27 DECEMBER 1919, Page 3

Lord Robert Cecil and other well-known men and women made

an eloquent appeal in Monday's Times for help for Southern Russia. They ask not so much for money as for personal service in that distressed country, where civilization has, so to say, been torn up by the roots and flung aside. Lord Robert Cecil and his co-signatories propose to establish groups of British men and women in Southern Russia to work with any Russian organizations that may still survive, such as the Zemstvo Union or the Co-operative Societies, in relieving distress and organizing schools, printing works, and dispensaries for all classes. British merchants can do little to re-establish trade until there is some sort of order in the country. What Russia needs is personal and disinterested help, such as British men and women can give. We trust that there will be a ready response.