Mailbag

Mailbag

Left-handed gourmets &mash;and editors

November 10 1956
Mailbag

Mailbag

Left-handed gourmets &mash;and editors

November 10 1956

Mailbag

Left-handed gourmets &mash;and editors

Do all French-Canadians eat lefthanded? I am referring to the color photos showing a French-Canadian dinner and a Parisian French dinner that accompanied your article, Our Most Neglected Treasure (Sept. 29). Everyone seated at both tables was eating lefthanded. Table settings too were reversed.&mash; M. WALLACE, TORONTO.

• How come they’re all left-handed? —

A. MILLER, FORT WILLIAM.

• My small girl asks: "How come the

French all eat backwards?” Well, how come?V. WEBSTER, ALBERNI, B.C.

• Are all Frenchmen left-handed? —

MRS. C. E. CUMMINS, NELSON, B.C.

No, hut <ill of our editors were on this one. Not one of them noticed that the prints of our color photos had been reversed — until of course it was too late to change them. Our more alert readers spotted it at once.

• Your article on French cooking certainly makes the mouth water. But who can afford to cook this way? If we can afford wine we drink it along with our meals. Another practical consideration is the children; when I cook anything even slightly exotic I have to make something extra for them, as they will not touch anything out of the ordinary. I wonder what the French-Canadian mother does with a large family.

I think a plea should be put in for the simple meal, which can be tasty too. There is too much snobbery about continental cooking. In seven years in Canada 1 have been amazed at the ability of wives to produce good meals, attractively served — and at a cost we can afford. — HILARY BURSILL-HALL, VANCOUVER.

Wrong chairman

In a letter published in your Mailbag, I was referred to as chairman of Toronto Municipal Council. 1 do not, nor have I ever held such a position. — JOHN S. RIDOUT, TORONTO.

He’s got enough insurance too

I enjoyed Robert Thomas Allen’s I’ve Got Enough Insurance, Thanks (Sept. 29) . . . Please excuse my spelling and typing as my steno did not show up today. She fell down her boardinghouse steps (loose board) this morning and after visiting her lawyer went to hospital. No need to worry though, for the following reasons:

1. Landlady will claim under building policy wind damage to steps.

2. Her lawyer will turn liability claim over to her insurance company.

3. Steno lawyer will make following claims: doctor, hospital, loss of time and pain compensation.

4. Steno will also collect medical and hospital insurance.

5. I have her loss of time due to accident covered, also any limbs she might lose for the next sixty days.

6. My only worry is whether she can renew her accident policy; her company only insures accident-free RISKS.-R. B. MULLINS, OTTAWA.

Beware the killer clock!

What a perplexing world we live in! In your panel on cancer (Aug. 18) the

medical profession heartily condemns the glowing figures on a clock; in an article on the change in shopping habits (Sept. 1) I read the retail trade is planning wholesale murder by using radioactive prices on goods.

Since reading the article on cancer, I have been walking warily around my alarm clock. - D. R. ANDERSON, WABI-

GOON, ONT. .

More variety on our TV

What Will Fowler Say About TV? you ask in your Sept. 15 issue. Hope he comes to the conclusion that people want variety from Bach to Wilf Carter. Maybe private stations would be closer to their listeners’ tastes or wants in that respect. Why be scared of competition; isn’t that the backbone of the country?— MRS. L. HJELT, DINSMORE, SASK.

Wanted: a fighting party

If Bruce Hutchison is correct about a United States’ bid to control the Columbia and Yukon Rivers in Canada (The Coming Battle for the Columbia, Sept. 29) there is good fighting material for a Canadian party in the House of Commons. Apparently the party in power has backslidden from the positions taken by Macdonald, Laurier and King. We need leaders who will protect us from alienation of Canadian territory. - A. G. HOPKINS, SASKATOON. -fc