[To the Editor of the Stx-rdvroa.] SIR,—I see that you
entirely agree with Lord Balfour of Burleigh in thinking that Children's Allowances should be made to the miners. Where is the money to, come from for these allowances ? Evidently mainly from the already over- burdened middle-class taxpayer who cannot now afford more than two children per family himself. Where is the justice of taxing him still more heavily in order that miners may have as many children as they choose free of cost ? See your own article, " Our Children and Our Future," page 1004, Spec- tator Literary Supplement. —I am, Sir, &e.,
Kincora, Lyme Regis.
J. L. N. Rocizu.
[In France and Germany where the system of family allowances has developed more quickly than we should have expected, employers have found that it is in their own interest to pay allowances which satisfy a real demand and therefore make for the stability of the• industry. The allowances are a matter of' arrangement between employer and employed-. This is -surely a very, human divergence from the comparatively inhuman fixed rate of wages prefCrred by the British worker, which means that in general a young man earns as much as his father, though his father has greater responsibilities as well as greater experience.—En. Spectator.]