28 SEPTEMBER 1929, Page 19



In your Notes of the Week (issue September 21st), com- menting on the above, you write :-

"Altogether the owners would have very little to fear if they showed a more forthcoming disposition. The manifest destiny of the coal industry is international regulation."

It may be manifest to you, but is it manifest to the general public and the coal-owners that international regulation is likely to come in our time, or at all ? Is not the wish father to the thought ? Further you say :—The coal-owners need only say to the Government :—

" We should destroy our industry if we granted the hours and Fonditions which the men demand, but we admit that if under international regulation output were restricted and wages were raised in the countries which most seriously compete with us, the situation would be changed. Provisionally, therefore, we will co-operate with you. If you fail us in making progress with international regulation we shall feel that we are no longer com- mitted."

What does all this mean—ought the mine-owners to say to the 'Government : " When you 'have secured international regulation you may expect us to co-operate, or do you wish us to co-operate in the hope that some day international co-operation may be secured ? " If the coal-owners are wise they will most surely insist on the former, becausei if the coal-owners, after a hard struggle to bring the coal industry to something like solvency, were to increase the cost of coal again before international action was secured, they would again lose the trade they have so hardly won back.— E. L. OLIVER, The Waterhouse, Bollington, Macclesfield.


Did any of your readers note the aptness of a verse in the Morning Lesson last Sunday to the financial crash in the City ? Jer. 17, 11. : " As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not ; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool."—G. C. WILTON, Rector of St. Anne's, Soho, W.


As a result of the original suggestion in our issue of July 20th, we are still receiving, by every post, letters from people who are interested in this scheme. This has enabled us to compile lists, which are rapidly growing, of those who are willing to help in the distribution of plants in poor districts, of persons and institutions which are themselves in need of plants, and of those whose generosity and horticultural resources enable them to supply them. We have thus estab- lished an exchange, through which members of these lists are put into touch with a number of those in each of the others. We should like to remind readers who have been away, or who for some reason have missed the earlier corre- spondence, that what are wanted are cuttings, such as are usually thrown away, or plants which have had to be thinned out, yet are healthy and likely to be welcome to many poorer gardeners. The Spectator will be glad to hear of any more readers who can help in this valuable work, either from the side of supply, or from that of distribution.—En. Spectator.


A Four-NOTE to a letter on this subject appeared in the Spectator of September 21st. In a certain number of early copies an error occurred, which was corrected in later copies. The foot-note should read :—" We should like to repeat our offer to give a free page advertisement in the Spectator to the establishment which is the first to obtain, and sell as such, furs from humanely killed animals."—En. Spectator.


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