15 OCTOBER 1910, Page 2

As always on such occasions, there has been a great

deal of talk about subterranean passages. In one ease, indeed, a tunnel two miles in length is said to have been discovered. We shall be very curious to know whether these passages really exist, or whether they are only the outcome of excited imagination. People soon lose count of distances in the dark, and represent vaults and cellars as "extending for miles" when they only run for a few yards. There is not an abbey ruin in England to which traditions do not still cling of wonderful underground passages,—passages which if they had really existed "in the days of the monks" would have rendered England a veritable rabbit-warren.