31 MAY 1930, Page 18

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In his letter to

you in your issue of 10th inst., Sir Patrick Fagan writes " I fear' that nothing which either I or writers far more capable than myself can urge is likely to amuse you and those who think with you from the state of dogmatic slumber in which you contemplate conditions in India."

Nevertheless, though still less capable than Sir P. Fagan, at the risk of an editorial' snub, in face of the repeated public warnings of such men as Lords Inchcape, Sydenham and Meston, Sirs M. O'Dwyer, R. Craddock and P. Fagan, and also Mr. F. R. Bagley (than whom not even Lord Inchcape is better qualified, from wide experience, to express a sound opinion) I venture to suggest that those who support the policy you so strongly advocate are incurring an awful respon-

sibility, in the opinion of very many well qualified to judge; to untold dumb, millions, whom its fulfilment will condemn to ruin, misery and bloodshed.

I may add that I myself have spent more than fifty years of my life in close association with the agricultural working -masses, who place implicit faith in British justice, as at present constituted, and amongst whom I am proud to think, I have many friends who trust, love and respect me.—I am, Sir, &c.,