1 SEPTEMBER 1939, Page 6

Under their new rationing system the Germans are to be

allowed, among other things, t oz. of soap per week. Not being entirely clear what that means in terms of familiar soap measurements I have had an ordinary tablet of toilet soap weighed. It turns the scale at just under 4 oz. Each German, therefore, will have to exist for a week on the equivalent of about a quarter of a normal piece of soap. That, it must be assumed, will have to serve for washing his person, his clothes, his floors, his knives and spoons and any other object that may need ablution. This is real hardship. for the ordinary German is essentially a cleanly person.