The War Illustrated No 139 Vol 6 October 16th 1942

Middle East might have taken avery different turn. Wc have had more than enough o f self-depreciation and ignorant criticism .The time has come to standup for ourselves. The magnitude, o f the task which that truly great man Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to achieve in order to bring America into the War against Germ any, with no fewer than 15,000,000 persons o f Germanic origin .inhabiting the United States, must never be forgotten when we consider the part America is now fated to play in the world fight for freedom .Theodore Dreiser is an eminent American journalist and writer o f fiction, inborn the“ H oosier ”country o f Indiana, but his name betrayeth his mental provenance, just as his obsession with those underlaycrs o f society, where “things perverse, obscene, abominable ”arc bred, indicates if gloomy and distorted view o f life, as reflected in his many “powerful ”novels, and especially An American Tragedy, lie is an isola­tionist and violently anti- British. Yet this atman, this time, recently unburdened him­self in Toronto o f the most subversive and ignorant stuff about Great Britain that puts• L indbergh’s scatterbrained attacks quite in the\shade. T f Russia were defeated this man Dreiser hoped that the Germans w'ould invade England and rid the world o f a nation that has gone pappy by allowing itself to be ruled by a horse-riding (shoo tin ',hun tin ’,and fishin') aristo­cracy. The typical ignorance o f this fictionist in all that con­cerns the life and genius o f the British people may, in some measure at least, be attributed to the English habit o f self- ,depreciation, by contrast with an opposite American propen­sity that need not be em­phasized. Another alleged gem from D reiser’s lips at Toronto run s: “England has done nothing in this War thus far cxccpt borrow money, planes, and men from us.” Listening to such iniquitous untruths o n e’s heart outgoes to Mr. Roosevelt, knowing what a job he has had, and still has, in bringing the minority of American-born but foreign- thinking citizens into Aline. half-hour’s broadcast talk by any o f the intelligent and patriotic American flying leaders now in England would show up D reiser’s dicta for the unmitigated drivel they arc. The timidity o f the British propaganda in America- in face o f the whole-hearted and full-blooded boosting o f American achieve­ments in the U.S. press, can be blamed for the prevailing ignorance which Dreiser, thanks only to his reputation as a writer o f fiction, has been able to shout into wider and louder notoriety. Last August A lasfair Cooke, the New York correspondent Herald, was “headliners press shouting the odds on American- effort while singing small about the British. He wrote :“The consequences can hardly be guessed. A longs as the war goes on Americans will have a vague, but exaggerated, notion of the actual fighting power and presence of Americans on the European and Asiatic battlefronts. I doubt if ten Americans in a hundred have any notion that the Polish force in Britain has far surpassed, and perhaps still does, that of the Americans. Or that Canada has sent more than twice as much food to Britain as the United States. Or that of the fifteen thousand men of Wednesday’s heroic (Dieppe) raid, most of them were Canadians and Britons.” 'T’he Dreiser folly, which must have warmed the cockles o f what serves Goebbels as a heart, is also symptomatic o f the lengths to which the clam our for a second front can reach— for Dreiser was upbraiding' B iitain for not doing enqugh to succour Russia. When all the facts are available the world will be astounded to know the sacrifices which B ritain-has made to assist her brave Soviet allies o f today and to protect from Nazi domination America herself, by bearing the brunt o f the Germanic onslaught after France had crumbled, by keeping the struggle for Freedom alive while America was only in the preliminary stages p f her preparations for defence, let atone any planning for her oflen- AIR MARSHAL A.W. BISHOP, V.C., D.S.O. and Bar, world- famous British air “ace ”of the First Great War, and now Oircctor of Air Force Recruiting in Canada, in the cockpit of a Spitfire while on a visit to a R.C.A.F. squadron in England. With ishim Sndn.-Ldr. Norman Bretz. D.F.C. •Photo. l:ox sivc. But the shouting lor a second front in 1942 has been overdone. Foolish youths are chalking it upon the blasted walls o f London, 1 observe. The best time for a second front was away back in 1939. but Stalin in his own wisdom chose to let Hitler have one front then—and oh the difference to the world o f freemen that did make !correspondent o f -The Daily ^is much that one could say on this S t T l m l apprehensive o f the effect o f he 1 jc but now js no( lhc (jmc for ¦soon after go into my salvage b n except I, ”in a too free and.irresponsible w h*. nvitterc mus fif we -nv “ n -ilkK ’n tllL cnvcloPes' which I save foi using Awn ----------!l-N V liat matters to us (it wc aiv, realists) .,,i,i1 (.cc dine T hf* finmi o r ­is the situation that exists. And I would outpoint that to use a fleet of seventy-five m en-o’- war to take one convoy to the Soviets, when that great fleet might have been employed in strengthening our reserves in the Middle East, wherein truth we are holding a second front, is some slight evidence o f the extent to which we are supporting our Soviet Allies. Britain has. achieved marvels o f self-sacrifice in helping her allies. But for the honouring o four obligation to Greece the story o f the\ X /hat a pleasant old chap Dr. Joseph Parker, o f the City Temple, would seem to have been when you got him on the subject o f tobacco! I recollect him as an aggressive and self-assertive preacher, with something o f the crudities o f certain of Israel’s minor prophets. Reading today a paragraph which he wrote just fifty years ago in a monthly symposium o f The Idler for Nov. 1892, I think I know why I did ’tn cotton to the man. Here is the p arag rap h:“ I hate smoking. From end to end it is a nuisance. It ends in cancer, apoplexy, bad temper, bankruptcy and almost in hydrophobia. It is an invention of the devil. It is the pastime of per­dition. No dog smokes. No bird pines for tobacco. No horse is a member of a pipe club. No intelli­gent person ever puts a cigar in his mouth. The whole idea and practice of smoking must be con­demned as atheistical, agnostical, and infinitely detestable. Smoking has been abandoned by all reputable persons, and left to ministers, editors, ?poets, and other intellectual con­fectioners.” I I e liev e it or not. the man who wrote that was filling the City Temple (he bui|t it in 1874) twice eve y Sunday up to his death in 1902, and had been for many years in the big money of the religious world as both preacher and writer. These stupid, ill-couched phrases, nearly all expressing untruths, were typical o f the man, yet had wireless been invented in his time he would almost cer­tainly have been the star per­former on the air, where his lusty invective, his wild and whirling words would have had many admirers. And yet I ’m sorry that the Temple lie laboured so well to build and filled so long with his crude eloquence should at last have g jn e up in fire—and smoke. No dog smokes, indeed, and one might add that no horse ever asks for a pink gin or a bottle o f Chateau Yquem. Which “ministers” did Parker mean to associate with editors? Surely not prime ministers !Among the worst offenders in paper-w asting arc the numberless organizations that bombard the charitable—i.e. known subscribers to charities —with frequent circular letters. 1 have been able lo add to my stock o f miscellaneous unused envelopes many a score, sent tome by these, “appeal secretaries.” One importunate institution has sent nome fewer than four “repeats,” each consisting o f (1) the containing envelope with a 2 id .stamp, (2) a printed reply envelope unstamped, (3) a four-page imitation typewritten letter with actual signature, and (4) a pictorial leaflet -with subscription form .That is typical of scores o f appeals that come to my desk and for with pasted over address slips., The flood o f such appeals, to which I have long been accus-tom cd as a humble subscriber to more charities than 1 can now assist, does not seem to have lessened greatly in the drive for paper-saving. It must involve a high percentage o f waste on the sums col­lected, quite apart from the valuable paper, so much o f which, despite the ingenuity of the appeal secretaries, falls on stony ground. There is a case here, I think, for investigation. Printed in England and published every alternate Friday l>y the Proprietors, T lir. A m a i.c a m a tk I) Pkkss, Ltd .,TheMed way House, Parrinudon Street, Jxmdon, K.C.4. Registered for transmission by Canadian Magazine Post. Sole Agents for Australia and Now Z ealand: Messrs. Gordon A - (Jotch, Ltd .and for South Africa :Central News Agency, L td.—October 10.1912. S.S. Editorial Address: john carpenter house, whitefriars. London, e.c.4.
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