26 MAY 1939, Page 23


[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR] SIR,—In a few days 1,800 Spanish refugees will be sailing for Mexico in the first Pilgrim Ship, to start a new life in a new land. They have been drawn from all the concen- tration camps in France, and families reunited at last are setting out with courage and hope.

After their hardships in the retreat and in the camps they are almost all in need of medical care. This the Spanish Medical Aid Committee has undertaken to provide. Sick bays on the ship are being fitted up, medical stores are being bought, and the Spanish doctors accompanying them are being supplied with the necessary instruments and equipment to enable them to function effectively on the ship and when they reach their new home.

For this we are committed to an expenditu:e of over £5oo. This is in addition to the assistance we are giving to those still in the camps and settlements in France. We have sent them medicaments, disinfectants, soap, clothing and milk foods for typhoid patients, and are collaborating in a scheme whereby three mobile dispensaries tour the camps and settlements in France. May we appeal again for help to enable us to continue this work?—Yours faithfully,


69 Great Russell Street, W.C. 1. Organising Secretary.