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Letters, Oct. 31, 1949

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Life With Father


I don’t want to castigate anyone unfairly, but I would like to know if you misquoted Henry Browne Wallace or if he really did say, “father gets castrated so often in print” [TIME, Oct. 10]. If he did, it is easy to believe that he “reads only books or magazines pertaining to his work” . . .


Salt Lake City, Utah

¶I He did, and he does.—ED.

Prophets & Kings


Artist Guy Rowe’s biblical illustrations for In Our Image [TIME, Oct. 10] indeed prove that people of today evince the same features of sufferance and salvation, of burden and rest, of good and evil as did our ancestors.

Chicago, Ill. MARTIN WINE

… It is a trying effort to associate those seedy bloated faces with the . . . Kings and Prophets of Israel . . .

ELI GOLDMAN Alhambra, Calif.


. . . Only a truly sentient artist, moved deeply and genuinely by the events in the lives of those men & women of the Old Testament, could have reanimated that ancient spirituality so luminously . . .

FEED MINOTTI Baltimore, Md.


. . . Artist Rowe’s Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elisha, etc. appear as sickly souls … All the marks of the machine age are upon them . . .

The Old Testament prophets were dynamic-appearing individuals. Their singular countenances, beaming with inspiration and light, inspired awe and love in all who were blessed to see them. Michelangelo’s Moses is a good example of what one might expect a prophet of Israel to look like . . .



United Israel Bulletin New York City


. . . May I offer the guess that Painter Rowe found his inspiration for David in the famous 1941 photograph of a Frenchman mourning his country’s defeat?

ROBERT R. SCHWOB Geneva, Switzerland ¶Reader Schwob (and ten other readers) guessed right.−ED.

Mumbling in Manhattan

Sir: In your report of Edward Bernays’ analysis of what ails our theater [TIME, Oct. 10], no mention is made of poor voices and incomprehensible enunciation. Many of the performers can act fairly well, but only a few of them speak intelligibly . . . There is such a thing yet (or is there?) as your money’s worth; and moving figures mumbling quietly to themselves are not worth the price asked.


Pregnant Preferences


. . . Your reporting of my article on free-feeding pregnant women [TIME, Sept. 5] . . . has led a number of women to feel that if they were pregnant patients of mine they would be happy, but fat. Preferring not to be fat, they would not care to be patients of mine, and this, as you can well understand, is serious. Nowhere in your story could I find anything to … explain, as was proved in my original article, that despite free-feeding, the average gain and the average retained weight after pregnancy is the same as the accepted standards . . .

[Also] my professional colleagues accuse me of making a “sweeping but poorly documented claim,” namely, that “uninhibited, free-fed women have an easier time in labor.” While this may be true, and I believe it is, I made no such claim . . .

ARTHUR G. KING, M.D. Cincinnati, Ohio

Opportunity in Puerto Rico


Re Ed (“Archie”) Gardner of radio fame, and his move to Puerto Rico because “it’s a hell of a good business opportunity” [TIME, Oct. 10]. Respectfully suggest that he and others of his type be permitted to do this and make it permanent . . . EDWARD L. WOLFF Montpelier, Vt.

Sir: The flavor has gone from Duffy’s mulligan. I always liked Archie [but] I can’t say as much for Ed Gardner. How come, he can’t pay his share of the taxes like the rest of us . . .? CHUCK ABBOTT Tucson, Ariz.


Ed Gardner certainly should resent the imputation that he is a tax dodger . . . Those who so accuse him show a woeful lack of understanding of why Congress sanctions tax exemptions on incomes earned within the island.

The U.S. position toward its possessions is that of a parent with lusty, growing children, who must be supported until they become self-sustaining. For the past half-century Puerto Rico has been a costly child, its upkeep running into millions annually … To reduce this drain on U.S. resources, Congress has tried to encourage American industry and investment in the island through tax exemptions and other inducements . . . GEORGE R. MERCADER Beverly Hills, Calif.

Little Facts & Primary Functions

Sir: It is made obvious by your Oct. 10 cover that Wellesley has the most beautiful college president. R. KEYES Los Angeles, Calif.

Sir: . . . For digging out the important little facts that make Wellesley the great college it is … a gold star. BARBARA SCOTT CRAWFORD Erie, Pa.

Sir: As a young married woman five years out of college … I disagree with the statement by Wellesley’s President Clapp that men & women have the same function as citizens and as members of the community . . . The primary function of woman in society is that of mother and homemaker, [and] her education should not completely blind her to the ultimate career which she will follow …. It is in the mental attitude of the woman when she is faced with the problems of the child and the home that the shortcomings of the college curriculum show up plainest. Her “broadened” mind is humiliated by the trivia of kitchen, baby, and husband which consume all of [her] precious time . . .

It would seem that there is a moral responsibility somewhere, not only for the woman but for the educator as well. HELEN BATCHELOR Havertown, Pa.

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