Some angry home thoughts from at home Is Chief Poking Fire an Indian or a Montreal Scot? Why veterans’ buildings should be outdated

March 12 1960


Some angry home thoughts from at home Is Chief Poking Fire an Indian or a Montreal Scot? Why veterans’ buildings should be outdated

March 12 1960


Some angry home thoughts from at home Is Chief Poking Fire an Indian or a Montreal Scot? Why veterans’ buildings should be outdated

CANADA A SLUM? I wholeheartedly agree with Professor Lower's Argument (Some angry home thoughts from abroad, Feb. 13). In Kingston and vicinity the beauty of the St. Lawrence is being more and more obscured by houses, railway tracks have taken care of the shore of the Cataraqui River, and soon scenic highway 38 will be anything but scenic. Is it time that those who wish to preserve something of the beauty of Canada should unite . . . Canadians are being robbed constantly of choice spots for the whole of a community, grabbed up by the wealthy or by industry. — K. T. SMITH, KINGSTON, ONT.

^ Dr. Hans Selye has remarked recently and perhaps unnecessarily that “The way a man sees a thing depends equally upon the man and the thing.” Nowhere is this more apparent than in Professor Lower’s remarks about Winnipeg. Poor Lower. Perhaps if he spent more time looking upward and less time regarding his own bootstraps he might have a loftier vision — but then again, he would probably never really see the beauty of a prairie sunset; it would just remind him of streaky bacon. — TILLEN LOCKHART, WINNIPEG.

Who is Poking Fire?

I was interested in the editorial (Feb. 13) in which you refer to Chief Poking Frre. In the fall of 1958. I went on a bus tour of a part of the Seaway and to the Indian stockade. We were regaled by the conductor w'ith stories of Indians and chiefly of Chief Poking Fire — his home was pointed out in the village and eventually we saw him in regalia in the stockade. On the way back the conduc-

tor informed us that he had been fooling all the time and that Poking Fire was no Indian but a Scotsman who operated a grain and feed business in Montreal. Ciive us the lowdown on Chief Poking Fire. — C. E. PURNELL, HAMILTON, ONT.

Lowdown (according to the Indian agent on the Caughnawaga reserve): Poking Fire is a jnll-fledged band member.

TV — “a cause of murder”

Re: Backstage with young killers (Feb. 13), I am surprised you did not attribute much of the cause of this killing to our television programs. These are watched for hours on end by our young people. They accept killing as the ordinary way of life. W'hy do those whose duty it is to censor the pictures allow this type to be shown wholesale? — c. A. WARDER, BIRCH HILLS, SASK.

‘“I leart-lifting” Carleton

In Blair Fraser’s article. How Is Ottawa Shaping Up As Our National Showcase? (Feb. 13) you published a photograph under this caption: Lauding Carleton University's new campus, one woman who is highly critical of federal buildings says, "My heart lifts every time I see it." Why on earth would anyone’s heart lift on seeing the view you printed. 1 was the woman, and my heart wouldn't lift on seeing any such strange sight. It was a highly dramatic abstract photo, to be sure, of lights reflected in the water. But it was hardly a fair portrait of Carleton, which I still say is heartlifting. - MRS. MARJORIE KING, OTTAWA.

^ 1 personally think the Veterans’ Affairs buildings are well designed for their purpose. If “stuffed shirt” suggests

"behind the times” this is exactly as it should be. War is outdated—a building for Veterans' Affairs should remind us


W hat makes men kill?

In the recent leading article. What Makes A Man Kill? (Feb. 13) Dr. John Cathcart reports that “Often, murder results from alcohol.” It is further noted that in about seven out of twelve casthistories of the convicted murderers fichas interviewed, excessive drinking appears to be part of the general pattern of contributing causes. Can we name any type of crime, or class of criminal, any social misdemeanor or problem, in which liquor in some degree is not a conditioning factor? — R. J. FRASER,


^ Let’s spend money on making many people with ill health and fine minds better, not trying to cure the few with evil minds and healthy bodies—the incidence of success is too small. — CHARLES


^ I'm a fan of Maclean’s from away back and I usually enjoy everything about it. But Don Peacock's article referred to a Salvation Army officer who was alleged by a prisoner to be a homosexual. No doubt there are officers in the Salvation Army who disgrace their uniform since they are human like the rest of us . . . but might it have not been kinder to have been satisfied with saying “one of the clergy," or some more general descriptive phrase, rather than singling out one particular organization which goes the extra mile more often than any other group of people I




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i^ “Lower the price of goulash and sauerkraut” ix Jackson originals: none left for time buyers

RE YOUR EDITORIAL, Must a Good New Canadian Be Ready lo Kill His Brother? (Jan. 30): Perhaps the judge was one of these misfits, that is, a patriotic Canadian . . . You should, as Canada's national magazine, start a campaign to lower the prices of macaroni, Hungarian goulash and sauerkraut. It would gladden the hearts of these New Canadians.—BUD FROST, CAMPO WOSSO, BEAVER COVE, B.C.

* Your excellent editorial dealing with the shameful Giorgio Cappellozzo matter brings to mind the noble lines of Felix Penne, which fit the case admirably. I quote them in the hope that the judge will read, mark and learn.

Why not forget?

This Canada will scorn The man who can forget Where he was born.

My native land

Where first I drew my breath Will be my motherland Until my death.

We want no ingrates here.

We welcome most Those who a noble past Can rightly boast.

Who came from other lands They proudly claim Are lands where men have learned To play the game.

When / forget the land

My infant feet once trod,

May / be laid

In some cold foreign sod, Forgotten by my fellow men — And God.


r* When a new citizen can answer a Canadian judge this way, “I cannot fight against my brothers and sisters," then the best thing to do is to wrap up this new citizen with his gang and ship them back to from where they came. — BERTHOLD


Two “enemies” at Caen

Have just finished reading Col. C. P. Stacey’s Breakout at Falaise (Jan. 30). He is certainly right in his comments regarding the bombing of Canadian troops by the 8th USAF. I caught my packet from the Americans just outside Caen when the 2nd Armored Brigade was very nearly obliterated. 1 recall that the troops were asking themselves, “Do we have to fight Jerry and the Americans?” - LARRY MACDONALD, OTTAWA.

* Maclean’s has done it again! Thanks for making available excerpts from Col. Stacey's dramatic official STORY.-EDWARD


No Jacksons for sale

In Background (Jan. 30) I noticed a little item that I was stirring up business by selling paintings on a six-months-to-pay basis. I did extend that privilege to one person only. It was not a general invitation and besides I have nothing left to sell. Sorry. - A. Y. JACKSON, MANOTICK, ONT.

Jackson’s one hire purchaser: Back-

ground's reporter.

Can you date the photo?

Your picture of Prince Arthur (Canada Finds Her Own Pepys, Jan. 16) depicting “a procession in Edmonton in 1906” was taken in the town of Strathcona, Alta.

^ When Prince Arthur made his visit in 1906 I was one of a troop of RNWMP that escorted his carriage from the CPR station at Regina to Government House. He was quite a young man at the time and ... he wore the uniform of a Hussar officer. In 1912, his father, the Duke of Connaught, then governor - general of Canada, made a tour of the west. He was at the Calgary Stampede and visited Edmonton. The photo in question was evi-

dently taken at that time.—G. J DUNCAN. VANCOUVER.

* I think you are a few years out. Then are two Model T Fords in the picture and they didn’t come out in the U. S. until October 1908 and likely a little later in Canada. The two in the picture I would take to be 1913 or 1914 models . .


* The post office at left in the distance was built in 1911. Street cars came in 1908. The high-level bridge was finished in 1913. The cars are coming from the direction of the high-level bridge, which they most likely crossed. — H. R. MC KERNAN, EDMONTON.

Who’s right? Our original information was from the custodians of the Ernest Brown collection of photographs, now owned by the Alberta government. Strathcona, once a separate municipality on the south side of the Saskatchewan River, is now part of Edmonton. The top-hatted figure in the lead car is probably too old to be Prince Arthur before the First War He was born in 1883. We lean toward reader Duncan's explanation: it’s Arthur's vice-regal (1911-16) father, in Strathcona (now Edmonton), but probably later than 1912.

Fires in Alberta

Fires are burning briskly throughout all Alberta as outraged citizens apply the torch to the Jan. 30 Maclean’s carrying the story. Backstage with Alberta’s new, different, lieutenant - governor. It was abominable, despicable and venomous, and completely unworthy of a publication that calls itself Canada's national magazine. — F. M. GERRIE, EDMONTON. ★