MAILBAG

But What About Forgotten Children?

August 1 1949
MAILBAG

But What About Forgotten Children?

August 1 1949

But What About Forgotten Children?

MAILBAG

In the article “The Forgotten Fathers” (May 1) the attitude taken is that if the father (of an illegitimate child) contributes financially, he is a generous, decent sort of chap. But what of the moral issue and the moral standards of the community which this sort of approach will make ever lower? —E. D. H., Vancouver.

• Both parents of an illegitimate child should suffer for the wrong they do for bringing such a child into this world, to be pointed out by society as an illegitimate (or by those of more vulgar speech as bastard) all his life.

Why don’t you start a campaign on the part of the illegitimate child who through no fault of his own is brought into this world? I remember well, as one who bore my mother’s maiden name, she having never married, the humiliation 1 suffered when I was required by the minister who performed my marriage to state the name of my father and that of my mother. This also is one of the questions which appear on the old-age pension application as well as upon other documents. —-J. R. J., Winnipeg.

Wants “Heritage” on Film

The story in May 15, “The Heritage,” would be read by many people. But I think it should be read by many more. I would like to see someone dramatize it for radio, and have it broadcast on a coast-to-coast network.

1 think it would dramatize w 11 and do a great deal of good ... 1 think that story would film well, there is so much dramatic action in it.—Winifred M. New, Gibson’s, B.C.

• May I add my name to the list of those who will be writing to tell you how delighted they are with the sound “ethics” of the story “Night Assignment” by Burt Sims in the May 15 issue? It is so refreshing to find a stand being taken in a way that is direct, straightforward and at the same time so very readable. Keep up the good work!—Mrs. M. E. Crehan, New Westminster, B.C.

• When I read the letter objecting to the two stories, “The Lovers” and “No Room for Children,” 1 decided to tell you that I liked them and advised a youth to read them as 1 also did with “Father Was a Gambler” and “Night Assignment.” “The Choice” (June 1) did not appeal to me—too arty and weird.—E. M. R., Winnipeg.

Catching Crippen

In “He Plays for Keeps” (May 15) you say that Dr. Crippen was a “famous English wife murderer.” Wrong, he was an American dentist, practicing his art in London. His wife was an American vaudeville performer. True, this is the first case in which “wireless” was credited with the arrest of the murderer. The facts are these: Crippen gave out the news that his wife was on a visit home in the States; whereas her corpse was in the cellar of his house, with a new cement flooring to hide the job . . . Scotland Yard heard that Crippen was crossing the Atlantic on a Canada-bound slower steamer.

Two detectives hurried across by liner and landed in Canada. At Rimouski, where the St. Lawrence pilots are taken on, one pilot and two ’tecs went out to the slower steamer,

clambered aboard. They bided their time, and before they reached Quebec harbor Crippen was arrested on board — and not “as he disembarked.” He was tried in London, and hanged. —W. C. Betts, Montreal.

Answer to Critics

Here is my brief reply to my critics. My note (Mailbag, June 1) was not intended for publication nor was it signed as published. The “soiled cloth” epithet, even though for private reading only, was nasty and de trop. I hope my clerical colleagues will forgive it— also the editors. My reference to “Toronto the Good” was not intended as an offense to the City of Toronto nor to the good citizens of that city whose number must be legion. I want to be as proud as others of our Ontario capital and as jealous as they are of her reputation. If l believed as Communism teaches that man is mere matter, only intelligent animality, I would not have objected logically to that particular article. Let those who disagree with my philosophy be broad enough to respect the well-founded convictions which I have neither inclination, time nor authority to discuss publicly. While our tastes are so divergent no conclusion may be reached.— (Rev.) D. J. Drohan, Brudenell, Ont.

• I regret very much that you would publish such a thing as this article on artificial insemination. I entirely agree with the Rev. Father D. J. Drohan. —Mrs. O. West, Toronto.

Schools and Scandal

I was very much concerned when I read in your magazine of a school which was unlike any school that most people had ever heard of. I have forgotten the name of the school but recently I noticed in Newsweek a reference to “Horsley Hall antics” and decided that this was probably the same school. (Horsley Hall was closed by the authorities after a scandal.) I hope that this is the same school.—Miss Evelyn R. Richards, Santa Monica, Calif.

Not the same school. Maclean's article, “In This School, the Kids are Boss” {Dec. 1), was about Summerhill, which at last report was still going its free-wheeling, unorthodox way.—The Editors.

Calgary Culture

While the article (on Calgary) above the signature of James H. Gray, in your issue May 15, is informative, it has the customary ring of the traveling free lancer who has a pre-conceived idea of what he wants, skims superficially through towns and cities in search of the obvious and fails markedly to penetrate below the surface for the more authoritative but less exhilarating data . . .

Calgary is a centre of culture. It has discerning audiences for all arts . . . Its “Workshop 14,” a small Little Theatre group, has competed in the Dominion Drama Festivals for two successive years, and while they have failed to capture the Bessborough Trophy four members of the cast which presented “Hedda Gabler,” just a few weeks ago, were offered either scholarships or jobs, while yet in Toronto, as a result of their performance ... In the immediate district are several artists with national or international reputations. The Provincial Institute of Art has done a fine job for western art students for many years. The first groundwork for the internationally famous Banff School of Fine Arts was originally planned in Calgary . . . Calgary’s Women’s Musical Club audience is limited only by the capacity of its largest auditorium.—A. F. Key, Director, Calgary Allied Arts Council.

No traveling free lancer, James H. Gray is a loyal resident of Calgary.—The Editors.