Cheer up! Our crisis could clear up

March 30 1957

Cheer up! Our crisis could clear up

March 30 1957

Cheer up! Our crisis could clear up


What a tale of woe your Crisis issue (Feb. 16) tells! . . . (1) Is our ease in the East hopeless? (2) The Commonwealth is crumbling and (3) The Western Alliance has vanished.

Perhaps it may help to recall some prophecies of doom that never materialized:

William Pitt, British prime minister in 1783: “There is scarcely anything around us but ruin and despair.”

Benjamin Disraeli in 1849: “In industry, commerce and agriculture, there is no hope.”

The Duke of Wellington in 1851: “I thank (.Jod I will he spared from seeing the consummation of ruin that is gathering round.”



• Re your Crisis issue:

Beverley Baxter—readable and interesting.

Hugh MacI.ennan—rhetorical and negative.

Blair Fraser—instructive and sincere. Lionel Shapiro—enlightening with interesting sidelights.

l ister Sinclair—constructive, positive and REALISTIC.-JOHN HAIG, BELLEVILLE, ON i.

• Lister Sinclair is off the track when he says the word commonwealth was not heard of until 18X3. What about the one St. Paul talks about in Ephesians 2, verse 12?-B. MARTIN, BRAN I I ORD. ONT.

• Sinclair held me spellbound. Such a display of logic and statesmanship! — M. R. YOUNG, VANCOUVER.

• Your Crisis issue is your best yet. Dr. George S. Count’s article. The Challenge of Soviet Education, should be worth its weight in gold if it awakens our educationalists. — G. E. ARCHIBALD, HALIFAX.

Where do the lies lie?

1 was delighted with Mavor Moore’s article, Little Lies Have Become Big Business (Feb. 2). He has cleverly and

sincerely explored a growing canker in our civilization, the insidious part of which is that so few of us realize we are gently but firmly being led up the garden path.—PHILIP E. I Y AS, TORONTO.

• Hearing, seeing and reading. I am convinced that some advertisements consist mainly of small lies, big lies and just plain damn LIES.-TOM SINTON, EDMONTON, ALTA.

Our left-handed violinist

How come the Hungarian chap (Feb. lb) is playing the violin with his left arm bowing. Did someone turn the film upside down? — D. S. WICKWIRE, YAR-


• Well, how gauche can Maclean’s gel? First we had left-handed Frcnch-Canadian gourmets. Now it's a left-handed violinist.--NANCY T RAFALGAR, TORONTO.

The violinist in our picture is John Czinke, u house painter who plays in Hungarian churches and clubs in Montreal and who bows with his left arm.

The new life for Hungarians

Twenty-five pages of blather on Hungarian culture (Feb. lb) bores me into saying. "So what!” We are not interested in the trappings of an effete aristocracy.

They may be driven to distraction by red tape and poor housing: Canadians have the same problems but refrain from their emotional sprees . . . Millions of victims under the Red yoke love freedom as ardently as do they; yet they hesitate to ignite the spark that would destroy civilization. - MRS. ELIZABETH HEWITT, CLOVERDALE, B.C.

How laymen look af vision

I congratulate you on the enlightening article. What You See and Flow You See. Janice Tyrwhitt explains in layman’s language a complicated process. It is so easy to confuse the eyes as an organ of the body and vision as a mental process that we find considerable CONFUSION.--H. w. MOORE RO, WINNIPEG.

Where cancer can strike

fn a cancer-research panel held under your auspices a Dr. Kaplan made a statement that the only people to get breast cancer were women. I'm a male and on Aug. 15. 195b. was successfully operated on for the removal of a breast cancer. The surgeon was Dr. Callum, the surgeon superintendent of the Lpsom County Hospital, Epsom, Surrey. England.-J. A. SEAGER, EPSOM, SURREY, ENGLAND.