19 NOVEMBER 1921, Page 3

We are glad to learn from the Daily Chronicle that

Major- General Sir Borlase Childs has been appointed to succeed Sir Basil Thomson as head of the Special Branch at Scotland Yard. Sir Borlase Childs did good work in the War, especially as Director of Personal Services at the War Office. We trust that the Home Secretary, undeterred by the threats of the Daily Herald, will permit the Special Branch to watch the doings of the revolutionaries in the pay of Moscow. Sir Basil Thomson's reminiscences, which are appearing in:the Times, show how useful he and his staff have been in keeping the Government well informed and thus. enabling them to take precautions against seditious conspiracies. No honest man has any reason to fear the Special Branch.