20 DECEMBER 1930, Page 20

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Snr,—The Rev. Francis Underhill

says " No serious person who has thought out the consequences of laxity, as seen in the ruined lives of Men and women, will desire that-easy divorce should invade our part of the world." This, surely, is putting the cart before the horse, for he ignores the far greater and present evil of immorality consequent upon restricted divorce and also the ruined lives of those now separated either legally Or voluntarily—and their numbers are legion.

These laws-exist here only because of the mental lethargy of those placed in authority, misnamed conservatism. Unkind people might with much reason call it stupidity. We are a sane people and the last of all likely to run amok in matters of