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Alcoholic’s Daughter and Native Sons

March 15 1947
MAILBAG

Alcoholic’s Daughter and Native Sons

March 15 1947

Alcoholic’s Daughter and Native Sons

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Alcoholic’s Daughter

I have read “I’m an Alcoholic’s Wife,” by Janet, in your December 15 issue.

I am an alcoholic’s daughter. I am one of the Susies whom Janet speaks about, who had life turned into an unforgettable hell and who is maimed permanently educationally because her university education went down her father’s throat!

I emerged with a good sound righteous hate for a system that sees no inconsistency in finishing Janet’s article on page 61 while carrying on the opposite page a beautiful fourcolor job of “White-Tailed Deer.” I suggest that instead of recommending the products of brewers or distillers, you carry on these pages a bottle of whisky with skull and crossbones on it, and the words: HabitForming Poison—Beware.

But Maclean’s will never carry that. No, you have probably never lived with an alcoholic nor slept with the family car monkey wrench under your pillow just in case you needed it in self-defense or your mother’s defense. I have. — “Janet’s Daughter,” Ottawa.

“Cow” Exposed

Heartiest congratulations for publishing “I’m an Alcoholic’s Wife.” As the writer says, most editors leave the “sacred cow” piously alone. I am very glad to see that Maclean’s is courageous enough to expose it.

Another splendid article in this issue is “How We Differ From Americans.”

More power to Maclean’s in 1947.

Yours against sacred cows.— K. V. Bruce, Medora, Man.

“It Will Help ..

I just want to express my appreciation of the splendid article in your issue of December 15 entitled “I Am an Alcoholic’s Wife.” It will help to offset some of the ill effects of the liquor ads you publish so freely.— W. H. Stratton, Vancouver.

Hope He Didn’t Bet

I was somewhat riled when glancing at the cartoon on page 15 of your December 15 issue, as I didn’t like the menial position of the CCF. After a second look I discovered the real significance — the CCF had made and were making such a good job cleaning up the mess made by the other old parties, that they would both like to woo them. Allow me to congratulate you and your cartoonist for your progressive views.—B. C. Padfield, Davyroyd, Sask.

P.S. I’ll bet you won’t publish this letter.

Who Lost the War?

Hugh MacLennan, in his article, “How We Differ From Americans,” is,

as I see it, so pronounced in favor of American points of view that it is a surprise to me that he does not choose to live across the line, permanently.

He is far astray, however, when he claims that since the American revolution “it has never lost a war.” Any serious student of history will tell him that in the War of 1812 the United States was decidedly beaten.

The Americans certainly lost that war, notwithstanding Mr. MacLennan’s breezy assumption to the contrary.—B. L. Gerow, Saint John, N.B.

MacLennans Agree

Congratulations to Hugh of the Clan MacLennan whose views on the Americans are identical with my own. Before coming to Alberta I wandered in Michigan and Illinois and spent a year or two at a world-famous factory in Detroit. In general I seemed to be treated with an amused and friendly tolerance because I was British and with puzzled wonderment because I did not desire to become an American citizen.—Ian U. MacLennan, Swalwell, Alta.

Rallying Point

In “How We Differ From Americans,” Hugh MacLennan has broken new ground in Canadian thought. He has given Maclean’s readers a glimpse of the living stirring soul of Canada. This article should be the rallying point for creative Canadian minds. Two dozen congratulations to Maclean’s for having the courage to print it!—Paul A. Zemke, Westmount, P.Q.

Bull and Brag

The article comparing the States and us is no doubt causing a lot of thought and fun. It leaves out quite a bit.

The Southern States lost the Civil War and that has to this day left a “defeated race” impression on them. Here in the Soo we had several thousand Southern soldiers in 1941-1943. Getting acquainted we felt much more at home with them than with the Northerners. They are the Northern States’ southern neighbors as we are their northern ones.

The so-called American “bull” is English “brag” and similar and probably lineal, Having neither, we Canadians feel a resentment.—J. E. Gimby, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Fair Both Ways

A compliment on the penetrating, but fair both ways, description of “How We Differ From Americans,” by Hugh MacLennan. This article is a classic in the ground it covers with its wisely discerning and philosophically mature analysis. — A. J. Hamilton, Kingston, Ont.