16 AUGUST 1930, Page 15


The plight of the grain farmers has not much affected the glory of the harvest scene. The country of the Southern and Eastern Midlands could scarcely look more lovely than it looks to-day. Some of the wheats arc more red titan gold. The stooks of winter oats make almost architectural aisles and transepts across the stubbles and the silky sheen on the barley suggests a uniform crop, though in some fields the crops were seriously "laid." The late rains have brought the clovers over the tops of the stubbles. In a long journey by road I saw no harvester pulled by a horse ; and the amount of work done by the tractors was such that here and there the very landscape had changed between the outward and the homeward journey.