20 DECEMBER 1930, Page 18

[To the Editor of the SrEcrxrcin.] tried, but was too

late, to delete the erroneous state- ment that the Sikhs intermarry with the Hindu's. What is trite, and complicates the Problem, is the difficulty of knowing how many-, orthOdox Sikhs there are, So many come-under-the

influence •of the Arya Samaj or Hinduism, thereby ceasing to be strict Sikhs. • The Akali trouble arose partly from this eause.

Perhaps the expression had blood," to which Mr. Ilohne objects, was too strong. But at many periods during the past year Calcutta -European opinion has tended to annoyance with what has seemed the -defeatism of some of the Bombay European business community. There is no question that the latter have been sharply criticized. The Calcutta European community-is in a much stronger and more independent posi- tion than the Bombay one.—I am, Sir, &c.,