2 MAY 1931, Page 19



Sir J. M. Erskine, whose letter on "A Sentimental Burglar" appears in your last issue, may be interested to hear another experience. My son's suitcase was stolen from his motor car. Besides clothes, &c., the suitcase contained several books of private accounts of great interest to the owner. A few days after the.theft the books of accounts with other private papers from the suitcase were left, carefully done up in a brown-paper parcel, on the steps of one of the offices of a London company.

As the books bore my son's name, he was traced through the Telephone Directory and the books returned. The " senti- ment" which induced this thief to return books of no value to him is one to be encouraged. If you will permit, we would like to thank him through your widely read columns !- A. G. C.

[We include this letter for the sake of the story which it tells, but we rather deprecate our correspondent's idea of the type of reader to whom the Spectator appeals.—En. Spectator.]