Mailbag

November 9 1957

Mailbag

November 9 1957

Mailbag

^ The case against teen-age drivers * Can everybody afford seven sets of twins? A hot tip for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Stop Blaming Teen-Agers for Wild Driving, says a Preview item (Oct. 12). How in the name of all that’s sane can you deny that teen-agers are responsible for more accidents than any other group? How do you reconcile the ghastly toll of human life and senseless destruction on the highways with the smug admonition to withhold censure of brainless young punks who infest our highways? Have you ever been driven to the shoulder by these brainless adolescents? Male teen-age drivers have to be seen to be believed. Ask any policeman.-II. A. GARRI I Y, MILTON, ONT.

Big family a source of pride?

So the Tremblays (Rosa Tremblay and Her Seven Sets of Twins, Sept. 28) are proud of their large families. Paul Emile has sired seventeen children in about ten years. Probably most men, given the same opportunities, could duplicate his achievement. So why the pride? He goes on producing children he cannot support, that he knows must be dependent for support in part on the largesse of friends and the contributions through taxation of the general public, many of whom raised their own families entirely without social assistance, and many of whom cannot themselves afford the luxury of such things as TV.

-E. A. WILKINS, RESTON, MAN.

Do women have keener smell?

That fascinating tour through The Unseen World of Taste and Smell (Sept. 28) raises two queries in my mind: Does N. J. Berrill mean that “taste blindness” is exemplified by dulcin? The bitterness or tastelessness of Phcnylthiocarbamide is the classical example—this is a pity because its name is so cumbrous com-

pared with the mellifluousness of dulcin. The author says “women have a more acute sense of smell than men." Well, as one man I'll say women do smell nicer, but I need a lot of persuading that they have keener NOSES.--N. T.

GR IDG E M A N, O I TA W A.

At top of our top issue

Wish to congratulate you on your issue of Sept. 28. So many fine articles but the tops is Sidney Katz’ informative article on Herbert NORMAN.-GRACE W.

GLEED, VANCOUVER.

True-to-life Florencia Bay

1 have just finished reading the first installment of Florencia Bay. by James McNamee, with illustrations by Ken Dallison (Oct. 12). Both the story and art work give new life to the magazine.

Will be looking forward with great pleasure to the next issue. - ISOBEL

CARTER, VANCOUVER.

** Florencia Bay is good. McNamee is a find. Why spoil it by the incorrect pictures of Indians, though—that Charlie Jack must have an Irish father or mother. The girl, Monica, is a good black Irisher too. The Siwash are short in the leg and by the time they hit 20 they have shoulders like truck horses. She’s a beautiful girl, sure, but she's no half-

breed.-BLAIR WALLACE, VANCOUVER.

Paste this note on the wall

That Gerry James story (Why I Quit Hockey for Football, Oct. 12): fresh,

honest, appealing. Toronto Leafs should paste it up in their dressing room.— ARTHUR DAY, AGINCOURI, ON I.

When to teach children French

Re What’s Your Opinion (Oct. 12) on the teaching of French from grade one onward: It’s an excellent idea, but it will have to wait until we can teach Englishspeaking children to read and spell in their own LANGUAGE.-MARY JOHNSON, WINNIPEG.

Should we all help farmers?

Your editorial on Canada’s wheat problem (Oct. 12) was good; however, I am perplexed with one statement: “The country has an obligation to help a farmer through a difficult period.” Some car dealers are going through difficult periods. Has Canada an obligation toward them? Has it an obligation toward an overstocked retailer? Why is the farmer to be treated differently?—J. w. STL WAK I , MONCTON.

How to tune out rock V roll

Don LeBlanc’s article, We Don't Have to Put Up with Rock 'n' Roll (Sept. 28), is a dim view of a prejudiced person. If I do not like salt in my tomato juice. I do not write an article, “We Do Not Have to Put Up with Salt in Our Tomato Juice.”

No one forces Mr. LeBlanc to listen to the radio. Just because the teen-age crowd happen to he smarter in getting the music they want should adults cry because they can’t get what they want all the TIME?-BRIAN MORNE, VANCOUVER.

^ Inspired by his words I have decided to write to those who put on good

music.-A. M. LOUNT JK., I ORON! O.

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Should UK run Canada? ^Surplus baby problem

In your Sept. 28 Mailbag P. Howard Ferguson is pro-British for a governorgeneral for Canada. He says anyone suggesting Mr. St. Laurent for the post should have his head examined. I say that any citizen in Canada who owes loyalty to a foreign nation and queen is certainly a poor risk. What Canadians are concerned about is the attempt to snuff out Canadianism and prepare this land for the BRITISH.-ROY STRONG, EDMONTON.

^ Canadians no longer pay homage to the Queen of England as such but declare their loyalty to her as Queen of Canada and the titular head of our Canadian parliament. Who could speak better for the Queen than a Canadian citizen?-A. WEBB, EDMONTON.

Joseph Tucker’s lesson

1 enjoyed the “Tucker” story (Joseph Tucker’s Triumphant Retreat from The Twentieth Century, Sept. 28). What a pity the youngsters don't take a lesson from Tucker’s independence. He supports a party, he’s not an inanimate hanger-on so common in this dollar-and-cent age.— JOHN K. C. GRAHAM, BELLEISLE CREEK, N.B.

The case for birth control

After reading Rosa Tremblay and Her Seven Sets of Twins (Sept. 28) I feel it’s a good thing all the people in the world

are not as prolific. If they were, the earth would be even more overpopulated, we would have more problems, more wars! What we need is world-wide birth control.-MRS. V. OSBAK, GENESEE, ALTA.

*■" Why is it that in every article on the food budget of large families, such as the Tremblays, there is never any reference to skim-milk powder or margarine? I have only three children but hate to think how my budget would suffer if I had to revert to butter and fresh milk.— MRS. BARBARA LE BER, SHARON, ONT.

^ Note our modern cost of living. Mr. Tremblay: $23 a day; Mr. Jos. Tucker: $9.39 a YEAR.-R. CLOUTIER, CORNWALL, ONT.

The real uranium pioneer

In Preview (Sept. 28) you refer to “The mine that fathered the A-bomb, Gilbert LaBine’s historic find at Great Bear Lake.” This “find” was actually made by Dr. Mackintosh Bell at the end of the nineteenth century, with a young man named Charles Camsell. Dr. Bell noticed the “purple hue” on the face of a rock

and brought a sample to the University of Toronto. Dr. Bell died soon after and the rock was placed in university archives. Mr. Camsell years later became federal deputy minister of mines and about 1945 Gilbert LaBine came into his office looking for information about copper. During their conversation Mr. Camsell mentioned the “rock with the purple hue." When LaBine heard about it, he did not want copper. That is what he wanted and asked where he could find it. Mr. Camsell showed him on the MAP.-ERNEST HARDISTY, TORONTO.

Why is Mrs. Brennan broke?

Isn’t it popular any more to make fictitious characters believable? This Mrs. Brennan (Mrs. Brennan’s Secret, Sept. 14), “She was always bust,” says the author. Making wine to beat four of a kind, but she's always broke. What in ’ell does she do with her money? Spend it in Mrs. Cash's beer parlor? Got lots of chickens, too, owns her house, apparently, and a horse and buggy. Oh come, come now!—o. E. FRENCH, BLUE RIVER,

B.C.

Are moonlighters good risk?

In your interesting yellow pages in a Backstage on Moonlighting 1 was quoted as saying. “The moonlighter has initiative: his work and attendance records are good: he's a good safety risk.” There is not enough case history to make a categorical statement. It was my opinion that because of the initiative and alertness of these individuals they should be a good safety RISK.-R. G. D. ANDERSON, INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT PREVENTION ASSOCIATIONS, TORONTO.