1 APRIL 1922, Page 11


[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR.—In your " News of the Week "ending March 4th, I notice that whilst you, like many others, are not quite happy about the Egyptian settlement, you think it probably the best that could now be achieved under the circumstances. You observe, however, that under it the position of the land cultivators will probably be worsened, but that meantime, at least, they do not understand this. 1 happened to he in Cairo a week or two ago for a couple of days, and revisited the great Moslem University of El Azhar in company with a very intelligent Arab guide. I asked him if there were many students at the University at present, and he said "No, only fourteen thousand, three thou- sand less than the number in attendance before the riots last year," and he gave as the reason the disapproval of the country- people of the agitation against the British and the fear of these people that their sons would be led into evil courses by the extreme element at the University. He said a cousin of his own in his village had removed his son for this reason, and added that " Of course, we know how much we owe to the British occupation." I think this information may be of some interest to your readers.—I am, Sir, &c., ROBERT USHER. Wells, Hawick.