18 FEBRUARY 1949, Page 18


SIR,—Just when the director of an important youth organisation is demanding that the spotlight should be taken off youth, there comes news of revolt in a men's hostel of Bristol University. The inmates protest against the weekly charge and are outraged because they are required by the rules to make the beds and do the washing-up. Is it not strange that there should be college students who are still unaware of the domestic revolution through which their country has passed, as also of the student service widely established in other lands ?

In Canada and the United States students have always been ready for any work, indoors or out, to ease the burden on their parents and to help the institution. Are the lads at Bristol ignorant of the fact that, while household service becomes ever more difficult to recruit, young women can earn at it a wage higher than many of the most highly skilled mechanics could obtain ten years ago ? If the hostel charges are too high, what more satisfactory way of bringing relief than by co-operation in the kinds of work most easily organised and carried out ? And, by the way, have these objectors heard nothing from their girl friends ? Do they suppose they will dare to propose marriage to any of them without some

reference to household chores ?—Faithfully yours, S. K. RATCLIFFE. Princes Risborough.