26 JULY 1919, Page 14


[To rim ED/TOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I read in the number of the Spectator for July 19th in a letter signed "Sexagenarian" the following words in speaking of the new illustrated periodical The Owl: "It is pretty certain that the founders of the new Owl had never heard of the old one's; and later on in the letter, which I need not flirther quote, the writer says "Laurence Oliphant, who, if I mistake not, was one of the contributors." It may interest some of your readers to know that Mr. Oliphant was more than an ordinary contributor as his initials reversed (Laurence William Oliphant—O.W.L.) gave the name to the periodical.