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December 8 1956
Mailbag

Mailbag

December 8 1956

Mailbag

Do faith healers really heal?

In the article on Oral Roberts (Oct. 27) it is intimated that there is possibly the odd healing in the Pentecostal groups, in Christian Science, in the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches. It is also stated that a small proportion of sick persons taken to the shrine of Lourdes have experienced cures . . . We have positive knowledge of healings in the Anglican Church. It is significant that the General Synod approved a draft version of the new Anglican prayer book which includes an order of service for healing the sick. But the point is that even if there has been only one spiritual healing established beyond doubt, surely this is important. Why should we condemn a man who is healing at least some of the people who come to him even though he may employ high-pressure salesmanship? Certainly there is risk of emotional hysteria; it is difficult to remain calm in the presence of a person healed by the grace of God.—R. W. GREENE, TORONTO.

• My wife was given up by five doctors years ago. She was healed through prayer. Oral Roberts was not preaching théifi. but other servants of the Lord W0Ce;Ä_B£RNARD MARCH, MOOSE JAVfr.

• fn Í955 I was in Calgary hospital for treatment. I had been there two days when 1 learned Oral Roberts was in town. I demanded to be released and be prayed for by Roberts. I was prayed for and went on my way rejoicing, I became much more ill and returned to my doctor. I had jaundice. Now I was confined to hospital for three weeks and suffered two months’ loss of work and pay.—

R. M. HENDERSON, CALGARY.

• What a blot this sort of thing is on Christianity, but no denomination seems to feel any responsibility . . . such circus antics bring the whole of Christianity into ridicule. What could be sadder?— T. J. WILLIAMS, OTTAWA.

• It took your article to tell both sides of the STORY.-HARRY PRIDHAM, ALBERTON,

P.E.l.

Where labor isn’t boss

In your editorial, Bossism is Still Bossism, Even When Labor's the Boss (Oct. 27) you apparently swallowed a piece of Kohler propaganda ... It is nonsense to write that “Hours, wages and security and welfare benefits are better at Kohler than elsewhere in its industry.”

Briggs Beautyware might be considered a Kohler competitor. The following wage comparisons cover a cross section of both plants: sweeper, Kohler $1.53, Briggs $1.88; truck driver, Kohler $1.80, Briggs $2.11; labor (average), Kohler $1.60,

Briggs $1.88; electrician, Kohler $2.08, Briggs $2.69. Before the UAW’s first contract in 1953, Kohler paid some workers as little as eighty-three cents an hour, seventeen cents less than the new minimum wage allowed by law.

You probably know that in 1934 Kohler goons, firing from a brick wall, killed two AFL strikers and wounded 47 men, women and children. And in reply to questions at a Wisconsin Employment Relations Board hearing on May 7, 1954, Herbert V. Kohler, president, said he had plenty of guns in his PLANT.-JERRY HARTFORD, REGION NO. 7, UAW, WINDSOR.

How we treat our animals

Dr. N. J. Berrill’s article, History’s Greatest Mass Murderer: YOU (Sept. 29), was extremely true. How stupid we are! Animals put on this planet for our interest (and food, when necessary) are ruthlessly slaughtered. The buffalo almost vanished! Furs for the backs of vain women! What a PICTURE!-MARY KAZIELA,

TORONTO.

Curing a Saturday-night town

The article on Durham’s rowdyism (The Troubles of a Saturday Night Town, Oct. 27) nauseated me. What sort of jellyfish are these people? Let the town council engage a husky, bellyless, jowl-less, experienced police chief of moral and

physical stamina, and then let the chief select his constables. I’ll guarantee that in no time Durham's own mother won’t recognize it. Had the RCMP or the provincial police been policing the town it would never have got into its present state.

If the Durham situation continues it will be because certain key men don’t want it OTHERWISE.-WM. BURGESS, VANCOUVER.

Are we all egotists?

Dr. Hans Selye in his notebook appearing in your Oct. 13 issue asks: “What is more selfish and more naïve, working for fun or for gratitude?” He tells us that even the saint works for God’s gratitude, and that we cannot avoid being egotists.

I ask Dr. Selye: “Have you not made your man too small?” . . . Some people in the world live for others, without thought of gratitude. They do what they do because they must to fulfill their highest human POTENTIAL.-FLORENCE A. HAN-

SON, W1LLOWDALE, ONT.

A masterpiece by Kroetsch

Let’s have more stories by Robert Kroetsch! The Harvester (Sept. 29) is one of the best I’ve read anywhere, a masterpiece!—w. L. JONES, ST. JAMES,

MAN.

Know of a quiet spot to live?

Janice Tyrwhitt’s article. Is Noise Making You Sick? (Sept. 29) confirms my own feelings. Noise is making an old and haggard woman out of me in my early forties. Our house is about one block from the Queen Elizabeth Way near Toronto. During the past three years traffic has become increasingly heavier. On the QE there is a slight dip where it crosses a creek and transports apparently have to change gears. The roar of their engines, com-

bined with backfiring, plus the incessant hum and vibration of hundreds of automobiles just about drives me out of my mind!

To rid myself of this noise nuisance, it appears the only course is to sell our house and move to a quieter neighborhood — if such a place can be found. — MRS. JEAN STANYAR, TORONTO.

Let’s unveil our treasures

Seeing your album on the National Gallery (Our Hidden Canadian Art Treasure, Oct. 13), one has the feeling of having struck gold. You are to be congratulated for bringing to light some part of the artistic heritage of the country. It was startling to realize that all that beauty (and really good painting) had been hidden away all these years.

Surely some arrangement could be made to bring to a larger audience in the United States the actual pictures. I feel sure many American museums would be glad to hang a SHOW.-L. A. AUDRAIN,

NEW YORK.

Whose law rules the Columbia?

I read with tremendous interest Bruce Hutchison’s article on The Coming Battle for the Columbia (Sept. 29). Surely the attitude of the United States is a glaring example of the sinister maxim that it makes a*difference whose axe is being ground. Apparently English law applies when a river rises in Canada and flows into the United States, but the Harmon Doctrine applies when the river rises in the U. S. and flows into Canada. But why be surprised? It was ever THUS.-M. mcKENZIE, ARGYLE SHORE, P.E.l. ^