28 SEPTEMBER 1929, Page 19


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

Sin,—Early this year, within the brief space of a few weeks, two remarkable men passed to their rest. They were Mr. Howard Williams, a son of the late Sir George Williams, founder of the Y.M.C.A., and Mr. William McCall. As Honorary Treasurer of Dr. Barnardo's Homes, Mr. Williams served that great philanthropy to the day of his death. Mr. William McCall was equally devoted as Chairman of the Council.

An interesting method has been devised for commemorating these two noble men in a manner which is most appropriate. Nine of the houses in Stepney Causeway, where Dr. Barnardo's work began fifty-five years ago with the " Ever-Open Door," need rebuilding in an up-to-date style. This can be done, with some other buildings that are needed, and the provision of spacious playgrounds, at a cost of £50,000. All who knew Mr. Howard Williams and Mr. William McCall will feel that such a scheme commends itself at once. They had often spoken of the need of modernizing these old buildings.

H.R.H. the Duke of York, K.G., as President of Dr. Bar- nardo's Homes, writes commending this appeal " to the generous support of all friends of destitute childhood. No two men could have served the Homes with more generous and self-sacrificing devotion than the late Mr. Howard Williams and Mr. William McCall."

It is proposed to acknowledge gifts in the Times. They should be sent to the Rt. Hon. the Lord Sudeley, Dr. Bar- nardo's Homes, Stepney Causeway, E. 1. On the Memorial Committee are such well-known men as Viscount Burnham, Viscount Ebbisham, the Bishop of Barking, Sir Andrew Wingate, the Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the Rt. Hon. L. C. Amery, M.P., Mr. Douglas MacAndrew, and others.—I am, Sir, &c., WILLIAM FRY, Honorary Secretary Memorial Committee and Vice-Chairman of Dr. Barnardo's Homes. Dr. Barnardo's Homes, 18-26 Stepney Causeway, E. 1.