SOME people seem to think they are helping to win the war by lampooning Hitler in comic-strip style. That’s a big mistake. You can’t laugh off a boa constrictor. Hitler and what he symbolizes are too grim a menace to be evaporated by ridicule.
IN THIS issue of Maclean’s, Richard L. Harkness, Washington correspondent, gives details of the astounding sums the United States is spending on war production. Also important is the less publicized fact that in his budget message President Roosevelt suggested that next year economies totalling $967 millions be made in non-war spending, the reductions to be made in civil departments, general public works, aids to agriculture, aids to youth, and in work relief.
WHAT most interested us about the South York election result was (a) the fact that only fifty-five per cent of the possible total vote was polled, and (b) the active interest shown in J. W. Noseworthy’s campaign by young people, many of them pupils and former pupils of the successful C.C.F. candidate, who was English master at the district collegiate.
WE ONCE worked on a newspaper whose Advice to the Lovelorn column was conducted—and very successfully conducted—by a grubby old gent half smothered in whiskers seemingly fashioned from the stuffing of a horsehair sofa. We know authors who, never having done anything more exciting than crush a cream puff with a fork, write hair-raising tales of adventure on the Burma Road.
Planes, tanks, ships, guns— Roosevelt orders them and Nelson has to get ’em built
RICHARD L. HARKNESS
WASHINGTON. Hitler need not rely on his intuition to fathom what the United States is doing about Mr. Hitler. The United States is working around the clock gearing its industrial might to the greatest arms production program in world history.
Planned diets compensate for rationing and Britons "were never healthier"
FLOYD S. CHALMERS
ASK ANY Englishman—or Englishwoman — what is the most efficient phase of Britain’s " whole war organization. In most cases you will get the answer “Food Supply.” This is a remarkable tribute to that north country retail merchant, head of the Lewis department stores, who is now Britain’s Minister of Food.
Bowler Maharg was determined to keep war supplies rolling despite freeze-ups, snowslides, and an interfering young upstart
EDMUND E. PUGSLEY
WINDY RIVER folks don’t blow. They leave that for old Windy Mountain and the down-draft chute at Hell Pit. But when they do talk, they like to say what they think. When young L. C. (Elsie) Graham blew into Selrock with the big New Year snowstorm to take over the new job of assistant superintendent, Windy River didn’t like it a little bit, and said so.
LONDON, Feb. 8 (By Cable). Some battles that are fought in a war are never given a name and therefore do not live in history to plague the schoolboy of the future. That does not lessen the intensity or the complexity of the engagement, however.
LIKE Old Man River Mackenzie King just keeps rolling along. When he came up with his plebiscite plan the critics said that this was the end; that Mr. King just couldn’t keep pulling rabbits out of his hat; that there was a law of diminishing returns.
LONDON, Feb. 10 (By Cable). As I write this article the eyes of the British people are on Singapore, and they ask themselves with much anxiety whether Singapore will hold out until the enemy can be driven off, like Tobruk, or whether it will fall and await later liberation like Hong Kong.
Kids went wild about him-but he nearly drove the sergeant major mad
SERGEANT MAJOR Nick Warren threw the official-looking sheet back on Major Frey’s desk. "I'm supposed to plead my case with that legal whooee!” he shouted. “What does it mean? I never did go for that stuff: to wit, herein, herewith, hereon, first party, second party! For all I know I’ll be hanging myself!” Thin-faced Major Frey took his stubby pipe from his mouth and said, “It’s justa matter of form.
These are the men who fly the planes that speed the nation’s business
TRANS-CANADA Air Lines last year carried 85,154 passengers — 32,000 more than in 1940 and seventy-five per cent of them on business directly connected with the war. Within four years of its inception T.C.A. has become a vital part of Canadian life and business.
A murder is avenged—and an old song threatens death to a man behind a mask
NIEHL, Chief of Police and Hambledon’s immediate superior, had been too close a friend of Roehm to emerge unscathed from the Purge. He was not executed but removed from office, and made a Provincial Governor far enough from Berlin to keep him out of sight as well as out of mind.
Story of a factory commander who scored a bull's-eye on his bomber-production target
IN JUNE last year the 4,500 men and women who comprise Fairchild Aircraft stared wide-eyed but with deep satisfaction on a chart which informed them that their plant, which sits in the sun across the river from Montreal, had achieved what the experts call Target Production.
Across 1. Britain gave this great-hearted American a royal welcome. 5. A concise, pointed saying. 9. Flying-boats patrol a vast--of sea. 11. A creamy basis of much candy. 13. A citizen of one country in another country. 15. Scottish, desist.
All the Truth? The article written by Mr. O’Leary does not tell us why Eire continues to be a beacon light for the Luftwaffe. It certainly is not likely that Mr. De Valera would have told Mr. O’Leary the truth and nothing but the truth about the accommodation afforded the Nazi naval units at Galway or other Irish harbors either.
EVERYBODY’S talking economy these days and most of us are practicing it. We’re keeping an eagle eye on the budget as we buy our groceries, we’re considering food values in the make-up of our menus and we’re trying to be good cooks from the nutritive as well as the flavor angle.
In ancient times the maps of Great Britain and Ireland were few, lacking in accuracy and devoid of detail. Ptolemy, who flourished as King of Egypt around A.D. 140, was responsible for the first map incorporating what we now know as the British Isles.
Progressive Thinker—-There are a number of highly authoritative lists of the “ten greatest thinkers of history.” An honorable eleventh place should always he reserved for that estimable guest who “thinks he will go home” and proceeds to do it.
IN CALGARY, a women’s organization interested in educational matters holds monthly meetings in one or another of the public schools. It is the amiable custom of this group to invite leading citizens to address them; but, since the gatherings are rotated from school to school, the merits of the auditorium used and the size of the audience both are highly uncertain quantities.