30 MAY 1925, Page 15


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sue—Buying Imperially and eating Imperially are matters of very great importance to the British public, and they are given peculiar significance by the reopening of the British. Empire Exhibition. Having seen the clean and hygienic con- ditions under which fruit is grown, handled, and packed in Australia, I whole-heartedly support the suggestion that people here would do well to buy fresh and dried fruits from Australia and our other Dominions—fruit grown and packed by clean and conscientious British men and women.

While my husband was Governor of South Australia we made a tour of the Murray River fruit-growing settlements for returned soldiers and their wives. Incidentally, 50 per cent. of the wives of these returned soldiers are young women drawn from various parts -of the British Isles. We were delighted with all we saw, and I have, since our return, worked- to the best of my humble ability to urge shops and

stores to encourage the sale of these products of our Dominions. One gets the best value for one's money in buying fruits grown under the most perfect conditions, handled and packed by competent and clean people, and the men and women who supply us are our own flesh and blood.

They need our practical help in purchasing fruits which they grow as a means of livelihood. We need these products of their labour for our health and well-being.—I am, Sir, &e.,

41 Berkeley Square, London, W. GRACE WEIGALL.