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What happened at Hong Kong

September 1 1968
MAILBAG

MAILBAG

What happened at Hong Kong

September 1 1968

MAILBAG

What happened at Hong Kong

WE HAVE READ with great interest the article by Ian Adams on the Battle of Hong Kong (For King And Canada) — our own Charge of the Light Brigade. His account of how the Canadian brigade was dispatched to Hong Kong, and of the events of the battle, were most revealing and, of the parts we were familiar with, most FACTUAL.-A. H. DELBRIDGE, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, R. F. LYTLE, NATIONAL SECRETARY, NATIONAL COUNCIL, HONG KONG VETERANS ASSOCIATION, WINNIPEG

* As the wife of a Hong Kong veteran,

I wish to point out that not all of these veterans have had pensions during the past 25 years. My husband was given a 15 percent pension two years ago. He had applied for a pension some years earlier; after two days of medical examination. he was sent home with a box of tranquilizers. He refused to carry his application further at that time because he had found being treated as a “goldbrickcr” such a degrading experience. The doctor appointed by the committee two years ago was the first one who treated him as a man. After reading your article. 1 wonder how men’s lives can be worth so little.

MRS. M. KEYWORTH, POWELL RIVER. BC

T 1 feel that my words are not adequate enough to tell how much I enjoyed For King and Canada. I am sure every man who went to Hong Kong will never regret the hardships, torture or sacrifices they endured during those three and onehalf years, as long as those people who sent them there admit their blunder.

JACK S. GOODEY, PAST PRESIDENT, HONG KONG VETERANS ASSOCIATION (PACIFIC), RICHMOND, BC

T Speaking as ex-members of the Royal Rifles of Canada, we cannot go along with the insinuation that we were a bunch of ill-trained rookies. Our regiment was comprised of a great bunch of stalwart officers, NCOs and riflemen. During the Battle of Hong Kong, our men made the regimental motto, “Able and Willing.’’ an imperishable reality. This same fighting-team spirit was carried on during the dreadful concentration-camp years. Our Branch Executive is made tip of ex-officers, ex-NCOs and ex-riflemen and the same entente and co-operation still prevails to this day. CHARLES P. BRADY, PRESIDENT, QUEBECMARITIMES BRANCH, HONG KONG VETERANS ASSOCIATION, OTTERBURN HEIGHTS, QUE.

T You quote a poem, read at a meeting of the Manitoba Hong Kong Veterans Association, which begins: “They shall not grow old / As we who are left grow old ...” Could you tell me the name of the poem and of the author?

MRS. C. D. RICHMAN, EDMONTON

T You have quoted incorrectly. The poem begins: “They shall grow not old/ As we who are left grow old . . .”

J. MACDONALD, MONTAGUE, QUE.

The quotation is from Poems For The Fallen, by Laurence Binyon (¡869-1943). Author lan Adams correctly reported the wording as read at the Winnipeg meeting. But that wording does not quite conform to Binyon’s original version as it appears in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (nor, strictly speaking, does Reader Macdonald's): "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old."

Don’t forget Uncle Louis

In your Editorial, Trudeau: A Bright New Chance For Ottawa To Tell Its Side Of The Story To Quebec, you state that “it is urgent that the federal case be presented . . . directly to the people of Quebec, in their own language and by one of their own.” And you add, “This has not been adequately done since Ernest Lapointe died, 27 years ago.” Come now. Louis St. Laurent did just that from the end of 1941 to June 1957. often to the embarrassment of his politi-

cal friends in Quebec, who would have preferred that he adopt the tactics of men of Lapointe’s generation, who all too frequently had one line in Quebec, another outside it. In 1944 he took the Liberal case for conscription to the Quebec public, and saved not only his party but perhaps Canada in the process. In every federal election he infuriated Quebec nationalists by his blunt statements of the “federal case.” — DALE C.

THOMSON. INSTITUTE OF COMMONWEALTH STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, ENGLAND

Let’s not go to the rodeo

In Explore Canada; Five Trips For 68, you list among “worthwhile” places to visit, a rodeo. The public has been conditioned to accept rodeo as suitable entertainment for all ages, whereas it is really commercialized cruelty to animals. Rodeo by its very nature is violent and brutal. Many animals in it are abused, terrified and often badly hurt. This is entertainment? — MRS. ALEX

CHASE-CASGRAIN, WESTMOUNT, MONTREAL

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How does an airplane fly? / Society & criminals / Hippies

What, no skyhooks?

In The Secret World Of Jack Havey. Scientist, it's said that an airplane is “lifted by vacuum created above the shape of the wing, not by pressure below.” Skyhooks went out with perpetualmotion machines. It is the greater density and pressure exerted by the air below the wing that supports the weight of an aircraft. In fact, the lifting of a golf ball is due to the application of the same physical principles; the greater density and hence pressure of air on one side of the ball created by its spin results in the motion of the ball up or sideways according to the taste of the golfer.

DAVID MaCRAE, SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Jaik Havey replies: "I do not want to quarrel with Mr. MacRae, hut I refer hint to the library of the University of Toronto where, / ant sure, he can quickly learn that airplanes are lifted by the vacuum above the wing and not by pressure below the wing, which he insists is the lifting force."

Crime & the resistance

In the Sidney Katz article on Richard Speck (This Man Is A Killer — But Should He Stand Convicted Of Murder?. Reports), a doctor asks. “How in the world can you punish a sick person who can't help the way he acts ... ? The doctor is incorrect in using the word “punish" in such a connection. The reason why society must have police and judicial procedures is that society is moral and. to maintain its morality, must resist evildoers. If we did not resist evildoers, we would share moral responsibility for their wrongdoing. The key word is “resist.” which may take various forms. In the case of a sick person who can't help the way he acts, the resistance must be to keep him from bringing disaster to innocent persons. He must be removed until he has been cured of his sickness. The idea of punishment should not enter into such a case.

FREDERICK .1. POHL. BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Hippies & The Bay: washout

In recounting the Battle of The Bay and the Hippies in his article "We Just Want To Do Our Thing," Douglas Marshall left out the best part. Not only were the hippies harassing the customers of the Hudson’s Bay store in Vancouver, by sitting and sprawling all over the basement, they were also blocking the sidewalks outside. Whereupon The Bay decided its windows needed washing very badly. So a man with a hose appeared and told the hippies he was going to wash windows and they had better move. Those who refused thereupon got a much needed shower! The man washed those windows all day and every day and that was what made the Great Unwashed transfer themselves from the sidewalks around The Bay.

MRS. E. WAKEFIELD, VANCOUVER

T Your articles by Douglas Marshall dealing with cultism in the hippie movement in Vancouver were heavily slanted (". . . Our Thing” and "Okay, Let Them Do Their Thing. But Not On My Lawn"). You did us a great disservice by dragging in a short paragraph on the Community Services Organization which is Toronto - based. Your reporter was properly excluded from the private discussion with our Chief Detached Worker. John Reid, and the report on the discus-

sion was misrepresented by Constable Fanning or your writer. The paragraph therefore was a hostile look at our Youth Centre down the long nose of the law.

It was unusual for Constable Fanning to show hostility toward our work and to state that our social workers only take girls to psychiatrists when they are caught in a gang rape. It is necessary to hospitalize some of them and to refer them

to psychiatrists. Normally, the girls will not report to the police because of threatened mutilation they fear from the motorcycle gangs. In this specific case the girls did state their willingness to lay a charge. For this reason Mr. Reid did speak to Constable Fanning.

Unfortunately, our Chief Detached Worker was described as dressed in a track suit with an elaborate crucifix

where his whistle should be, and this was a false statement. He never wears a track suit and has never worn a crucifix in his life.

To keep the record straight, the discipline of the Drop-in Centre does not allow it to become a milieu where rapes and dope peddling can continue unchecked. The age limit is 16 to 21 years by request of the police force. This raising of the age limit to 16 now greatly inhibits our best work in restoring juveniles to their parents as they must now

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be found on the street. The general public should be re-informed regarding these matters. Hundreds of parents could testify for us, but they have a right to personal privacy.

(REV.) JAMES E. SMITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY SERVICES ORGANIZATION, TORONTO

>k Douglas Marshall poses an interesting question: “Why, in view of the antipathy building up between the police and an increasingly sophisticated public, are there no university graduates on the entire Toronto force?” On May 30 1 received my BA. I walked into Toronto Police Headquarters and told the man at the inquiry desk that 1 wanted to become a police officer. My application died at the inquiry desk — because I wear glasses. I was told that this is a regulation under the Ontario Police Act, and that there can be no exceptions to it. Thus much potentially good talent is automatically ruled out. The antipathy between police and public is not created by rules and regulations, but by the rigidity surrounding them, which borders on sheer ABSURDITY.---HUGH A. LUNDY, NIAGARA FALLS, ONT.

U.S. as villain?

You certainly lose few opportunities of flaunting your anti-U.S. bias. In Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Shrug Off The C.J.S.B.V.B. As A Bunch Of Nuts (Reports), Linda Mitchell comments on U.S. aircraft manoeuvres in Saskatchewan, and says: “it all seems like an enormous game — until you realize that 5,000 miles across the Pacific, men, women and children are being killed by American pilots . . .” Come now, would you have your readers believe that the U.S. has a policy of deliberately bombing civilians in Vietnam? If so, why haven’t they bombed Hanoi and Haiphong outright? Now, tell us something about the atrocities committed by the Viet Cong and their northern allies for the past 10 years or so. More than 1,000 civilians were buried by the North in a mass grave at Hué, some of them apparently still alive when buried. Nice people you’re indirectly supporting by your Yankee hate! — J. s. VANDERPLOEG, TORONTO

Now that Canada has solved all of her minority problems, informed the U.S. how to solve hers, and has decided that the U.S. should capitulate to North Vietnam, I would like to ask you a question: The U.S. is now the strongest nation on earth and Russia is second. When the U.S. is bitten to death by ducks like Canada, who then will be the strongest and will call the tune the world will dance to? I’ll bet it will be a damned sight more lively tune than the one the U.S. calls. Good luck in your quest!

ROBERT A. MUNDEN. LAYTON, UTAH

Canada: one of the needy

1 was pleased to read in Mailbag a letter from the Information Section of Indian Affairs and Northern Development that our Eskimo population is now on the increase. No reasons for this improvement were given in the letter, so it might be of interest to advise that for some years past the Save the Children Fund has included Canada in its list of needy countries and, specifically, has asked aid in supplying layettes for Eskimo babies. Last year their Canadian efforts were expanded in additional aid for Eskimos and also aid for Indian children. It would have been a nice gesture if the department had made mention of this aid.

F. G. GREEN, OTTAWA

Save the Children Fand aid is supplied to Canadian Eskimo and Indian children, as Reader Green points out. A large part of the money involved comes from Canadian contributions.

“Something for nothing?”

Whether or not we need the rich, we do not need Mr. Porter (Maclean’s Interviews John Porter). Though loans for students seem excellent, I have no intention of supporting people who will be making much more money than I once they have graduated. How unfair for the poor to support the prospective rich. Canada provides university education for a much larger percentage of its population than does either England or France, and if this is the end result of Canada’s economic and educational system, then possibly it is preferable. Porter should

study people as they are, rather than as he thinks they should be. He might then be able to formulate a method of improving society.

MRS. H. W. LEGGETT. CALGARY

* Canadians are weary of having their hard-earned money used to pay the salaries of educators like John Porter, who are brainwashing our children in the doctrine of “something for nothing.” I wish it were possible to gather up all the flower children, criminals and degenerates and their possessions and fly them into a large fertile valley in the BC mountains, accessible by plane only, and let them live happily ever after, pursuing their doctrine of “something for nothing” to their hearts’ content. We would, of course, include Porter and all others of his ilk and a lifetime supply of the Pill for all females, all free! This would allow the rest of us to go about the business of earning a living in dollars proportionate to each individual’s ability, ambition, desire and energy.

MRS. .1. A. O’BRIEN, VANCOUVER

* Professor Porter’s ideas of equal op-

portunity for all are not new. The Russians have provided a working model: “Liquidate the rich, make everybody poor, and send writers and other troublemakers tO jail.” - L. J. CAREY, MONTREAL

* Porter states that he would make substantial efforts to break up estates by means of heavier death and estate taxes to help eliminate inequality among Canadians. Presumably, the Eaton estate could be reduced to almost nothing by means of extremely high death duties, but to pay these death duties, the family business would have to be sold. Would it be preferable to see the Eaton business owned by Macy’s just so John and Fred Eaton can revert to middle class? Canada would be much better off if we had more (not fewer) Canadian millionaires creating jobs for people aspiring to the so-called middle-class affluence. Rather than follow Prof. Porter’s negative approach, our government should be devising tax incentives that will allow Canadians to compete with foreigners on at least an equal footing.

A. L. EVANS, CALGARY

* The interview with Prof. Porter shows up a regrettable and increasingly occurring situation of a professor, educated in the fine socialistic viewpoints of foreign institutions, teaching in Canada and the U.S. the tainted offspring of the so-called rich and the middle class that they must rise against the ways of their parents. His idea that a private home is antisocial is close to saying private property is antisocial. This is straight Communism and we certainly do not need John Porter to pour this poison into our gullible STUDENTS.-J. BAZUIN, CINCINNATI, OHIO

The Klondike caper

It’s all right, fellas! Let Edmonton keep its Klondike City Days (Mailbag). Not that it has any more right to it than has Whitehorse, but let’s have peace with dignity. After all. in Dawson and the north, Klondike City was never called that; it was “Louse Town.” If Edmonton still wants it, okay. “The Yukon's Klondike Defence Force” calls up memories of the time of the Order of the Golden North, whose avowed purpose was to capture and take over the Klondike gold fields for the U.S. The government of the day hastily sent in the Yukon Field Force, whose headquarters at Fort Selkirk put them within a day of Dawson by river steamboat. Strange how the Klondike legend lives on.

C. SWANSON, CALGARY

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>k The decision of the Edmonton solons to horn in on the fame of the Yukon and Klondike will boomerang to the benefit of Yukon and Klondike tourism. The area is too famous to be pirated by a city 1,000 miles distant.

J. PENDERGAST, CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI

Anglicans aren’t WASPs

Re ion Ruddy’s Foxhounds and Tea Cosies in London (Ontario): There is no such body as the “executive council” in the Anglican Diocese of Huron. There is the Executive Committee of the Diocese of Huron, consisting of 30 priests and 30 members of the laity, elected by the members of Synod. The Executive Committee elects from among its members 12 priests and 12 lay members to form the Executive Sub-Committee. No member of either of these committees fits into the category designated as “the elite.” Ruddy writes, “Almost every member of the London elite happens to be a WASP ... all Anglican.” “WASP” means “White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.” The term does not apply to Anglicans. All Anglicans are not white. All Anglicans are not Anglo-Saxon. Anglicans are not Protestants in the sense in which the word is commonly used. The term “Protestant” is not found in our Prayer Book or in the formularies of our church. The word used to describe the Anglican Churches of the Anglican Communion is “Catholic.”—REVEREND JOHN T. M. SWAN, SAINT JAMES’ANGLICAN CHURCH, HANOVER, ONT.

Trappers have a lot of heart

Miss S. J. Stevenson, of the Canadian Association for Humane Trapping, says, “No humane trap which kills wild animals . . . has been devised” (Mailbag). The Conibar trap not only kills an animal instantly and painlessly, but is very rapidly replacing all other types of traps on the market. Strange as it may seem to these people, the trapper also has a heart and does not like to see animals suffer unnecessarily.

KENNETH C. VEITCH, SMOOTH ROCK TALES, ONT.

Of course the Department of Indian Affairs is concerned about the Eskimo hunter and his financial difficulties (Reports). Other Canadians have been concerned long before this. The department will not interest women in wearing sealskin again by putting the blame on the Humane Societies and Dr. Bernhard Grzimek.

MRS. A. JAMES BOYLE, LONDON, ONT.

T Had the minister of fisheries done what literally hundreds of thousands of Canadians since 1964 have been asking him to do — make the Gulf of St. Lawrence a seal sanctuary, under international agreement, for the mothers and babies during the breeding season — the Eskimos would not have suffered, for there would have been no boycott.

D. M. JACKSON, ILE BIZARD, QUE.

Abortion: it won’t go away

Hats off to the Dr. William McCallums of this country (Meet Your Friendly Local Abortionist). What happened to this man is a glaring testimonial that a change in the abortion laws is far past due — a complete change, not just a revision of the existing mess. Abortions are, have been and always will be very much a part of our society, like it or not. Trying to smother the whole thing in a smog of legal do’s and don’ts does nothing but create a perfect climate to stimucontinued on page 84

late the criminal side of the problem. There is a dire need for qualified men of Dr. McCallum’s calibre.

MR. & MRS. T. F. CARR, MOUNT ROBSON, BC

* I am not in favor of wholesale termination of pregnancies, but I am in favor of the family doctor deciding what is best in his patient’s interest. As it is, he and his patients seem to be bound by

an autocratic, bigoted and sadistic regime that is not in his or his patients' best interests, and I resent that type of set-up most heartily. Evidently, Dr. William McCallum does as well.

CECILIA L. HILL, PARKSVILLE, BC

* As I began to read the article, 1 felt that Alexander Ross was handling the ideas professionally. He brought out the

hypocrisy of society superbly. Then I realized that he was supporting, or at least condoning, this hypocrisy. I had a foolish belief that he meant to report this unfortunate incident as what it was, without contaminating the issue with his personal bias.

JANET HUNTER, ANCASTER, ONT.

Alexander Ross says abortion is mur-

der because it is “removing a being which has the potential for human life.” This is nonsense. Murder entails killing a human being; and something which is only potentially a human being is not a human being.

DAVE MCCASKILL, DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Theatre at the top: The Globe

I wish to point out some errors of implied fact in Ken Mitchell's article about Eric Salmon’s Theatre Saskatchewan (Reviews). The article gave one to understand that Theatre Saskatchewan was, in fact, what its name implies. The Globe Theatre, in Regina, was formed in September 1966 — some four months prior to Salmon’s first production. The Globe is the only fully professional theatre in Saskatchewan. Since its inception the Globe has sent out six tours, traveled more than 27,000 miles, played in well over 100 communities. (Theatre Saskatchewan has sent out two tours to date and played some four communities, excluding Regina.) The Globe is a 12month operation. (As opposed to Theatre Saskatchewan’s 12 weeks.) As of September we will be adding an adult program and we will thereby become the only theatre in Canada offering theatre from grade one to the grave, serving an entire province on a 100-percent touring

basis. - KENNETH KRAMER, DIRECTOR.

THE GLOBE THEATRE, REGINA

* There seems to be a little confusion seeping into your Mailbag correspondence. Reference was made to Riel, by John Coulter. This was produced at the Saskatchewan Festival of the Arts in 1957. Trial of Louis Riel, by Coulter, is an entirely different presentation [sponsored by the City of Regina], We have, here in Regina, very strong theatre indeed when you consider that for two summers we have been running three times a week with Trial. — D. A. LEE.

CHAIRMAN, REGINA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, “RIEL TRIAL” COMMITTEE

* Prof. Eric Salmon’s enemy is not ignorance of drama, but any society interested in it. Since he became Head of the Drama Department, the people of Regina have been denied the use of Darke Hall, the only suitable hall in the city for the performing arts during the theatrical season. His symposia were not supplemented by professional people; they were actors supplemented by local talent. Regina people were so wildly enthusiastic about his productions that one $40,000 production was attended by fewer than 300 people! One thing Eric Salmon does well: spend the taxpayers’ money. — MRS. LIL EVANS, REGINA ★