20 FEBRUARY 1953, Page 5

The Shah has very rightly hurried to the scene of

the Persian earthquake. He probably got there faster than the Indian District Commissioner who heard, while returning by sea from leave, of a serious disaster in the area for which he was respon- sible. He at once cabled his sympathy, adding "Am travelling day and night to reach you." He was. The liner carrying him pursued its methodical course to Bombay. JANUS.