15 APRIL 1916, Page 14



Sta,—In making reference to the King's most generous and gracious gift to the nation you say you cannot understand why the authorities have not made it the occasion for promoting a War Fund. I am sure, Sir, that you, of all people, have not forgotten the last occasion on which the authorities attempted to base a national movement upon the King's wholesome example. The authorities probably do not wish to see His Majesty flouted in the matter of a War Fund as he was, to the nation's disgrace, flouted in the matter of abstinence. It is a testimony to the nobility of our Sovereign's character that he has not been deterred from once more doing a kingly thing. Is it even now not too late for the nation to show that this time it appreciates 1-