Will you allow me to tender my sincere apologies to
Mi. E. R. McGregor for having unwittingly offended him ? I admit freely that I have never heard Americans using the words of which he complains. But I think he might have given me credit for attempting to poke fun at those English writers who
invariably exaggerate when describing Americans and trying to make them talk. It was necessary to make the central figure of my story an American in order to make ,play with the
word " help." We do not call servants " helps ' in this coun- try ; but even Mr. McGregor will admit that the word is often used in that sense in the United States.—L. V. UPWARD, Hampstead.