27 NOVEMBER 1915, Page 13



Sra,—How to deal with the lean years coming upon us, and to cheek the extravagance and waste now and for many years prevalent in all classes, is a problem now engaging the anxious attention of all thoughtful persons. In these Northern towns the high wages deservedly earned and the generous allowances to families of our brave soldiers are producing among the sober and steady the natural consequence of expensive living This trouble ' greatly aggravated by ignorance of food. values and of elementary cooking. All foods that are inex- pensive are generally slighted, and few are economically cooked. Many unwholesome foods sold in shops ready for consumption are popular. It is vain to remonstrate. The authorities in Church and State are vigorously advising and complaining, but their efforts are inadequate, if not futile. Our best hope is to educate the children in elementary economy. This has not yet been done. I earnestly ask your help in pressing upon the Board of Education the necessity of at once making this subject an obligatory one in all schools, elementary and secondary, which enjoy a Government grant. All schools failing to satisfy H.M. inspectors ought to have no grant on any subject taught. The Public Schools will follow the example, and in a few years the present shameful waste will be considerably lessened, and eventually we may rival in this our brave allies and our efficient, though bar-

barous, enemies.--I am, Sir, Ac., SPERMOL0008.