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Should a juror take a drink? Has Social Credit an answer to unemployment? The med men aren't dead yet

April 11 1959
Mailbag

Mailbag

Should a juror take a drink? Has Social Credit an answer to unemployment? The med men aren't dead yet

April 11 1959

Mailbag

Should a juror take a drink? Has Social Credit an answer to unemployment? The med men aren't dead yet

WHAT KIND of character has a man who deliberately goes against known rules for jurors—a man supposed to have ability to consider pros and cons of a murder case? He himself does what is wrong, yet is to judge a wrong done by another. I refer to Kim McIlroy (I Served on a Murder Jury, Feb. 14) smuggling whisky in his suitcase and to his evident glee at the overturning of the separating screen by another juror of irresponsible character.-M. M. LAING, TORONTO.

The Socreds’ formula

“Nobody has a formula for dealing with inflation and unemployment at one and the same time." (Editorial, Feb. 14). Maclean’s is fully aware that Social Credit has one. Your readers are adult and should be given the opportunity to consider that formula.—E. v.

HATTERSLEY, EDMONTON.

Treasures in trust

I would like to correct a statement made by Marjorie Earl in her otherwise interesting article on the Duke of Bedford (Jan. 3). The National Trust is not ”... a government agency created to relieve aristocrats of the costly treasures of national interest.” The trust was actually started by three enlightened people in the 1890s, principally to preserve open spaces which were rapidly being used for building purposes.-MISS PATRICIA RIGBY, NORTH

WEST RIVER, LABRADOR.

Reducing machines (cone.)

Never mind who’s hoodwinking who, if anybody, about the Stauffer system. (Can you Loaf your Way to a Better Figure?, Jan. 31). Results are more to

the point. You should see my wife! Best damn hundred dollars I ever spent.—■

ARTHUR HAILEY, SCARBOROUGH, ONT.

On Waterloo Row

Lawrence Earl states (Mike Wardell’s Tempestuous Love Affair with the Maritimes, Feb. 28) that Wardell “lives in a modest three-room apartment on Regent Street.” Although he may maintain such an apartment, Mr. Wardell lives in one of the largest houses on Waterloo Row, THE residential area for prosperous or pompous career men.

-E. F. BALL, FREDERICTON.

Seasick remedy

Why did seasick people (Stoker Mahoney and Pill No. 2-183, Feb. 14) have to suffer during the war or any other time? Canada put out an excellent remedy fifty years ago under the name of Mothersill. I and countless

Europeans have had occasion to be mighty thankful for such RELIEF.-MRS. A. WOTHERSPOON, COLLIN’S BAY, ONT.

TV’s med men

I read with pleasure Thomas P. Kelley’s splendid article (My Dad was King of the Medicine Men, Mar. 14). I remember “med men” showing in our Nova Scotia village in the late Eighties. The names of their remedies, Kickapoo Indian Tonic and Rattlesnake Oil, still persist in my memory . . . But I differ with the statement that med shows

are now defunct. One cannot tune in to any television program without being assailed by some announcer telling with leather lungs and brazen throat the magical properties of his nostrum, the efficiency of his washing compound and the miracles performed by their secret ingredient, nostrol or eruto—so secret they were never heard of by chemist or PHARMACIST.-E. E. MACK, VANCOUVER.

Religion and superstition

Prof. N. J. Berrill starts his argument (Religious Beliefs mustn’t shackle Human Welfare, Feb. 28) with a criticism of Jehovah’s Witnesses about blood transfusions and ends it with an alarmed concern for world overpopulation. It should not be overlooked that God’s command to our first parents to “multiply” was limited to filling the earth. In God’s own due time and way this function of humans will CEASE.-MRS. N.

SCHURKS, SUDBURY, ONT.

p' ... hit the point . . . timely.— MRS. STELLA SHAEFER, SMITHS FALLS, ONT.

** Berrill’s article in your issue of Feb. 28 is just sheer nonsense. It is paradoxical that he should attack the Witnesses for letting people die by denying medical aid and on the other hand the Catholic Church is attacked for protecting the unborn. I do not wish to enter into argument with this zoologist but as a Catholic I would just like you to know that I think he has holes in his HEAD.-EAMON MURPHY, MAPLEWOOD P.O., B.C.

Wc take a bow

Y'ou are doing an outstanding job and deserve every possible congratulation. I do not agree with all your writers in all particulars but I find their viewpoints interesting and refreshing. It seems to me you could establish a tremendous newsstand sale in the U. S. if you cared to make the EFFORT.-R. J. CLARK, TORONTO.

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u* Dieters’ new messiah v* Our railways defended

Peter C. Newman in How to Get Your Boss’s Job (Feb. 14) quotes Prof. Eric Kierans: “If your wife won’t allow you to devote the largest proportion of your life to your company, you just haven't got a chance.” In reply . . .

THE NEW LUCASTA Tell me not sweet. I urn unkind That from the nunnery Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind To Bunco Steels, I fly.

True! A new mistress now l chase—

My rival in the field.

And with a Bunco’ Steel embrace By Bunco brand / wield.

Yet this inconstancy is such As you, too, shall adore.

I could not love thee, dear, so much Loved / not Bunco more.

-MARY CARR WRIGHT, VICTORIA, B.C.

Hurray for eating fat!

Gaylord Hauser, you are through! Our new messiah is Dr. Ray Lawson (Eat Fat and Grow Slim, Feb. 14). Out with the yogurt and blackstrap molasses and bring on butter! I, for one, am certainly not going to discuss these ideas with my own doctor. He’ll just give me the old line about a well-balanced diet. I'm just going right down to the kitchen for a hot buttered rum and a piece of pork fat.-JOSEPH A. P. CLARK, TORONTO.

^ The statement that people who do not eat meat are quarrelsome fanatics is false. I get the impression that some large interests are paying your magazine to print such an article to boost the sale of animal FAT.-MRS. E. w. JACKSON, PRESIDENT, TORONTO VEGETARIAN ASSOCIATION.

Alberta’s disappearing bears

No. you won’t be able to feed those friendly bears in Alberta’s National Parks (Preview, Feb. 28). Not, however, for the reason suggested but because in the immediate Banff and Jasper districts at least, there will be few, if any, bears to feed. Almost the entire bear population of the Banff district was exterminated by gunfire last fall during a nauseating campaign of ill-considered and unnecessary destruction, without parallel in the long history of continental national parks. And what happened to the bears of Banff happened in no small measure to the bears of Jasper and in the other national parks involved. — HUBERT U.

GREEN, BANFF, ALTA.

Best cover

Your best cover this year is Duncan Macpherson's fourteen people crowded into an ELEVATOR.-JOAN ROBINS, MOUNT

HOLLY, N.J.

Our not-so-laggard trains

In Our Laggard Trains (Preview, Feb. 28). your information regarding crosscountry speed of Canadian trains may be quite accurate, but where else in the world, on a main-line railroad, would you find a descent of 3,848 feet in only 140 miles, equivalent to 27.5 feet per

mile, as traveled by the CPR's crack transcontinental train, the Canadian, between Revelstoke and Stephen. B.C.? And for a thrill why not take a ride on the same train from Brandon, Man., to Portage la Prairie, Man.—accomplishing the 77.5 miles in 77 minutes with no less than twelve compulsory slowdowns while traveling through towns and villages? Perhaps our railroads are not so laggard as you SUGGEST.-R. S. ATKEY, ARNPRIOR, ONT.

Baxter’s manners

Beverley Baxter (Feb. 28) refers to the married daughters of Lord Attlee becoming “Lady Gertie, Lady Mary . . . or whatever their first names and married names happen to be." This is the second time Baxter has chosen to refer in such terms to the daughters of a distinguished gentleman. This sort of thing is not brilliant nor informed reporting; it is merely rude and boring.— .1. C. SUTHERLAND, CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I.

Living mystery of Barkerville

Marjorie Earl's The Living Mystery of the Rockies (Feb. 28) was very nice, except the paragraph that refers to Barkcrville. Barkerville has not vanished. It is a living legend of the old gold-mining days, the town that decided the fate of British Columbia one hundred years ago. There are descendants of the original courageous men and women living in comfortable, bright, cheerful homes bordered by lawns and gradens. The post office is still in operation and the mining office has been moved to the centre of town. One of the provincial Centennial Committee's projects was a start on the restoration of Historic Barkerville and the area is now a provincial park. The former “Gold Capital of the World“ will always remain a part of outliving HISTORY.-MRS. ROBERTA K. COOK,

BARKERVILLE, B.C.

Having spent the greater part of my life in the Rocky Mountains Trench 1 was very interested in the articles by Marjorie Earl and Bruce Hutchison. Just to baffle Miss Earl a bit more. I want to tell her the Rockies extend from the Sierra Madre, to northern Alaska, and from the Pacific Coast as far east as the Black Hills of South Dakota and

Wyoming.-C. P. HOWELL, VANCOUVER,

Stopping traffic deaths

the article by Sidney Katz. Eight Ways to Stop Traffic Deaths (Feb. 28). is very full and complete. After over 30 years’ experience in the insurance business and studying this problem intensely I am prepared to say that the way a person drives his car or truck is a matter of personal disposition. If we can agree as to the reason for the way various people choose to drive a car. then we should be able to solve this PROBLEM.-T. J. T. WILLIAMS,

TORONTO.

We’re growing up

Maclean's has been going to my special English friends. Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Greet of Bristol. England, for two years. Yesterday 1 received an airmail letter from them: “We do appreciate and enjoy this magazine very much. Maclean's seems really to have ‘grown up' from the rather feeble magazine as 1 remember it 25-30 years AGO."-MISS ISABELLE PRITCHARD, TORONTO. it