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I hope you will pardon me for addressing you without knowing your name, but I
feel sure that you could handle this rather blustering boy better than I. I
am sorry that he had the annoyance of writing a thesis on false information,
but many other students have been mislead by Mr. Loggins5' book6 and have made the same mistake. Mr.
Loggins' publisher is at present preparing erratum slips to be sent out to
schools and public libraries
whothat have purchased Mr. Loggins'
book, with a request that the librarians insert these slips opposite page
215 in "I Hear America".
John Walsh7, a student, seems to find it incredible that one should admire and reverence the Roman Church as a great organization and a great spiritual power (certainly the greatest spiritual power this world has ever known), and yet this person should not be, herself, a Catholic. The answer is very simple. I am an Episcopalian because my mother8 and father9 were, and that Church is home to me.
Mr. Loggins might have avoided making an absolutely false statement by writing a short note either to my publisher3 or to me. Some of the boys and girls write me and insist that this statement has the "authority of Columbia University behind it". Young people do not understand that a man may teach in a university without being a scholar. Certainly, the first characteristic of the scholar is to reject floating current opinion and get the facts from an absolutely reliable source.
Perhaps I should not trespass upon your time to this extent, but I would be
grateful if you told Jack that he cannot always believe what he
readsfinds in print, and that I cannot prevent people from writing
books about me, or from making false statements such as there are in
Re vn eé
Rapin10's book11 — I never met Mr.
Rapin, and refused to answer a long questionnaire which he once sent me.