16 FEBRUARY 1940, Page 22


SIR,—A few weeks ago you were good enough to publish some verses of mine headed " Evacuees." In them I men- tioned the verminous state of some of our evacuated children and their preference for tinned food rather than country produce. If I unwittingly hurt the susceptibilities of any of your readers, I am most sincerely sorry ; but if I could arouse them to a sense of their own responsibility in this matter, I should be extremely glad. We ought not to allow our little brothers and sisters to live in surroundings that breed dirt and disease. We should agitate continually for more and better houses, and most of us could take our share in some voluntary organisation for the betterment of our younger generation. But are we? Judging by my recent experiences, we are not.—Yours faithfully,