MAILBAG

Somebody Had To Say It

September 15 1951
MAILBAG

Somebody Had To Say It

September 15 1951

Somebody Had To Say It

MAILBAG

My very sincere congratulations for your courageous editorial on Korea (August 1). I have discussed this piece with many friends and their reaction is: “Somebody had to say it, somebody at last makes sense out of the whole confused mess.” I’m glad Maclean’s takes the lead.—Stephen Brott, Montreal.

• I often listen on short-wave radio to Moscow and I want to congratulate you and your Pierre Berton on doing so much more effective, or at least much more subtle and dangerous, job of furthering the Red line of lies and slander.Ray Keitges, Stony Plain, Alta.

• The best thing yet done about Korea. —C. F. Campbell, Haney, B.C.

• Thank you, thank you indeed, for having the courage to print such sturdy, truthful, soul-searching stuff. —Maud Walherston, Toronto.

The Case of Kaspar Beck

I have just finished reading your article on the tragedy of Kaspar Beck (July 15) and am glad that finally somebody is turning a spotlight on the practices of the Income Tax Department in Saskatchewan and Alberta. The story of Kaspar Beck has happened thousands of times since 1940, only the ending was different; other people, convinced of the hopelessness of fighting for their rights, paid up. Thousands of farmers were peremptorily herded before the income-tax officials and stripped of the first surplus money they made after surviving the hardships of homesteading and the depression . . . they were robbed as easily as a baby can be robbed of a piece of candy. — A. Froebal, Sangudo, Alta.

• My sympathies are all for the Beck family; may their luck be always of the best.—Alf. Rawlins, White Rock, B.C.

• I would like to express appreciation of the extremely fair presentation of the case in Maclean’s. It illustrates the very great difficulties of administration of all public affairs where a population of mixed origin is still in the melting-pot stage.—C. Evans Sargent, Eyre, Sask.

• Kaspar Beck lived at peace with all men, bearing burdens, asking no favors, while those who connived to secure his wealth for a pittance were upheld by the laws of our land. Kaspar Beck had to die to make secure for those he loved that which he had accumulated.— Edith Cody Bowercus, Toronto.

• Surely some other way out of the difficulty could have been found other than to rob a man of the savings of a lifetime of hard work and earnest, honest endeavor. Maclean’s is to be congratulated for its public spirit in sending a man up to find out on the spot the details of this ghastly tragedy. —K. M. McDonald, Tara, Ont.

• Evidence enough of the importance that everyone living in Canada know and understand the English language, whether written or spoken. — Daryl Latta, Edmonton.

• The real tragedy is the failure of our Government to attempt Canadianization and assimilation of the hordes of middle-Europeans immigrated to this country willy - nilly. — Don Nevins, York ton, Sask.

Frayne on Grey Owl

Trent Frayne’s Flashback on Grey Owl (August 1) is one of the best written, from the standpoint of being factual, I have read in a long time . . . The general impression I got from people who knew Grey Owl was that his accomplishments far outweighed any confusion surrounding his real identity. Something like a motionpicture star . . . Why do not we let Grey Owl rest in peace? I’m sure the beaver didn’t care too much whether he was, or was not, an Indian!— George H. Giles, Thornhill, Ont.

• Of several articles I have read about Grey Owl, this is best. I know it is best because I knew Archie Belaney, and I knew his wife Angele.

One day, while I was typing in the office of the Timagami Steamboat and

Hotel Co., we heard a great noise of shouting and I went outside. We saw a lot of Indian canoes paddling for all they were worth with one canoe well out in front. We discovered that Archie Belaney was in that front canoe and that he was being pursued. The others eventually won the race, lassoed Archie well with rope and brought him back to shore. Then we found they were going to force him to marry Angele.

I know it was not a happy marriage. Angele, as I knew her, was a sulky sullen girl . . . Their baby was very sweet, with an almost white skin and tiny refined features, its dark eyes and hair being the only signs of Indian blood. I did not know its name, since the mother could not speak English, and I did not speak to the father. But I was very, very sorry for that little baby who seemed so much alone, so

much uncared for, unwashed, unwanted.—Maude Leopold, Castleton, Ont.

On Going to Church

I’ve read your contributions in Mailbag as to why some people go to church. This is the version I got of it:

Some go to church just for a walk Some to sit and laugh and talk Some to claim the latest news More friends at home they' may amuse Some go there to use their eyes And newest fashions criticize Some to scan the latest bonnet Some to price the trimmings on it Some their neighbors to assess Some to sit and doze and nod But few to kneel and worship God

—Mrs. A. P. Bell, Petalma, Calif.

Our Marrying Trio

I have read lots of articles on the subjects published by your magazine in its Marriage Clinic (August 1), but never anything with such a sense of humor and leg-pulling as was displayed by the trio Allen-Nicol-Largo. And as I myself am an amateur cartoonist I could not help enjoying the accom-

panying bands by Feyer. He’s got style of his own. Women really got the works.—M. D. Grand Maitre, Hull, Que.

• After a year or two of marriage one either consciously joins the Dagwoods or the Jiggs or goes insane.-—F. D. Shelton, Brooks, Alta.

• These three articles will probably land you in much hot water from people without even a perverted sense of humor as did Bob Allen’s piece, Women Have no Sense of Humor. By a slightly crabwise movement I think Mac’s gets better all the time.—F/O John Garrett, RCAF, Toronto.

Philip’s Future

I have noticed that contributors to M'aclean’s refer to Prince Philip as a possible future prince consort. No one knows what indignities the crown may have in store for the prince; surely it is too soon to ascribe to him a landless and ungracious title.—Thomas Hicks, Lauder, Sask.

Echoes of the Halifax Blast

Being an eye-witness not only to both ships colliding and also to the explosion itself, and having also lost my son at the time, it upsets me when I read accounts of the affair without seeing a report that a picket boat from HMCS Niobe was sent with a crew to scuttle the Mont Blanc, and, as soon as they arrived alongside, the vessel exploded. Not a particle of the boat or crew was ever seen again. They were men from the Royal Canadian Navy. —George J. Dawes, Prince Rupert, B.C.

Flashbacks Forever

Congratulations on your top-notch series of articles entitled Maclean’s Flashbacks . . . They could serve as choice supplementary material for many Canadian history courses. I hope your Flashbacks will be standard equipment for all issues for many years to come.—Everett L. Eno, Moose Jaw, Sask.

More About Trail, B.C.

I am a young married man of 24 with two sons and no more a Communist than you are, but that article on Trail (How a Red Union Bosses Atom Workers, April 1) was an insult to the people of Trail and to Canadian intelligence. You printed black-faced lies in that piece.

Those men . . . were the officers of a company union before joining Mine Mill. As soon as they were solid they lied to the men on night shift and signed up hundreds, saying Local 480 was through . . . The next day they moved and said they were Steelworkers and held a majority of men in Trail. Immediately the men swung over and returned to Mine Mill by the hundreds. Those cards you showed, 700 men wanted them back in the first week but were told they could not get them. Then the crying about Reds started . . . Print this true side of the case. —Bernard McMahon, Trail, B.C.

A Posy From Penticton

Congratulations for publishing Canada’s most readable magazine. Your articles are “tops.”—B. M. Baker, Penticton, B.C.

Dr. Gallup’s Polls

It sure is surprising to read your predictions based on Gallup polls. It is no secret that Dr. G’s polls were and are big-money ’ganda and worthless . . . To quote such as being an authority re public opinion, etc., is destroying press prestige and reveals lack of integrity.—C. D. Jokinson, Victoria.

No Cigars for Corporals

On the cover for June 1 showing “Canadians in Korea” I was interested to notice the section leader apparently smoking a cigar—or was it just another of those “posed” pictures?—Charles Parker, Stillwater, B.C.

P.S. I never miss Maclean’s if I can help it.

It was only his tongue.

Sweeter and Lower

Your guest editorial by Art Lower (I Came Back and I Am Content, July 1) has compelled me, a chronic cynic, to write—he is on the ball. Let’s start a movement to get him a seat in parliament.—Jas. Mackay, Hamilton, Ont.

• He says “Canada is not a country of the first importance” and goes on to say that Canadians abroad are mistaken for Americans. Such rot. In my three and a half years overseas the only one to mistake me for an American was German and he never lived to know the difference ... If wind, hot air and heifer dust make a country of the first importance then exclude Canada, otherwise Canada is certainly a country of the first importance.—J. L. Mitchell, Busby, Alta.

• Canada has every good reason to boast of Canada, as Canada is a big country with a big future—more so than the United States—and the stand-

ard of living generally in Canada ij superior to that of the United States. —W. S. Beaton, Mayor, Sudbury, Ont.

• Unless you spell it with a “k” I think we have always had our own culture in Canada. It is not altogether a school-taught culture, and, because it does not resemble British culture or American culture, it has never been recognized by men like Mr. Lower. - S. G. Clark, McLeod Valley, Alta.

Hit Tune Had a Moral

The story in your July 1 issue, Hit Tune For Two Hearts, 1 found so

charming I felt urged to tell you why. It had a moral that would teach people to 'live more happily; the young girl was teaching the young man how to live beautifully though poor.

So many of our modern people have forgotten that in their mad chase for dollars, and have also forgotten that many wealthy people are miserable. —Marion Rogerson, Saskatoon.

Advertising Protestantism

I have been interested in the letter (August 1) by Arthur C. Hill, of Sherbrooke, about the publications which refused to take an advertisement announcing the gift of a copy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as contained in the New Testament . . . The Protestant faith has no need of cheap advertising. True religion should not be advertised like automobiles, tooth paste and liquor or cigarettes. G. P. Stewart, Chatham, N.B.

Baxter’s Friends and Foes

There is one thing that gets under my skin Beverley Baxter’s tripe. Now this Baxter left his native land and did very good for himself among the Limeys ... he cannot stand anyone that is not a Tory. That old windbag Churchill is his god . . . Fire him or change the record.—Fred M. Coy, Brookfield, N.S.

• Mrs. D. C. Whyte (Mailbag, June 15) takes issue with Baxter saying “Equality does not, and cannot, exist among men any more than among horses.” I also say dogs. Would anyone like to think they are on a par with some of the specimens of mankind that inhabit the earth today. I don’t think so.Joe Livingstone, Vermilion, Alta.

What, No Engineer?

• Upon reading Milk Run To Korea by Pierre Berton (May 15), my husband wrote me to be sure and read this article as he was part of that particular crew on that run. I was amazed and a little surprised to find his name, and his alone, not even mentioned. Being flight-engineer is a very essential part of any crew of any North Star on the air-lift. Marjorie S. Robertson, St. Laurent, Que.

Judy Was a Good Girl

Congratulations, C. M. McDougall —your Cardboard Soldier (July 15 was a real good story. But we would never have forgiven you had you not made a heroine of Judy and a hero of her boy friend. L. R. Fraser, Toronto.

Spotlight on the Stock Crooks

At last you have turned the spotlight upon the technique of the stock crook ring whose headquarters have been and still are in Toronto (How the Stock Crooks Operate, June 15). How many scores or hundreds of millions were stolen or embezzled by the ring in a perfectly legal manner may never be accurately known. The damage to Canadian enterprise was incalculable. —F. N. Hales, Armstrong, B.C.

He Was the Enemy

If dead men tell no tales how did Pierre Berton get the case-history of the Communist recruit named Wu in the story This is the Enemy (July 1 )? Or is this propaganda rather than information that you are giving us? —H. Christie, Hunter River, P.E.I.

W'u’s story was a reconstruction based on talks with some of his former comrades who were captured at the same time Wu was killed.

In Hobson’s Wilder West

In the last thirty years I have packed, among other things, haying equipment into some of the most inaccessible parts of northeastern B. C. for both successful and unsuccessful ranchers. I wish to state that neither I nor any other self-respecting packer would try to load a 350-pound mower frame against a 100-pound anvil on any self - respecting packhorse! Edgar Dopp, Ft. St. John, B.C.

Nowhere But in Canada

Your cover picture showing a scene around Yellowknife (July 15) was excellent. It is good to see upon the cover of a national magazine a scene which can be duplicated on the North American continent nowhere but in Canada. - N. W. Bruwatt, Greenwood, N.S. it