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Addled Spellers And Crooked Flues

February 15 1949
MAILBAG

Addled Spellers And Crooked Flues

February 15 1949

Addled Spellers And Crooked Flues

MAILBAG

Our Spelling

Please keep on spelling “traveler” with one “1,” “flavor” without the “u,” and so forth. Far from being Americanisms these spellings have been used by authoritative writers for more than 300 years.—J. Gordon.

By all means give Mrs. J. J. Walker of Edmonton (Mailbag, Jan. 1) two ’ell’s. She is a bear for punishment. Most of us are satisfied with one ’ell. —F. F. Forneri, Sidney, B. C.

• Your spelling!! Mailbag Jan. 1 cartoon . . . One can’t igNoah the fact that the name on what is presumably a dictionary under the arm of the schoi ma’am should be spelled “Webster”/—Harry E. Chillman, Toronto.

That's a joke, son.—The Editors.

What Happened to the Stovepipe?

I am sending you this little note on account of your Jan. 1 cover. I find it very strange. It must be a mistake from the artist who designed it. I suppose he does not know anything about construction, by the fact he put a window over the fireplace and the chimney on the opposite side of the fireplace. In

the kitchen the pipe of the stove is going not anywhere. So I think it is another mistake. I am doing these remarks not because I want to be unpleasant but simply by the fact I am one of your members. I like very much to read your Maclean’s Mag. even if I don’t know very well my English. —Charles Dube, Quebec.

“If Christ Came”

Beverley Baxter’s article “If Christ Came Today” (Dec. 15) would suggest that he has the necessary common

sense to write intelligently along these lines. Let us have more articles like it. —B. M. Armstrong, Annapolis Roval, N. S.

• . . . most timely and courageous . . . —Bessie Martin, Brantford, Ont.

• ... a Christmas sermon better than I have ever heard . . . —Mrs. May Fowler, Hopkins Landing, B.C.

• I wish to voice my strong objection to the sentence where (Baxter) says that if Christ were to come to Palestine today he would be killed by guns financed from New York and produced by Skoda. Does it occur to Mr. Baxter that Christ was a Jew and would be far more likely to be killed by guns fired by the Transjordan armies financed by Downing Street and fired possibly by British army officers?—S. J. Wilson, Toronto.

• When Christ . . . appears on this earth again He will make permanent peace and set up a kingdom that shall never be cast down.—P. S. Parker, Elmsdale, N. S.

• Looking for a remote God to bring peace to our firesides is a fallacy. Unless men take it upon themselves to

bring peace into the world and have faith accordingly, what is there to prevent war?—Alan Leslie Greig, Victoria, B. C.

Ernest Buckler’s Stories

“Penny in the Dust” (by Ernest Buckler, Dec. 15)... reminded me of my own boyhood days. I was such an imaginative youngster—just like the one in the story—and it gripped me. Imagine me at 81 shedding tears over it!—E. H. Thomas, Houston, Tex.

• On behalf of the 2,000-odd writers (including myself) whose stories were in the runnersup class in your short story contest, may I give Ernest Buckler, the first prize winner (“The Quarrel,” Jan. 15), our heartiest heartiest congratulations and John Jeffrey Symons, the second prize winner, our heartiest congratulations and Fred Sloman, the third prize winner, our congratulations.—Allan Alter, Toronto.

Fiction Controversy

I was much interested in the letter from Mrs. C. L. White, Windsor (who criticized Maclean’s short stories as “a lot of crazy nonsense” in Mailbag, Nov. 1). If you should take her advice I would cancel my subscription at once . . . Maybe if the lady would stop going to so many crazy movies she might obtain a little higher learning. —M. E. Muntz, Toronto.