14 FEBRUARY 1941, Page 5

The advent of the official wholemeal loaf lends relevance to

a story told me this week of a recent enquiry into living condi- tions in one of the West Indian islands. A negro pastor had given very intelligent evidence on the whole question, and ended by expressing his views strongly on the subject of dietary. " Who," he shot out suddenly, " was the wisest man in the Bible? " " I suppose Solomon," replied the investigator a little lamely. " No, Suh, not at all," he was assured. " It was the prodigal son, because he filled his belly with husks. He knew which part of the grain had the high vitamin-content."