Letters: Japanese Ears

  • Sirs:

    Tycoon (Japanese: Dai—Great; Kun—Noble One, or Prince) used by the latter Shoguns of the Tokugawa Line descended from leasu (Seventeenth Century) and up to the abdication of Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Oct. 14, 1867.

    Under the Tokugawas men in trade (hei-min) were classed in the lowest social order—lowest even than actor. Respectfully submit your "rubber tycoon" or your "baseball tycoon" reads very amusing to Japanese ears.


    Monterey, Calif.






    TIME, Nov. 19, page 22.

    I like you, TIME, especially when you are silly.


    Boston, Mass.



    TIME is beyond all doubt the correct name for the only newsmagazine in these United States. I nearly fell off my comfortable and well balanced chair (and the whole phrase is meant literally) when I opened up the Nov. 12 issue of TIME this afternoon and found the complete election results, covered in your usual highly interesting style. That was an example of real speed on your part—speed I had not thought probable. TIME certainly makes full use of time. . . .

    D. M. LAWSON


    The Recorder

    Hampton, Iowa

    TIME acknowledges with gratitude the comment of Subscriber Lawson and 26 other subscribers upon the speed with which its post-election issue was produced and delivered. To Printer R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co. and the U. S. Postal Service, all praise.—ED.

    Victim of Bigotry


    In your issue of Nov. 12 under "Governors" you comment on Gov. George. W. P. Hunt of Arizona as follows: "Unique among all U. S. political executives is Democrat George Wylie Paul Hunt.'' Then follows a farrago of inanities of personal description such as "once strong as an ox, now 69 and bald as a turtle," etc. and "No U. S. mustache is more famed than his. Once frowsy and walrusy, it is now smartly waxed." How, in the name of common sense does this latter connect up with or throw light upon his uniqueness? When the editor, or is it office boy? writes these biographical sketches does he not have available any significant data? Every time TIME has referred to this Grand Old Man of Arizona it has focused attention to these features rather than to the great contribution Hunt has made to civilization.

    Governor Hunt is known as a great humanitarian. As governor he has never signed the death warrant of any fellow human being. He transformed the State prison from a place of horror into a university, had the prisoners examined medically and treated in line with modern scientific knowledge. He developed a splendid system of roads throughout the State. He made the big corporations obey the safety laws in the mines and reduced mine accidents to a negligible quantity. He has been absolutely fair to labor. He has been constructive and forward-looking.

    Governor Hunt has been absolutely honest. I put this statement in a paragraph by itself for it is outstanding. In all the six terms as Governor, there has never been the least suspicion ever breathed against Hunt in this connection.

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