5 JUNE 1920, Page 14

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR.") SfR,—Your article on " Thanks " reminds me of a story told to me by a worker who lived in one of the industrial towns of the north, a town not altogther famous for fine manners. He was travelling by tram in one of the large cities in the United States. On receiving his ticket from the conductor he said " Thank you." The conductor beamed all over his face and said, "The first ` Thank you' for a ticket since I have been in this city." My friend afterwards had n chat with the man, and found that he had come from his own native town. " Fine day, Sir," from a perspiring passer-by on a blazing hot day is full of refreshment. It is a sign of good fellowship. I hope that we may always retain these little courtesies. They do so much to break down our insular aloofness. They are " our greetings