28 MAY 1921, Page 11


Sra,—Your correspondent " Loyalist" seems to think that it will quite answer the purpose of, and, indeed, be an improve- ment on, the proposed League of Good Citizens if a Central Committee be formed of representatives from the already existing loyal associations, "to bind the twigs," as he puts it, "into one strong bundle." It is to be trusted that a movement which must have the good wishes of all who have the welfare of their country truly at heart will not be conducted on any lines so deliberately inviting failure. Every one who has had any experience in such matters knows that in the case of any gathering of delegates as envisaged by "Loyalist" it can be taken as certain that the interests of their own societies will come first with them, and all the little jealousies and rivalries to which Colonel Pottinger refers in his letter of last week will be brought to the council table, to the detriment of the common cause which they have professedly met to promote. By all means let a strong Central Committee, charged with the establishment of the proposed League, be formed of men—and women—whose names and reputations will serve as a guarantee of their whole-heartedness, and the loyal elements of the nation will flock to the standard so set up; but to confine the move- ment to an attempted " co-ordination" (however blessed the word) of existing organizations will only leave them in the same state of mental confusion and doubt as to which of the many is really worthy of support that the majority of them are