15 NOVEMBER 1935, Page 6

I used to talk with the late Frank Gray, the

former. M.P. for Oxford, about the institution he founded at Bicester for the support and training of young vagrants.. But I never went to see it, and now I suppose I never shall. For the home, I see, is to be closed, and for the depressing reason that it has proved a dead failure. The statement that out of 250 youths under 21 admitted to Gray House since it was opened no more than 30 can be declared with certainty to have made good provokes disturbing reflections. The implication is•that all was right with tha authorities of the house, and all wrong with the materillt they had to deal with. That may quite well be so ; know nothing of the facts. But an alternative explanation is obviously conceivable.