1 DECEMBER 1928, Page 19


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sm,—It is now some months since Mr. F. Yeats-Brown in a series of articles drew the attention of your readers to the terrible conditions in South Wales. The immediate prospects there, and in the other coalfields were, when those articles were written, dark indeed, but, with the approach of winter they are darker still.

The generous response of your readers to the appeal implicit in Mr. Yeats-Brown's articles was convincing evidence, if such were needed, of their desire to give practical help in this national emergency. This encourages me to say that there have been, since then, developments in measures of relief' which require all the support possible. This committee is not only giving clothes and varied help to women and children; but, in co-operation with the local authorities, is finding work for some of the unemployed, and most important of all, is starting new allotments, and bringing back into use those which have become derelict through the lack of means to buy seed or to pay the rents. The possibility of increasing the numbet of these is mainly limited by the amount of funds available ; such will be gladly received by this committee.—I am, Ski

. Coalfields Distress Committee, Friends House, Euston Road, London, N.W.1.