16 APRIL 1932, Page 18


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,— IL is now sonic thirteen months since the Spectator, in an irresistible article by Major Yeats-Brown, put the case for saving the Foundling Site as a playground for children before a sympathetic public. The goal, which seemed so distant then, with £425,000 to be raised, has conic much nearer now, for the Appeal Council only need another £000 to complete the purchase of their quarter of the site, while Lord Rothermere has saved the Whole of the Forecourt for the children as a memorial to his two sons, morts sur le champ d'honneur, and only the fate of the remaining three-eights of the site remains in doubt. I think we shall not appeal in vain to readers of the Spectator to help us with this last £6,000. 'rhey may do so either by direct donations addressed to our Hon. Treasurer, Mr. J. H. Leal, at West Lodge, 93 Guilford Street, W.C.I, or they may join the rush for tickets for the matinee that Miss .Euth- Draper is giving for our benefit on April 27th at the Savoy Theatre—one of only two or three appearances that that inimitable artist will make in London during this season.

As to the northern Portion of the site, where lie the swimming- bath and the btrildinki.nsed in out: sitirirc-fni. infant welfare, its acquisition is now being considered by the local authorities concerned. Times are still difficult and public money is still

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Short, and yet the public; who have given so .ungrudgingly of their private means to save the site will hope and expect that these public bodies will now come to their reicite: Donations have reached us from practically all countries of the, world, and certainly from. every Dominion of the British Empire. Dis- appointment will be keen if the task cannot be finished to which so much financial sacrifice has gone already. But we are hopeful. It is not the way of our countrymen to leave so good a job half done.—I am, Sir, &c., JANET TREVELYAN,

Hon. Secretary, Foundling Site Appeal.