6 JANUARY 1923, Page 23

THE " SPECTATOR'S " CIRCULATION. [To the Editor of the

SPECTATOR.] SrR,—I beg leave to add my corroborative testimony as to the value of the Spectator. During the past two years I have forwarded it regularly to " Bimbashi " Erskine Knollys, a young officer in sole charge al. a company of the Equatorial Battalion, stationed near the confines of Uganda. There is no white man within thirty miles of his solitary, tropical, fever-infested post, reached by a seven-days' journey through dreary desert, where the aborigines are of a low type of savagedom, and where he is completely cut off from al civilized and literary associations. He represents that by diligently studying the Spectator he is enabled to keep abreast of wise public opinion in England ; he can steer between the furious hostilities and the hysterical enthusiasms of home publications ; between those who call evil good and good evil ; between the optimists and the pessimists of the past, the present, and the future. Thus, when at intervals he is allowed leave from his appallingly desolate but responsible duties, and can return for short spells to England, he is not in the condition of the man awakened in Sleepy Hollow, but can pick up the threads of public interests

and conversation.—I am, Sir, &c., HENRY K.Nomvs, Col., late R.A.

25 Meyrick Park Crescent, Bournemouth.