Mailbag

April 23 1960

Mailbag

April 23 1960

Mailbag

/X Do only morons go for TV's murder and mayhem? /X Why St» John's never had a Halifax-stySe riot

HAVE GERMS Already Made The H-Bomb Obsolete? by C. Knowlton Nash (March 26). is frightening and shocking. The same amount of unified thinking on a plan for peace would surely come up with something constructive. I would like to see a movement started to send four young people from each county or municipality in Canada to all the far eastern countries including Russia and China and stay there a year, learning the language and living with their counterparts. Have the same number from these countries come here. There would soon be a much better understanding on both sides about what the real problems of the ordinary people are . . . The youth of today have to solve the problems of tomorrow one way or another, and the more they know about them the better they can deal with them. — s. A. THOMSON, LACHINE, QUE.

One shorthander who’s not extinct

If good shorthand reporters are becoming extinct (Backstage, March 26) all 1 can say is, it serves Canada d . . . well right. I have had reporting speeds as good as anyone for years, yet, because I am a woman, I have always been relegated to

the position of stenographer. And during the last few years, solely because I am now a little more than a middle-aged woman, I cannot even get a position as a stenographer. I can take housework — if I can get that! I am utterly disgusted with most men in the business world. If a woman has ability and education, and yet is gray-haired, she is frowned upon. It is not efficiency that is wanted; it is the silly, giggling, inferior, good-looking immature females who are taken on. —

DOROTHY HEWITT WHITE, VICTORIA, B.C.

“Parents unite: TV needs cleaning”

J. Roby Kidd deserves a gold medal. I agree wholeheartedly with his argument (It’s a myth that the public’s a dope, March 12). It is high time we parents demanded a clean-up job on television programs. Our TV is turned off most of the time because of pistol - shooting, saloon - running, wholesale - murder and liquor-consuming programs. It certainly takes a moron to enjoy such shows. Even the English language has been reduced to a level that requires training in the underworld to understand. Let’s get together and demand what we deserve and want — a little of the finer things in life, the best there is for the average Canadian. - J. HARROLD, LAMONT, ALTA.

* A reprint of Kidd's article should be done in bold type and placed on every ad-man's (and sponsor’s) desk. - K. R. MARSHALL, DOWNSVIEW, ONT.

** Kidd hits the nail on the head with a bang. — ELTON A. ANDERSON, MANSON’S LANDING, B.C.

* Kidd is off his rocker. — DELL WATT,

COMMANDA, ONT.

Our dull reporters

I have just finished Frank H. Underhill’s argument (If our politics are dull, blame our dull press, Feb. 27) on the lethargy and dullness of capital reporting. It was interesting and accurate but very evident that the author is using the period prior to 1914 on which to base his comparisons. Cub reporters have visions of being an editor after no more than five years’ experience. The same conditions exist in every endeavor. Big business today reminds you of the Mexican Army — 12 generals and two privates. - JAMES M.

MCCORMIC, VANCOUVER.

“Japan’s lesson for Canada”

The remarkable recovery of Japan and Western Germany (Can we keep the Japanese on our side? Feb. 27) from the horrors of war is due to the inborn qualities of these people, which thank God the war has not destroyed: Their love of work and technical skill. Contrast this with the Canadian character. When I came to Canada as a young man from Victorian England, I was working on a farm. Another young man who was working with me, straightening his back, said, ‘Only fools and horses work.” What an expression, I thought, from a young man in a young country! It merely increased my already profound contempt of Canadians. Small incidents like this beautifully illustrate the national character. — H. TEEVAN, BRACEBRIDGE, ONT.

One photo found

Yes, I can date this photo (Mailbag, March 12). I was there. This picture was taken on Jasper Avenue in Edmonton and the year was 1913. The man in the gray topper was the Duke of Connaught, the first Duke and the first gray topper I ever saw. The car in which the Duke is riding was the best in town (naturally) and belonged to Tom O’Donnell, of the Yale Hotel. It was not fully paid for — mighty little around Edmonton was at that time. We all owed more than we were worth and the banks transferred all their managers out of town so new managers whom we did not know turned the heat on us after the war started in 1914. We were never poor, only broke. — FRANK R. COUTANT, INVERNESS, FLORIDA.

One photo misplaced

In the article The $3 Million “Party” That Wrecked Halifax (March 26), you spot the streetcar in the doorway as on Barrington Street. It looks more to me like Brunswick, at the foot of Cogswell.

— G. GREENOUGH, MONTREAL.

* This particular accident had no connection whatever with V-E Day; it was caused primarily by a city power failure and it took place on a hot midsummer day. I was on the streetcar when it first started to roll backwards down the hill.— D. S. MCBEAN, SWIFT CURRENT, SASK.

* Just because the sailor had fought an all-out war for six years, and been robbed, gypped, spit upon and beaten up in Halifax, they started a riot. The wonder is that they had the patience to wait until the war was over. There were lots of navy boys in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and on the west coast on V-E Day but there were no riots in these places simply because the people treated them like human beings and not enemy invaders. —

H. L. RAMSAY, WINNIPEG.

Do homework at school?

Re How To Help Your Child Do Better in School (March 26): Why does a child have to be burdened with two or three

hours homework at all? Why couldn’t the children stay another hour in school each day and do all their school work inside the expensive schools which have been built all over Canada? This would also relieve many parents of their unpaid tutoring chore ... - M. CASH, SAINT

JOHN, N.B.

John Steele’s mettle

By way of a footnote to A Visit With Patricia Joudry And John Steele (March 12): A few years ago I was a shut-in. As a therapeutic effort, I was struggling to establish a photographic business. Having read a transcript of an address by John Steel, I wrote asking further explanation of some point. John Steele took time out from his busy life to encourage me, coach me and check my work. He urged me to come to Toronto and specialize in child photography and solved my financial problem by inviting me to use his studio, his staff and his facilities free until 1 could establish myself. Even then I was an admirer of the work of Patricia Joudry but not until I read your article was I aware that she was Mrs. John Steele. It is nice to discover that two of my favorite stars are bound together by the same golden BAND.-R. A. BOND, ALMONTE, ONT.

Those Scottish Indians

C. E. Purnell, Hamilton, Ont. (in Mailbag, March 12) tells of having been informed while visiting Caughnawaga, the Indian reserve near Montreal, that Chief Poking Fire was “no Indian but a Scotsman.’’ You, of course, cited a Caughnawaga authority, who stated that the chief was truly a “full-fledged band member.” However, there are members of the Caughnawaga reserve who could easily pass as Scots. Some years ago, meeting an Indian, I was astonished when he suddenly addressed me in a Glasgow accent that Harry Lauder would have envied, saying, “Hoo’s a’ wi’ ye?” Noting my surprise, he laughed, then explained that he had once worked in the shipbuilding yards at Clydebank where the framework of the gigantic ocean liners gave him and his fellow Indians opportunities to show, their skill and sure-footedness. - ANDREW

PATERSON, MONTREAL,