CONSIDERING the shipping situation, it seems to us that so far as numbers go a good job has been done to date in bringing our troops back from overseas. When it comes to the order of return, complications have set in. In July, visiting the Canadians in Holland, Ian Mackenzie, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, told correspondents that he had found a “sense of grievance” among the men on the question of repatriation by units as opposed to the pointpriority system; that many of the troops felt the Government was not carrying out its promise of first in, first out.
MACLEAN’S Canadian Short Story Contest closes September 1. Judging will begin immediately, and every endeavor will be made to expedite it. But each story must be carefully considered; many will be read by several judges. So some time must elapse before the awards can be announced.
LONDON (By wireless) — Morning on Thursday, July 26, broke with pervading warmth and brilliant sunshine in the region of St. John’s Wood, London. I have no reason to doubt that it broke in much the same manner elsewhere, but long experience has taught me to be cautious.By A. Beverley Baxter, M.P.
BY THE first anniversary of V-E Day, 50,000 Canadian families may be looking back on their 1945 housing worries, from the comfort of new Government-sponsored homes, with a sigh and a relieved, “Thank goodness that’s over!” If present Federal plans are translated into fact, the number of new small dwellings will then continue to rise at the rate of 100,000 a year until Canada’s number one current need is satisfied.By John Caulfield Smith
THERE’S your friend Charlie,” Frank said as the doorman took my arm. “Charlie Foster, with a good-looking dame. Brown curly hair, little snub nose, figure . . . boss, I wish you could get an eyeful of that chick!” “You go find a parking place across the street,” I Biiid. “I’ll take your word for her.”By Joseph, Adeline Marx
A MEATLESS day is not a hard day to face, even though we must prepare 3,000 meals for our patrons and between 1,500 and 2,000 for our staff. It gives to chefs, who have ability, an opportunity to introduce new menus to the public. It is a challenge to the imagination.
ONE Saturday morning in May, 700 school children from Toronto’s Dufferin-Eglinton district paid their usual 12 cents at the box office of the Colony Theatre and went in for their weekly movie treat. On that particular Saturday the program was something special: the opening of the first Odeon children’s club in Canada, accompanied by greetings from 350,000 English movie club children to their Canadian cousins.By Thelma LeCocq
ASI travelled through Siberia in 1935,I asked one of the Russians why they were so feverishly industrializing and arming. “We have to be ready for an attack from the Japs,” was the answer. “They invaded our country in 1918-19 and would do it again if they dared.”By JEROME DAVIS
I WATCHED the fields from the train window. Even the scrubby brush-dotted pastures looked good after Italy. Across the aisle sat a little man, with horn-rim glasses, who had the look of somebody I’d known. He came over. “Ain’t you Jim Webber’s kid, soldier? The one that used to hang around with Mark Poulsen?” “Yeah.”By CLYDE ORMOND
BERLIN—The late August night was pleasant and starlit. Berliners, in their gay summer finery, thronged the Siegesalles and listened to the music of gypsy violins, carried on the breeze from cafés in the park. The ornate old Kaiserhof Hotel, across the street from the gleaming new Propaganda Ministry, was ablaze with lights and distinguished uniforms.By L S. B. SHAPIRO
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