MAILBAG

July 24 1965

MAILBAG

July 24 1965

MAILBAG

Give up, Joey—Red stayed home / Barring Bible recalls Hitler’s days / Not that Ann—that one

In Joey Smallwood's New, New, New Newfoundland, it is stated that the premier is "putting together the facts about Newfoundland’s mysterious prehistoric ruins, hoping to uncover proof that Eric the Red was at Newfoundland a thousand years ago.” Eric the Red was never in Newfoundland. It is true that he had intended to accompany his son Leif when Leif set out in the year 1003 to explore the western lands sighted by Bjarni Herjulfsson. but nothing came of it. When Eric rode down to the ship, his horse stumbled and fell. This was taken as an ill omen, so Eric stayed behind. Nor did he accompany his other children, Thorvald. Thorstein. Froydis, on their subsequent voyages. Leif touched briefly at Newfoundland on his way further south, probably at Flat Rock Point. By "mysterious ruins” is apparently meant the remnants of the Norse settlement at L'Anse au Meadow. This was probably founded by some families moving over from Vestby in Greenland about the year 1100. but this is impossible to prove. All the Greenland records were destroyed by the Eskimos and there is no reference to the settlement in the Icelandic Sagas.

ARTHUR JENSEN, KEMPTVILLE. ONT.

* Thank you for the splendid article on Premier Smallwood. Ele is a magnificent fighter for his province, and all he has to do now is to hold fast to Labrador and its vast potential, and his political future is assured as long as he desires. RUSSELL B. ZINCK, HALIFAX

Let there be music

I take exception to Strabo’s verdict. Let’s Quit Subsidizing Music Shows (Reviews). 1 believe music shows on TV play a very definite role. There are a great number of excellent musicians and singers here in Canada; how can we popularize them without giving them exposure on national television? What’s more, music shows serve as a stimulus for many student musicians. — RODERICK MCDONALD.

DALHOUSIE STATION, QUE.

Where the Bible fits in

It was a pleasure to read your Editorial Let’s Find A Way To Teach The Bible In School. After the narrow and sectarian utterances of those who are supposed to be educated persons, it is refreshing to read an editorial that bases its argument upon the real objectives of a liberal education. As it so clearly points out, no education is complete if it omits the literature and history of our religious heritage which is woven into Western culture. — DR. LEWIS S. BEATTIE,

SECRETARY, RELIGION IN PUBLIC EDUCATION, THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

* You equate the historical figures of Napoleon and Henry VIII with Moses and Jesus. Surely this is a gymnastic feat unworthy of Maclean’s. Napoleon and Henry are dead; would that we could say the same about the others. Unfortunately, however, they are very much alive. Some day, perhaps, when they are safely buried, we may be able to discuss them objectively in our schools. Until then, I believe we should leave the Bible

severely alone. The death of six million Jews was not an accident of history attributable to the Nazis; their death, like the death of millions of other Jews down through the ages, can be directly attributed to the Bible. Even now some squabble about the impossible word "deicide.” - w. MCEWEN, ARDROSSAN. ALTA.

* You may be a prophet crying in the wilderness, but you cannot imagine how many there are who will welcome your words with a great sigh of relief and an upsurge of hope.

MRS. R. BRADLEY, OTTAWA

* Thank you for the excellent Editorial. Some critics have become so nearsighted they miss the educational needs of the children. To a future generation, the barring of the Bible from our schools would appear on a par with Hitler’s book-burning. — R. B. HALE, OTTAWA

An Indian on bigotry

It is true what you say in your Editorial, We Have Bigotry All Right — But No Alabamas. I am a young Indian woman and when I read of the bravery of the Negroes and see in the news stories the pictures of their terrible sufferings. 1 thank God that I was not born in the United States, that my children will not know the horror of police dogs, tear gas and brutal clubs. Yes, it is true that some people, mostly older persons, show discrimination to us. But we do not begrudge them this little solace to their souls. They need somebody to look down on. They look down on anybody more unfortunate than they. It is not because of the color of our skin. If we Indians have barriers to fight, they are certainly not put there by the Canadian government.

CATHLEEN REDSKY, KENORA, ONT.

Building-snatcher

Hasn’t artist Barry Zaid got his Anns mixed? The drawing he used to illustrate St. Ann’s in his map of Cape Breton, accompanying the Hugh MacLennan article on the Cabot Trail, looks much like the officers’ quarters (now museum) at Fort Anne National Historic Park in Annapolis Royal, NS.

GERTRUDE RITCHIE, ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS

Sharp-eyed Reader Ritchie is right — mixed-up Artist Zaid is zunk.

Good word from a good town

Re your article about Chatham, Ont.. The Good Town Thai’s Fighting A Bad Name: you’ve heard of the little girl who had to write and thank her grandmother for a handkerchief given to her on her birthday, and so she wrote: “Dear

Grandmother, it’s just what I wanted — not very much.” Chatham has been honored, and in the your article is very fair indeed. Tiiere are some things which, had you the local understanding, wouldn’t seem quite so glaring, but then we’re always much more interested in what we overhear than what we hear. The circulation of Maclean’s has been tops in our city this month, and continued on page 46

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Chatham really isn't any worse. We speak your name in our hearts, mayhap — some with varied inflections, hut in the main, grateful for the “southpaw” compliment.

WILLIAM M. (.RAY, CHATHAM. ONT.

* Your usually fine magazine has reached uncharted depths of ignorance. This article about Chatham is a purposeless, futile and inevitably inconclusive condemnation of a city which is representative of Canadian society. Ian Schinders’ provincial stab in the dark is as out of proportion as is the reputation Chatham has acquired. — MISS HI AHU R HAGNLLL. MISS JUNI; HAGNLLL, AURORA, ONT.

A It certainly was a change to read something about this city of ours that didn’t just drag it through the mud. I think that Chatham’s problems right now tire nothing more than growing pains, or the hangover from them. If, as I think it will, Chatham is going to be one of Canada’s big centres, then it is going to have to go through these periods — just as Montreal and Toronto did in their developing stages — and overcome them. Thank you for letting some light in on the subject.

.IIRRI.L R. HIND. CHATHAM, ONT.

Spreading the word

I have just read with the greatest interest and fascination the article on The Boy Who Was Born A Grandfather. I can assure you that it will be read with equal appreciation in countless Indian homes.

schools and village libraries where Maclean's is now a welcome and well-known visitor due to the efforts of Friendship Through Magazines. This project was designed to make use of the abundance of good reading material available in the average Canadian home — material so badly needed in countries like India. The project is run on a strictly voluntary basis and has been highly successful in a number of countries. Persons wishing to send their used magazines direct to individuals overseas should please write to me, enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope and if possible a brief dcscription of the magazines available. 1 in turn shall send them one of the original letters received from overseas — matching offers and requests as closely as possible. The outlay in personal effort and expense is minimal — the return in Canadian-Asian goodwill immeasurable. BARBARA REDLICH, APT. 409, 141 ERSKJNE AVE., TORONTO 12, ONT.

Why should Americans pay?

Frank Boucher's Here's How We Can End The Farce Of Sending Fourth-Rate Teams Into World Hockey seems to cover all aspects of the problem except the important one of financing the operation. Who gets this job. the NHL or CAHA? If the former, then I and quite a few other American hockey fans have a right to object. While hockey is Canada's game, and the supply of professional players will no doubt remain in Canada for the indefinite future, the fact remains that four of the six NHL clubs

are located in the United States. These clubs are American-owned and rely on American fans with American dollars for their support. Why should money from these clubs go to the support of Canada’s national team when there is a no doubt greater need for it in the development of the game in the United States as played by Americans? 1 find it difficult to sympathize with Canada’s plight in world hockey the last few years as compared with the continual United States debacles since the one-shot “miracle year” of I960. If Boucher's plan is adopted and the NHL has a role in it, let’s see at least some of that money going for the American national hockey

effort. - CAPT. ROGER GODIN. FORT LEE,

VIRGINIA

By any name, brilliant

Joan Irwin’s story on the Canadian National Dance Ensemble (Montreal's Answer To Moiseyev, Reviews) omitted its actual title — Les Feux-Follets — under which I had enjoyed its rich kaleidoscopic production the night before that issue arrived.

PAUL A. GARDNER, OTTAWA

Tough on teens

As a teenager. I would like to comment on Shirley Mair’s The Teenage Rat-race (Argument). She revealed certain truths that few people, especially teenagers, admit openly. Life is a rat-race from

one end to the other, with most stress on the teenager, whose mind is being stretched between two phases of life: childhood and adulthood. As Shirley Mair revealed, this stretch sometimes results in a well-adjusted and respected adult, and sometimes in a slightly older version of the teenage status - seeker. Whichever way it goes, however, the fact remains that the teenage years are not necessarily the rosiest and are certainly not the easiest. People who think teen years are the best years are probably those who were brought up away from all problems and worries but those which concerned their social status.

COURT VINES, VILLE D’ANJOU, QUE.

The right to nag

1 was seriously disturbed by Blair Fraser's pronouncement (Backstage At Camp David, Reports) that we should stop “nagging” the U. S. administration about its Vietnam policy. If attempts to conciliate between the antagonists in Vietnam are likely to “put further strain on tempers,” then it is time for officials who have less temper and more humility. Prime Minister Pearson’s suggestion to stop the bombing in North Vietnam was not only an honorable alternative to the present American position, but also a sane, humane and judicious proposal. The right to criticize existing policy is inalienable, and is, at present, one of our few safeguards against a wider involvement and the possibility of a major conflict in Asia. — MARTIN F. J.

PRACHOWNY, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN if