Your correspondent, the Rev. Basil D. Reed, is perfectly right. As an old country parson and the son of a country parson I can endorse every word. Many rural cottages are a disgrace to the nation. Yet it does not pay to build cot- tages within the means of that vast portion of the nation whose breadwinners earn £2 a week or less. It is not good business, but it is good patriotism and good Christianity.— C. POYNTZ-SANDEIISON, Emsworth, Hants.