MAILBAG

Husky Dogs Never Bite

November 1 1948
MAILBAG

Husky Dogs Never Bite

November 1 1948

Husky Dogs Never Bite

MAILBAG

Beverley and Bertie

As an old subscriber I have for years read Baxter’s articles. It was hard to agree on all of them, but certainly his latest, “Baxter vs. Col. McCormick” (Sept. 15), was one of the best . . . Baxter tells us that. McCormick is a courteous host. Is it courteous for that man to address the Duke and Duchess of Windsor as Mr. and Mrs. Windsor, disdaining all titles, apparently, but his own? Let us give the pompous lunatic a dose of his own medicine and call him plain Mr. McCormick . . . McCormick is proud of the initials WON which he thinks deacribe his newspaper, but for us they stand for World’s Greatest. Numbskull. Q. H. Waight, Seattle, Wash.

Man’s Best Friend

It was a shock to find you contributing to a malicious rumor and exhibit ing ignorance and disrespect for a truly great creature, the sled dog. I refer to “Dogs On Ice” by Richard Morenos (Sept. 15). These dogs live under any

ami all conditions, eat if and when their master feeds them, receive little or no affection, will slave in harness until they drop dead from exhaustion . . . Many a sled dog has bi*en worked to death and while dying has licked the hand of the man who unharnessed him to cast him by t he trail side. This is the creature you allow Mr. Morenos to spread malicious rumors about . . . We have both Huskies and Malemutes here at Huskie-Haven . . . We have seen a great many aside from our own. We have yet to see a vicious one , . . Of all the sled dogs we have had there has never been one that anyone could not feed in safety and, what is more, anyone could reach down with perfect surety and take the food away again . . . Furthermore, Huskies were the only breed the American Army could not train for attack. They would not light man . . . Sled dogs are easily trained even by children ... If you are against prejudice or religious prejudice surely you must be against breed

prejudice, especially when it is such a magnificent breed as the Huskies.

Austin A. Moorcroft, Huskie-Haven, Sa pa we, Ont,.

Technique

If I knew the correct, technique for a fan letter, I have long wanted to write one to Maclean’s collectively and individually. Since I do not, perhaps the better thing is to congratulate Canada upon having such a National Magazine. Thank you for every page of if!— Mrs. F. R. Bremner, Vancouver.

Reprints?

That article of Vincent Sheean’s (“We Must Find a Faith or Perish,” Oct. 1 ) is of tremendous importance and should be reprinted and circulated by the millions. 1 shall be glad to give $5 toward that action. William Westell, Ottawa.

Alaska Highway

In Pierre Berton’s article, “Let’s Drive to Alaska” (Aug. 1), credit is given an Indian for naming Steamboat Mountain . . . The mountain was so named by the Dr. Henry Party of Philadelphia in 1931, (who) on their four expeditions . named many

features and made sketches (which) were the only authentic information . . . on the country when the highway project was suggested . . . Mr. Berton’s article is the best I have seen on the Highway, or possibly I should say contains the least hooey of any article. K. F. McCuster, Fort St. John, B.C.

• In Pierre Berton’s article about the Alaska Highway (“Let’s Drive to Alaska,” Aug. 1 ) there is one phrase that annoyed us. 1 refer to “the uninspiring hills of Northern Alberta.”

1 laving a farm amid said “uninspiring” etc , we resent that remark. We nort hwestern Albertans think our home scenery is beautiful, always changing, always inspiring. Why the United States emphasis on size, anyway? Is anything prettier just because it’s bigger? We . . . wouldn’t trade our graceful rolling countryside with its gentle contrasts of red willows, white snow and green spruces in the winter, its blazing golden in the fall and its iridescent green of spring and summer for all the dead dirty hills of Alaska, B. C., Nevada and Colorado put together on top of one another. “Insulted North Albertans.”

Mr. Herton is from H. C. and you know how they are out there (see cut).— The Editors.

Butter Policies

Congratulations on your editorial, “Butter Politics—Bad Politics” (Aug. 15). The housewives of Canada have a glorious opportunity to slide the present Government at Ottawa out on the question of margarine.—Charlie Dunsmore, Sherbrooke, Que.T

Innocent Men

In reference to Sydney Katz’ “Why Innocent Men Go to Jail” (Sept. 15)

. . . He says, “Many times Canadian newspaper readers have been shocked by reports that guiltless citizens have been serving prison sentences.” I sincerely doubt if this statement has any foundation. I certainly do not recall having read many such news items. During 40 years spent in the administration of our criminal law, l recall only three cases in which I believe the convicted person to have been innocent . . . In all three cases the accused was represented by outstanding counsel and there was no lack of funds.—R. B. Graham, Winnipeg.

• I think the article very valuable and that it will bring to the attention of the general readers of your magazine a subject about which they have probably never thought.—Eileen Mitchell, barrister and solicitor, Toronto.

Brickbats and Bouquets

It has been on my mind for some months past to write you a note of congratulation upon the marked improvement to my mind in the magazine . . . Your Sept. L issue has brought my good intentions to a head . . . Each and every one of the general articles was filled with information one is glad to have, and in particular I enjoyed those on Maurice Duplessis and Clement Attlee. Even more than these 1 appreciated “The Village on the River.” It was written with insight and sympathy. I hope you will have more such. They should help readers outside Quebec better to appreciate the good qualities and the outlook of our French-Canadian people, in contrast to t he impression t hey create when under the influence of rabble-rousing politicians.-R. R. Macaulay, Gardenvale, Que.

• l sincerely hope that such “journalism” as witness “Maurice the Magnificent” (Maclean’s, Sept. 1) will not occur too often. The “style” is fatiguing and passe and, besides, deplorably amateurish and, I regret to say, in bad taste. The “facts,” biased.

Mrs. R. G. Guillett, Granby, Que.

• 1 have been a subscriber to Maclean’s for many years. From time to time, particularly in the last year or so, l have thought what an informative and enjoyable publication it is. The well-written editorial comment, all articles by Shapiro and Baxter’s London Letter are invariably instructive and interesting . . . Maclean’s has developed a distinctly Canadian tone.— D. Clarkson Toronto.

• As a cover-to-eover reader of Maclean’s I have read, with much interest and indignation, the comments of one reader, Edwin E. Fry of Vancouver (Mailbag, Sept. 15). Mr. Fry states that Maclean’s usually publishes nauseating tripe which he has “had” to read for years— HAD to, Mr. Fry? To this reader (?) I would recommend

some cheap dime novels . . . For enjoyable, intelligent and informative reading I would suggest your Sept. 15 issue . . . No one in his right mind could possibly refer to such articles as “tripe.”—J. T. J., St. Laurent, Que.

• In regard to Sept. 15 issue. You might put one story at least that everyday people would be interested in . . . not a lot of crazy nonsense and dreams of crazy brains. Like going to a show, you don’t mind one feature, but if both are bores it really makes you sore.—Mrs. C. L. White, Windsor, Ont.

Timeliness and Punch

I am writing to express my appreciation of Maclean’s Magazine to which I have been a subscriber for the last 33 years. I have always found your magazine most interesting but never more so than at the present time.

The articles are always most timely. The editorials pack a real punch and are really constructive. The two features which I most enjoy and to which 1 always turn first are Beverley Baxter’s London Letter and “Backstage at Ottawa.”

1 feel that Maclean’s has every right to be called Canada’s national magazine.— E. M. Frith, Prince Albert.

No Offense Meant

Your Sept. 15 issue contains a very prejudiced article . . . entitled “Dear Teacher.” The author, a schoolteacher, sarcastically quotes notes from parents of Canadian Ukrainian students. These quotations, although perfect examples of bad English grammar and spelling, in general state that the teacher should employ the children in studying these subjects ... to a greater extent . . . The parents of these students probably never attended English-speaking schools. When they desired to write a note . . . they employed their student children and if the notes received . . . were grammatically bad . . . it is the fruit of her own teaching ... If the author thinks the Ukrainians . . . should outdo the Anglo-Saxons in English grammar after only a short period of settlement . . • she should go to the Ukraine ... to see if she would be able to speak and write (Ukrainian) grammatically correct: in the same period of time.

—Canadian Ukrainian student.