EVERETT R. MEVES was a frequent writer of letters to the editor in the Camden Courier-Post during the 1930s.

Camden Courier-Post * February 9, 1938

Now We Know

To the Editor:

Sir-Mr. Showalter wishes that some one would please tell me that selective breeding of the mind is impossible .

Will some one please tell, Mr. Showalter that he certainly knows nothing about biology and eugenics? If he did he would not fall into such an error.

Selective breeding of the mind is possible, and is one of the most important objects of the eugenic program, the breeding of a more intelligent race.

He asks, supposing we are the product of evolution, what would I have us evolve to instead of human beings? The answer is, into more healthy, intelligent and ethical human beings. ,

He asks whether the intelligent minority elected Mr. Hoover. He, no doubt refers to the depression of 1929, which was world-wide, inevitable as the result of the great war, and which reached us last of all. It was by no means Mr. Hoover's depression. The intelligent minority in 1936 voted for Mr. Landon, foreseeing that the present administration, if kept in power, would bring us into another depression, which is unescapably the Roosevelt depression. Calling it just a "recession" does not make it any sweeter.


Camden Courier-Post * February 15, 1938

Honest Millions

To the Editor:

Sir-Mr. Samko asks if a man can become wealthy honestly.

That reminds me of the late William Jennings Bryan, who, in his righteous youth, used to say that no man could earn a hundred thousand dollars honestly. After he accumulated more than that amount for himself, he changed his tune to the effect that no man could earn a million honestly. Much depends on the point of view.

Mr. Samko pictures the wealthy as "hoarding" money, "swallowing the nation's currency," which is limited in amount, not enough to go around, and merely a medium of exchange. Isn't that a laugh!

The wealthy do not hoard money, the currency medium of exchange. What they have is real wealth, ownership of property, goods and services. Money is only its symbol. Nor do the wealthy hoard it. They plow it back into industry in loans, represented by bonds, or ownership, represented by stock. All this is service, supplying capital to industry and providing jobs. The amount of wealth available for all is limited only by ability to produce, distribute and consume.

In addition to supplying working capital, the wealthy also supply management, without which industry would be a leaderless mob wasting its action in confusion and chaos. This ability is rare, consequently well-paid, and rightly so, for it is all that saves us from destruction. Why, then, cavil at wealth? It the accumulation of such wealth that has given us our high standards. Limit it and you limit everything else..


Camden Courier-Post * February 17, 1938

Agnosticism and Haywire

To the Editor:

Sir—Mr. Welsh warns me, "not so fast," but he is completely off the track. He blames my life-long search for knowledge and the truth for my lack of faith. Then the way to have faith is to remain ignorant and refrain from seeking the truth! That may satisfy him, but not me.

He uses an "old quotation" that an agnostic admits a first cause and then dismisses God. The agnostic neither admits nor denies a first cause or a God. In common with every, one else he knows nothing about either. 

Unlike most, however, he honestly and cheerfully admits his ignorance, so neither fools himself nor permits others to fool him.

Mr. Welsh says that Isaiah did foretell the virgin birth of Jesus. I repeat, the word translated "virgin" means just "young woman." The king of Judah was being attacked by the kings of Syria and Israel. The prophet quieted his fears by saying that a young woman would conceive and bear a son, and that, before this boy was old enough to choose between good and evil "the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings." Isa. 7, 1-16.) There is nothing here about Jesus.

The prophet then saw to it personally that the young woman should conceive, taking two witnesses along to certify to the fact. (Isa. 8, 1-4.)

What happened? Instead of the king of Judah being relieved from the attack, these two kings gave him a most unmerciful beating. (2 Chron. 28, 1-8.)

This was the very opposite of what was prophesied, and it all had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus several hundred years later.


Camden Courier-Post * February 18, 1938

Thinks Jager Forgot What It Was He Was About to Say

To the Editor:

Sir—Mr. Jager finally speaks, and uses 400 words for invective. 

But not one word explaining Socialism. 
I doubt if the public is interested in his opinion of me, or mine of him. 

The first requisite of debate is to establish clearly what is being debated. Mr. Jager wishes to establish Socialism. Does he hope to do this through persuasion and the ballot? Then he must let the people know what Socialism is. Or perhaps he belongs to the direct action sect of Socialists, who would impose their will by force. In this case he would be quite consistent in refusing to divulge their plans.

To set forth the principles of Socialism and to show how it is in harmony with human nature would not require the quotation of all of Marx’s writings. Mr. Jager has the right to summarize. It is not difficult. I do it with every subject I discuss, citing authorities. 

Let him give us his idea of Socialism, so we shall have something to debate about. 


Camden Courier-Post * February 18, 1938

Questions Meves' Qualifications as Scientist
and Invites Him to Church y

To the Editor:

Sir—The subject of evolution has been frequently discussed in the Mail Bag. Mr. Meves has written probably the most frequently and certainly the most convincingly; that is to those who already believe in the theory of evolution. But he has failed to convince me and many others. 

Mr. Meves, you have said of other men that they are not scientists: Please tell us to what extent you are, and I do not mean by that what you have read in books. 

Evolution is certainly not a lay man's subject. Though it is of interest to most people, and rightly so, few are really qualified to discuss it. My opinion may be expressed, but to it I can not attach any authority. However, I do believe in the authority of the Bible. 
I have two more requests to make of Mr. Meves. I would like to have him explain to Mail Bag readers why it is that evolution cannot be established on the bases of facts furnished by living animals. I also request his presence at a public meeting to be held in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thirty-sixth street. above Federal, Saturday, February 26, beginning about 7.30 p. m. This meeting will feature a scientific lecture by James A. Nelson, Ph.D., entitled, "What the Evolutionists Would Have' You Believe." The lecture will be followed by an open forum in which questions from the audience will be presented to the speaker. 


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Camden Courier-Post * February 25, 1938


Pete Samko
Everett R. Meves