Dec. 23, 1946
My dear Earle:
I am sending along a card from Mary E. Colman just to show you what they think of you and your work.
Your issue was very good indeed. I can see a bright future for the mag.
I heard a good story from Marko the other day which I am passing on to you, Esther, Garnett, Roy, Louis and all the good fellows. Marko relates it as an authentic incident.
A Jap officer who was trying hard to break the morale of the prisoners at Singapore came over to the camp one morning, clattered his sword down on a table, put his clicking heels on top of a bench and rasped out 'Japanese planes blow all America pieces. Japanese planes all over New York zoom zoom zoom zoom, puppuppuppup poof New York, no more New York. (Pause for effect. Silence registered on faces of prisoners.) Jap planes all over Chìc-à-gò. Zoom zoom zoom zoom puppuppup poof Chicago, no more Chicago. (Pause). Jap. planes over Washington. Zoom zoom Poof Washington. No more W.' A voice at the back 'How about San Francisco?' 'Oh Japanese planes all over etc. etc.' 'How about Los Angeles?' 'Oh Jap planes poof Los Angeles. No more Los Angeles.' A Yorkshireman calls out 'And how about Bullshit?' 'Oh Japanese planes all over Bullshit zoom zoom zoom pup pup pup. Poof Bullshit. No more Bullshit.'
Love to all