5 APRIL 1924, Page 9

If, for instance, a sugar planter with estates in Jamaica

and in Antigua wishes to visit the latter island from the former, he can only do so by going via New York. The monotony of life in the tropics is a subject which Sir Arthur Shipley touches on, and those who have tried it will understand the yearning of the white residents which he describes in the following sentence :—" They ache to see a tree with its leaves off, its branches and twigs etched across a wintry sky ; they yearn to cross the hideous Charing Cross railway bridge, and to smell the mutton-chops in the Strand."