IT SEEMS to us to be unfortunate that Prime Minister King could not give Parliament weightier reasons than those presented to justify the maintenance of diplomatic relations between Canada and the Vichy Government. As yet we have encountered nobody who is impressed by the stated case.
THERE died recently, at the age of 92, the mother of an industrialist who operates in a small Ontario town. He has made a great success of life— in business, in community service, in citizenship. Replying to a letter of sympathy he said this: “We were fortunate indeed in having our parents both live to a good old age, particularly as we looked away back down life’s pathway and realized how hard the good Mother labored seven days every week, out in the country, with a family of small children, seven in number, and practically no help.
REASONS for the defeat of the French Army as given by French military commanders at the Riom trial: General Blanchard, First Army Commander: “The greatest weakness of the army in Flanders was the inferiority of the air force.” General Francois, commander in the Longwy area: “It was in the considerable insufficiency of our aviation that we must see the real cause of our reverses.”
IT’S TOO bad that the good qualities demonstrated by Supply Minister Howe should so frequently be offset by an inability to resist spurof-the-moment statements which either have to be amended or are upset by subsequent developments. His blanket announcement that next winter there would be no oil for household heating and that all oil-burning furnaces would have to be converted is an example. Nobody doubts the grave shortage of oil. Few Canadians are unwilling to accept hardship as part of the price of victory.
THINGS like this always seem to be happening to us. The other evening we became embroiled in a discussion arising from an assertion that letter writing is a lost art. We were a Nay. The Ayes were convinced they had won. Next morning there came to us a copy of a letter written by a Canadian, C. E. Ross, to his mother in Vancouver.
A Canadian's revealing account of the heroic last days in Hong Kong and a daring flight to freedom
C. E. ROSS
C. E. “Ted” Ross was born in Winnipeg twentynine years ago. He joined the C.P.R. in Vancouver in 1929, was sent to Shanghai in 1936 and transferred to the Hong Kong office four years later. When the Empress liners were removed from the Oriental service due to the war he was granted leave of absence and joined the British Ministry of Information staff.
Air Force discipline can be tough, both for those who take it and for those who dish it out
D. K. FINDLAY
A SQUAD of aircraftmen, just arrived from manning pool, stood stiffly on the parade ground and the drill sergeant was addressing them. "You been sent here to learn, and you’re gonna learn. And the most important thing you’re gonna learn, you’re gonna learn right here on this parade ground.
War gave women a break in industry and the girls have made good, raising the question: Are they there to stay?
SHE’S A wartime phenomenon—the pretty girl in slacks and jacket, colorful bandana on her head, lunch pail in her hand, riding a midnight trolley to her job in a war plant. She’s the girl who operates a gun-barrel lathe or beats out a riveter’s tattoo on an airplane body.
The Chief of Staff's job is to blueprint Canada's Army and plan the nation's defense
IF YOU met him in civilian clothes you would probably take him to be a lawyer, certainly a professional man. Six feet tall, slim, grey hair brushed straight back from the forehead; mustache close-clipped, neat; straight blue eyes; affable manner this is Lieutenant General Kenneth Stuart, Chief of the General Staff, successor to Lieutenant General H. D. G. Crerar.
Occult mystery, Oriental intrigue, and a fantastic feat of surgery combine in a most unusual story
IT WAS in the summer of ’38. I am telling a prewar story for reasons that will appear. I was an advertising and publicity man in New York. I was walking idly along Forty-second Street, picking ideas out of the air, so to speak, and I went into a nickelodeon to witness exhibits that, it was hinted by the spieler, would make the then current World’s Fair look silly by comparison.
LONDON, May 15 (By Cable). It would seem that at last the pattern of victory is emerging from the confusion of the strangest and most unpredictable war of all time. Never have the prophets, crystalgazers and experts been so discredited. Never has the logic of events been so confounded.
NO ONE can say whether or not the Government will be able to survive the rising tide of extremist opinion which is the crux of the second crisis the King administration has had to face since the plebiscite vote. The first crisis was a Cabinet affair.
# B.C. hopes to sell a railway # Alberta hunts for more gushers # Winnipeg plays 'musical chairs' # C.C.F. gets a rise out of Mitch # P.E.I. has a boom in Irish Moss
BRITISH COLUMBIA taxpayers, reading about Uncle Sam’s troops cutting a wilderness road to Alaska through the northeast corner of their province, pounced with redoubled interest on news that the highway mightn’t be enough—that U.S. engineers were talking about a railroad to supplement Alaska’s supply line.
A grand time is had by all when Vernon goes cow-town, Kelowna has a regatta or Princeton runs a ski-meet
E. Lambert Sharp
A SMALL town can be a place in which to stagnate, or it can be a fascinating meeca for a whole province, an exciting annual rendezvous for thousands of sportsmen and funseekers. It can entertain celebrities. It can bring trade to its merchants, it can make money for its charities and its war effort if it will learn how to play.
Only one man knew the secret of sub-Arctic Never Ever Land —and that secret might prove vital to the safety of North America
Into Bee-Lines Limited head office in Winnipeg, -where FRAN GORDON is front office girl, comes GIL TUCKER, Air Force reject because of color blindness, looking for a pilot's job. She arranges to have him meet the owner-partners, TOD BINGHAM and DAVE BURKE, later learns through them that Tucker has come from Washington with inside information regarding a U.S.-Canada joint defense -plan for the Arctic that will involve big bush flying contracts.
Toronto’s Dr. Fricker believes a conductor has to be tough —He was a choirboy himself once
HERBERT AUSTIN FRICKER was under scrutiny of critics who had known his predecessor’s outstanding work for two decades. He was conducting the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in his first rehearsal—the work, “I Am The God Thor.” He stopped conducting, the choir stopped singing.
In Chile the ranches employ a large number of men during the three spring months of the year when sheep have to be clipped, dipped, slaughtered and frozen for export. If the men work hard they can in three months earn about 900 Chilean pesos, that is about seven pounds, ten shillings.
THE STEEL tankful of breathing oxygen means life to a warplane crew flying at 20,000 feet, but with stray bullets in the air it’s like sitting on a time bomb. When a machine gun slug hits that vital oxygen cylinder, it’s quite likely to explode with a roar and hurl deadly jagged pieces of steel through the cabin as the terrific internal pressure of as much as 1,800 pounds per square inch is released.
Across 1. Will you have--baked beans or--cream pie? 4. Fearful. 9. One of the coast towns taken in the advance of Wavell’s forces into Libya. 11. This venomous insect has claws like a lobster’s. 12. Permanent way of a railroad. 13. A shout of welcome.
IT DOESN’T follow—as many people seem to think—that the hotter the weather the colder any meal should be. True, there’s more call for frosty refreshment but even at ninety-in-the-shade, or thereabouts, it’s not good business to go all-out in the opposite direction.
Many thanks for Beverley Baxter’s i article in Mav 1 issue (“When The War Ends”). I feel this is the type of positive, constructive thinking our country needs today. Let us have more articles of this type.—D. A. Colpitts, F/0. R.C.A.F. Saskatoon.
The Prospect Before Us (Boyce, arr* Lambert): Sadler’s Wells Orchestra con" ducted by Constant Lambert (Victor M857 six sides). A charming recording. Lambert has, I imagine, tried to preserve as much of Boyce’s orchestral color as is possible.
Scene: Better Days—For the lover of “escapist” literature we can recommend nothing better than an old book of cheque stubs.—Peterborough Ex a m mer. Dishes And Wishes—Batching is that summer period a man looks forward to and is darn glad when it’s over.—Calgary Albertan.
Honest—Boss—“Can you write shorthand?” Pretty applicant—“Yes, sir; but it takes me longer.”—Kitchener Record. Double Header — The absentminded professor and his wife left their apartment to attend a lecture. While the wife pressed the elevator button the professor felt the top of his head.
ATEST Ottawa legend concerns an executive of a manufacturing company who finds himself doubling in brass as an official of the Wartime Prices and Trade Board. When his business was confronted with a minor problem having to do with price ceilings he dictated to his secretary in his own office a letter addressed to himself at WPTB outlining the difficulty and asking for a ruling.