16 AUGUST 1935, Page 19


[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sm,—At this time of the year the thoughts of many will turn to plans for holidays in the country or by the sea, but the difficult times through which we are passing make such holidays very difficult for some. In the dreariest parts of London there are crowds of boys whose only opportunity of a change from hemmed-in surroundings is that offered by the camps of The Boys' Brigade, but one of the difficulties at the present time is that the boy of from fourteen to eighteen years of age is often the only member of his family at work, and his wages are so badly needed at home that saving is very difficult. Such boys will probably be allowed a week from work, but unless help is forthcoming will have to spend the time in the streets of London.

For the past fifty-twci years The Boys' Brigade has provided in its camps the ideal holiday for the working boy with a complete change to open-air life, good food, sane discipline, and the cost kept down to the lowest possible figure. Low as this is, it is more than many will be able to raise, although they will be expected to pay a large propoition. May I, as` one who knows the great work The Boys' Brigade is doing in training the boys of our nation to become manly Christian citizens, ask your readers to help with the balance so that, in this Silver Jubilee Year, every one of these young Londoners may enjoy the benefits of camp ? Donations should be addressed to the Hon. London Treasurer, The Boys' Brigade; Abbey House, Westminster, S.W.1, and cheques crossed " National Provincial Bank Ltd."—I am, yours faithfully, Abbey' House, Westminster, 5.14'.1. Joins GILMOUR.