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Letters, Oct. 25, 1954

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Racial Flare-Up

Sir: It was to be expected that the desegregation decision of the Supreme Court would bring out whatever beastly intolerance exists in what we flatteringly speak of as ”Christian America.”

But the actions of those intolerant yokels in Delaware [TIME, Oct. 11] . . . show that while we have gone a long way in decency as interpreted by our high court there is a great segment of our population that is still a backwoods mob without the slightest comprehension of democracy or Christianity . . .


Kansas City, Mo.

Sir: … It seems impossible that Bryant Bowles, his followers, and the people of Milford could call themselves “democratic,” but they undoubtedly do. What do they think they are accomplishing by starting these race fights? . . . Perhaps they are deliberately passing the plum of prejudice to Russia for her to present to the Communists as proof of American idiocy . . .


Censure from Europe

Sir: … I read with poignantly mixed emotions the piece by Emmet Hughes from London on how McCarthy hurt the U.S. cause in Europe [TIME, Oct. 4].

When I tried to tell the State Department the same thing, in practically the same words, a year and a half ago, I had my throat Cohned and Schined from career to here,* while the schizoid psychological warriors of Foggy Bottom ran for cover . . .

I doubt that the Hughes report meant as much to anyone else as it did to me.


Sir: … I have just returned from a three-month tour of Europe and the Middle East myself, visiting 18 countries, and I have talked with a lot of people over there concerning Senator McCarthy. I find that the informed people . . . like McCarthy. For instance, in Turkey I found the Senator was greatly admired, for the Turks know the Communists; they liked him in Spain; in Ireland, yes, and even some places in England and Scotland. The only people who don’t like Senator McCarthy are the ones whose minds have been poisoned by such magazines as yours, or are Pinks or Reds themselves . . . NATHAN BOLTON Publisher

Bastrop Daily Enterprise Bastrop, La.

Sir: . . . Now I can tell all my apprehensive Asian friends that we in Pakistan were right to choose the U.S. as our ally and that their criticisms I of McCarthyism in] your great country are not justified …


Praise & Censure (Contd)

Sir: . . . The Watkins committee report [TiME, Oct. 4] is an important step in the discharge of the moral obligation of the U.S. Senate to its own dignity and to the entire world: the placing of Joe McCarthy in his proper perspective.

Even as a practicing attorney, one needs, from time to time, an inward, spiritual reassurance of the basic soundness of our adversary system of justice. The Watkins report provides such reassurance, as well as proof that our rules of evidence . . . provide an effective means of dealing with the McCarthys and their like.



Sir: . . . McCarthy’s political demise will be the greatest impetus to Communism this country has ever received.



Second Things First

Sir: Calling Charles Ives, one of America’s greatest composers, “an insurance broker who pioneered polytonal music in the U.S. in his spare time” [TIME, Sept. 27] is tantamount to saying that Herman Melville was a customs clerk who dabbled in literature or Goethe a theatrical manager who once in a while wrote a book.

Charles Ives was able to become a great composer precisely because he was intelligent enough to become an insurance man at a time when the type of music which made him great was still less productive of even a slight commercial success than it is now.


Composer Ives, an insurance man for over 30 years, effectively answered Composer Krenek in a letter written to a friend: ”My work in music helped my business, and my work in business helped my music.”—ED.

Bodies by Bequest

Sir: You have done medical education a service with your forthright article on the cadaver shortage in this country [TIME, Oct. 4]. However . . . your selection of Tennessee as an example gives a mistaken impression. Although the University of Tennessee College of Medicine accepts 200 medical students a year, we have at this time five students at each dissecting table. But the situation is getting worse rather than better . . .

ROLAND H. ALDEN Chief of the Division of Anatomy University of Tennessee Memphis

Sir: … It occurs to me that the best way to promote the giving of bodies by bequest would be for each physician to bequeath his own body to the school from which he graduated. In this way, he would be repaying a debt which he alone can fully pay. Furthermore, if the medical profession would lead the way, the general public would eventually follow.

H. G. PARKS Bay City, Mich.

New Directions (Contd.)

Sir: Dr. David Riesman’s brilliant account of evolution of mankind into “other-directeds” [TIME, Sept. 27] is perhaps the reason and cause for the super-mediocrity of most people, most jobs, most professions, even most autonomous men.

JOHN KINDL Livonia, Mich.

Sir: Between Mrs. Ambrose Clark and Mr. David Riesman, I’ll take Mrs. Clark because she says, “Lose as if you liked it,” and this Mr. Riesman (in a million words) just gets me mixed up …

JACK PEERS Salt Lake City

Mission to Mecca

Sir: I was greatly pleased with “The Propaganda Pilgrims” [TIME, Sept. 27]. I happen to be witness to the fact that in 1924 the Soviet border was completely closed and that no pilgrimage was allowed. A few years later (1928-30), the mosques were either torn down or used for different purposes. The clergy was liquidated or sent to Siberia; so 40 million Mohammedans in the Soviet Union were forced to do their worshiping secretly . . . During World War II, Russia pretended to show the free world that the Mohammedan behind the Iron Curtain had religious freedom. But this was utterly false according to testimony from Mohammedan refugees . . .

America should ever be on the lookout ready to expose these “fakers” . . . Mohammedans who live and enjoy freedom in this country would gladly cooperate in this project.

ALT. R. NIJASI, M.D. Los Angeles

Conversation Piece

Sir: Yale’s trenchant Dr. Griswold warmed the hearts of 15 Gonzaga University students when he “rued the passing of the lively art of conversation” [TIME, Oct. 4]. Tired of the unanswerable tyranny of television and the lecture hall, we formed a club two years ago for the express purpose of reviving the lost art with a bit more finesse than the average campus bull session. Since then we have managed to do a great deal of talking on subjects ranging from McCarthyism to the meaning of a liberal education. We feel certain that our conversations have given us a firmer grasp of “what higher education is all about” . . .

KEITH McDuFFiE Kennewick, Wash.


Sir: “At 316.67, it [the Dow-Jones industrial average] was only 20 points below the all-time high of 381.17 in September 1929” I TIME, Oct. 4]. Whodunit, TIME’S statisticians or proofreaders?


St. Louis

TIME’S copyreader figured a switch when she should have switched a figure. It should have read 361.67.—ED.

Cooking with Hashish

Sir: … I recognize the Alice B. Toklas hashish fudge [TIME, Oct. 4] as my own Huxleyan rendering of experience . . . The fudge, known as “majoon” in Morocco, is sometimes served with hot mint tea at the end of an Arab feast, instead of alcohol, which is considered sinful. In any case, to paraphrase the only other really famous cookbook, “First catch your cannabis saliva.”


Tangier, Morocco

Grimm Victory

Sir: Reader Grimm [TIME, Sept. 27] is entirely right. Indeed, I have been a little surprised that nobody else noticed the implications in the script of High and Dry. The satire was not buried very deep.

I would be sad, however, if he thought there was malicious intent. Does it help to point out that Bill Rose, who wrote the screenplay, is, like myself, an American, though both of us have spent a good many years in Britain? We saw the story very much from the viewpoint of the American . . . The savagely unfair way in which the American is treated, the sly insult added to injury and the ultimate indignity of being expected to feel that he is somehow “morally” in the wrong were part of the flavour of the joke. A touch of vinegar to keep the thing from getting too saccharine . . .


-Publicist Kaghan was asked to resign as deputy director of the U.S. High Commissioner’s Public Affairs Division in Germany, five weeks after tagging McCarthy-Committee Staffers Cohn and Schine “junketeering gumshoes.” -Director of High and Dry.

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