20 MAY 1905, Page 15

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The witty article on

the million-stamps superstition in your last issue pitches on to the horns of a dilemma the many charitably inclined sceptics who have received a current " snowball " appeal from New South Wales for used postage- stamps. Since one million used postage-stamps cannot even get a patient into a hospital in England, can it still be possible that in New South Wales three million are "sufficient to build a ward," as the appeal asserts ? An explanation has been requested from the author of the appeal, which, if vouch- safed and enlightening, you may perhaps be willing to publish in the interests of philanthropy and reason.—I am, Sir, &c.,