26 JULY 1919, Page 13


[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTLTOR."] Snc,—It is curious that when there has been so much discussion I'S to coal-mines being nationalized no reference seems to have been made to the coal-mines which are worked in the Forest of Dean. These mines are practically nationalized, for all raining royalties are paid to the Commissioners of Woods and Forests on behalf of the Crown. One can study in the Forest the effect of the Crown—i.e., the nation—being owner of royalties. To one fairly familiar with mining conditions there the miners' houses seem no better but rather worse than else- where, and the general amenities, as tested by roads, schools, charities, distinctly worse.—I am, Sir, &c., LAWYER.