of Beverley Baxter’s Loud on Letter will he unbrokbn. Âncr’n additionf
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some of the most prominent names2-"
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0As a starter in this Tssue *we present Rt. Hon. Lord Vansittàrt,
for eight years (1930-1938) Britain’s t
permanent Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whose views on the treatment of Germany have given the language a new word— “Vansittartism”—and been the sub' ject of tremendous controversy. On page three he gives his reasons for hùHbelief that we must “CRUSH GERMANY—OR ELSE!” Sixtytwo, educated at Eton, Vansittart « entered the diplomatic service in 19(^2; served in Paris, Teheran,
« T’àirè; returned to the Foreign Office with ideas about Germany r whidh '"'have remained unaltered. You don’t need more th^in one guess toTèiJ whathisJJNiw Ye^pjegplution would be.
0What about the Bloc Populaire, the growing strength of which has been causing chills in Ottawa Liberal circles? Is its resolution to make Quebec a separate state; take Canada out of the Empire? Would it nationalize industry, as would the CCF? To Maxime Raymond, BP’s creator, Blair Fraser put 33 questions. On page eight M. Raymond answers them. It is the first complete detailed statement in English of the policies advocated by the Bloc Populaire. Maclean’s presents it objectively. All Canadians should know what trends of thought are developing.
0That famous novelist, Samuel Butler, wrote, “How holy people look when they are seasick!” a line which has made no impression at all on the medical service of the Canadian Navy. All the Navy doctors* were conscious of was the fact that, about 40% of Naval ratings got sick in a rough sea. So they set to work and after long research invented a remedy which when the war is over will be available as a boon and a blessing to all mankind, and which is presently making the Navy very comfortable. In “Pink Pills for Green Gills” (page 5) E. Baker Reitf tells the story of this miraculous achievement.
Merrill Denison, the Canadian playwright, novelist and biographer (he wrote “Klondike Mike”), went to New York some years ago and stayed there to become a big name in the script end of radio. On page 11 he writes an entertaining piece on Radio Hysterics.
#In our next issue Hermann Rauschning takes an entirely opposite view to that of Lord Vansittart and we expect to present an opposite French-Canadian opinion to that recorded by Maxime
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Richárdson, a Canadian newspaperman who has been touring Australia, will describe what is going on in our ’Juister Commonwealth; Ray Milholï&Pd wiHkell whut the automobile
peopie^think aboát »the car of
tomorrow'English bride of a Canadian, soldier tell .why * here are so many marriagS'^^.®
Glancing o%r the schedules of subsequent issues* can say with some confidfence our menus are goifcg to provide an' immense and satisfactory variety of reading. A lot of Big Names are going to be in evidence. But the most important name is yours— Reader. Without you we juJ: couldn’t get along at all.
Here’s hoping that 1944 will be THE year for us all.
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