BRITISH SUBJECTS REPATRIATED FROM RUSSIA AN APPEAL.
[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."]
Sie,—There are now in England about 700 British subjects— men, women, and children—repatriated from Russia who, while in that country, were almost all able to live in comfort on their earnings in business or on their private means, and who worthily upheld British trade and British prestige in a foreign land. These persons have had the whole of their possessions in Russia confiscated by the Bolshevists, are destitute, and gener- ally unsuitable for employment in this country. For some considerable time after their arrival in this country they were supported by charitable funds, and when these were exhausted HAL Government voted certain further sums towards their relief. This public aid will, however, cease entirely after the end of March, and many will then be faced with absolute penury, and be forced to take refuge in the workhouse or to become a burden on the rates. A council has been formed with the object of appealing to the public to enable them to continue assistance where such seems indispensable. We believe that these are among the saddest and most pressing cases of distress which have arisen from the War, and we most earnestly appeal for subscriptions and donations to help the council in their attempt to render aid to these, our fellow-countrymen and countrywomen, in their great need. Subscriptions and dona- tions should be sent to the Hon. Treasurer, Mr. G. F. Feild, 17 St. Helen's Place, E.C. 3, and crossed "Lloyds Bank, Ltd."
GEORGE W. BCCH AN AN. PHYLLIS &DENHAM. CHARLES HUNTER.