LATE IN MARCH 1962, Myrna Jean Birch, a twenty-four-year-old Vancouver nurse on a working holiday in New Zealand, joined the crew of Awahnee, an American yacht out of San Francisco. At the time she had never set foot on a sailing vessel. Awahnee was a sleek fifty-foot sloop of twelve-foot beam, with more than three thousand square feet of sail and an auxiliary diesel engine.
A FEW WEEKS AGO a thirty-seven-year-old Toronto accountant went shopping with his wife for a new TV and refrigerator. They found what they wanted in a chain appliance store. The total cash price, allowing for trade-in on their old appliances, was six hundred dollars.By ERIC HUTTON
IF HAROLD MACMILLAN’S doctors decide, as many people think they soon will, that age and health will no longer permit him to carry on as prime minister of Britain, they will know with unusual precision the very moment his health began to deteriorate.By BLAIR FRASER
SHE SITS IN THE DOOR of a mud shelter too primitive to be called a hut, cuddling a naked infant in her arms. Her black frying-pan eyes, accentuated by her sunken cheeks, watch her other children — aged two, three, four and five — playing in the filth-strewn dust.By IAN SCLANDERS
ALMOST ALL LITTLE GIRLS, Caught in the special exaltations of preadolescence, long to do something perfectly difficult and splendid. They long, that is to say, to be some kind of heroine – a missionary, perhaps, or a martyr, or a great tragic actress forsaking everything for her art, or an opera singer.By BARBARA MOON
CANADIAN MEN regarded cigarettesmoking as a sissy practice till the veterans of World War I came home with the habit. Now. for the first time in four decades, cigarettes may be going out of style again, not because they're sissy — but because so many people think they’re killers.By HARRY BRUCE
The beauty of Mayor Beth Mood of New Westminster. B.C. (Maclean's Reports. June 1) may be unquestionable; but the absurdity of her thinking on how to prevent the spread ot communism most certainly must be. I would consider the education of students in "all phases of (communist) thinking" as a very practical method of immunizing them against communism.
SHORT OF A NUCLEAR ATTACK, many Americans can think of few worse things that could happen to the United States — and Canada — than the election of Barry Goldwater to the White House. But there are obviously other tens of millions of Americans who look on the junior senator from Arizona not as missileshaker and a threat to peace, not as an economic reactionary eager to restore the conditions that led to the Depression, but as the potential savior of the western world.By IAN SCLANDERS
IT’S ONE OF THE IRONIES of Canada’s current political situation that the most effective opposition to the Liberal government in Ottawa is being provided by the Liberal government in Quebec City. The main reason relations between Prime Minister Lester Pearson and Premier Jean Lesage have become so strained is that, so far, they have been approaching their problems from entirely different and irreconcilable points of view.By PETER C. NEWMAN
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