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"One law for rich, one for poor? No. None for poor" Is Britain the world’s dirtiest nation? Was the captain to blame in the Lusitania’s sinking?

August 29 1959

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"One law for rich, one for poor? No. None for poor" Is Britain the world’s dirtiest nation? Was the captain to blame in the Lusitania’s sinking?

August 29 1959

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"One law for rich, one for poor? No. None for poor" Is Britain the world’s dirtiest nation? Was the captain to blame in the Lusitania’s sinking?

SIDNEY KATZ’ article “Do our courts dispense true justice?” (Aug. 1) will do one thing, if nothing else: it will put an end to those ridiculous rumors that in Canada there is one law for the rich and another for the poor. It is now perfectly obvious that, at $350 a day lawyer fees, there could not possibly be any law at all for the poor.-JAMES EGAN, BEAMSVILLE, ONT.

^ ... an excellent article whether one agrees with all of it, or not. I was interested in the quotations from Saskatchewan lawyers about the age of our judges. I do not disagree. But there is an interesting other side to the coin. For many years many Saskatchewan lawyers have not been too enthusiastic about the compulsory retirement of judges because it would have deprived us of two chief justices, both outstanding despite their age.—c. R. DAVIDSON, QC, REGINA.

^ ... a fine article resulting from much research. However, our judicial system. which may make the old judge an autocrat and our court lawyers sometimes servilely obsequious, is better than in the U. S. A. where judges are open to political forces and likely to be timorous, in fear of holding office.—

ARTHUR J. REYNOLDS, TORONTO.

The explored Ottawa

I was enjoying the article on The Streets of Canada, and the description of Ottawa's Driveway (Aug. 1) when a pair of sentences caught my eye. “To the West, the upper Ottawa River reaches, unexplored and inaccessible, toward the North Pole. Up this river went Champlain. Nicolet. Radisson. La Vérendrye. McTavish. Mackenzie and Selkirk on their missions of discovery and col-

onization.“ The Ottawa River could hardly be called unexplored if all these men paddled their wav up it. and camped on its banks, and if they were able to reach it and travel on it. how could it be described as INACCESSIBLE?-MISS

ALMA CRIDDLE. WINNIPEG.

Pros and cons of Green

Howard Green's appointment (The lone pine of Parliament Hill. Aug. 1 ) was incredible. It’s time the intelligent wing of the Conservative party made itself felt. Diefenbaker s direction is a flop.—

G. ST AN DER WICK. VICTORIA.

^ Happy to see a man like Howard Green at the head of the platoon. Why not a series on our cabinet ministers? Ihis one was EXCELLENT.-MRS. ROBERT

BLACK, WINNIPEG.

The dirty English?

Anglo - Saxons amongst the dirtiest people living? Is Hugh Garner (The New Canadians Case Against Us. July 18) bonkers, blinkered, or what? For this insulting crudity I would like to invite him to the industrial towm of Church in Lancashire and show' him housewives regularly scrubbing the pavement outside their homes—a common custom in my Anglo-Saxon part of the world. Many of these houseproud

lassies are notorious for delivering very clean uppercuts to rude fellows. Mr. Garner, so be prepared to duck. Oddly enough, the rest of the article reads like sound commonsense.—E. s. PORTER.

I YTHAM ST. ANNES, LANCS., ENGLAND.

Enjoy living again

The title of the book from which How To Curb Your Tensions (Aug. 15) was excerpted should read Master Your Tensions and Enjoy Living Again.—

KATHARINE TITHERINGTON, PRENTICEHALL. INC., NEW YORK.

Wanted: more Leacock

I was very disappointed to find you published only two installments of The Unknown Years of Stephen Leacock (July 4. July 18). My people knew the family quite well, so I was very interested.-MRS. A. KERBY. S T E I TLER. ALTA.

The Lusitania tragedy

It was interesting to read the account of the sinking of the Lusitania by Sir Harold Boulton (Aug. 1). We sailed from Liverpool that morning on the CPR SS Missanabie and arrived at the scene of the disaster around 7.30 p.m. It was a fairly smooth sea and as we sailed through the debris and bodies we saw several trawlers searching for survivors. Our first knowledge of the sinking was seeing an overturned lifeboat with part of the name obscured. When the boat rose with a wave we could read the name “Lusitania” even though upside down. It was a heartbreaker.— A. D. MELVILLE, BALA, ONT.

* I feel that Sir Harold Boulton was grossly unfair to Captain Turner in “I survived the sinking of the Lusitania." Turner was a man of wide experience as a seaman and of a long and unblemished career. He was a top captain in the Cunard fleet, and rightly absolved at the official inquiry of BLAME.-ROSEMARY J. FARMER, ESTE VAN, SASK.

*" The man responsible for the loss of the Lusitania was her captain.—w. R.

EASTWOOD, MEN A IK, ALTA, if