22 AUGUST 1941, Page 14


SIR,—Could the rather smelly contents of one small dustbin be a clue to possible dangerous aspects of the organisation in this country to maintain the people's health? I am having a baby. As so earnestly desired by the Government, I have evacuated from London to have this baby. I took this small furnished house; after first satisfying myself that the sanitary arrangements were suitable for a baby. The refuse was collected regularly. Some three or four weeks before the arrival of the baby, the authorities have stopped collecting refuse from this house and say that they do not intend to resume.

Whether or not women are required, as a contribution to the war- effort, before and during the process of bearing a child, to labour digging pits in the garden deep enough for the burying of ref us.. is perhaps a minor issue. What appears to be even more serious is the fact that this represents a deliberate decline in the sanitary arrange- ments of the countryside at a time when children have been encouraged to go there. We have had no bombs down here. Perhaps we country dwellers feel that all should suffer alike. If our water- mains and our sewers are not fractured by bombs, and if, in fact, at this important time our sanitary arrangements are in no way impaired by enemy action, it seems that we know what to do about it. We can help ourselves and our children to a share of danger by abandoning the collection of refuse.—Yours faithfully,

"Pightle," Bix, near Henley-on-Thames. BERYL BUTLER.